What happened to Penelope Ann Miller? Relationships, Net Worth

March 22, 2024
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Who is Penelope Ann Miller?

Penelope Ann is an American actress, perhaps best remembered as Tina Sabatini in the film “The Freshman” (1990), and as Gail in the film “Carlito’s Way” (1993), among other roles that she’s had during her career.

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What Happened to Penelope Ann Miller?

After a few years of obscurity, Penelope re-emerged as a celebrity star when she was chosen to portray Joyce Dahmer, mother of Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer in the Netflix biopic “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” (2022). Moreover, she is set to portray Nancy Reagan in the upcoming biopic “Reagan”, scheduled to premiere late in 2022.

Penelope Ann Miller Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Penelope Andrea Miller was born on 13 January 1964, in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is the daughter of Mark Miller and his first wife Beatrice Hudson Ammidown, a costume designer, journalist, and publicist.

The middle child, Penelope’s older sister is Marisa Miller, and younger sister is Savannah Miller. Her parents divorced in 1975, and his father remarried actress Barbara Stanger.

After finishing local high school in Los Angeles, she enrolled at Menlo College in Atherton, California, USA, which she attended for two years before she moved to New York City, where she studied theatre at HB Studio under Herbert Berghoff.


Career Beginnings

Penelope made her acting debut in 1984, as Nancy O’Hara for one episode of the popular soap opera “Guiding Light”. The following year she appeared on Broadway as Daisy, the lead star of the play “Biloxi Blues”, which garnered her national acclaim.

She then focused more on film and television roles rather than theater; in 1987, she portrayed Gwen Stottlemeyer in the short-lived comedy series “The Popcorn Kid”, and in 1988, she returned as Daisy, but this time in the film production “Biloxi Blues”, co-starring Christopher Walken, Matthew Broderick and Matt Mulhern.

In 1989, she made another Broadway appearance as Emily Webb in the play “Our Town”, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, and before the decade ended, Penelope co-starred with Don Johnson and William Forsythe in the action crime-drama film “Dead Bang”, directed by John Frankenheimer.

Rise to Stardom

To her surprise, Penelope started the ‘90s rather successfully, starring as the lead female, Tina Sabatini, in the award-winning crime-comedy film “The Freshman”, about a film school student who accepts a job with a local mobster, written and directed by Andrew Bergman, and starring Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick and Bruno Kirby.

The same year, Penelope had a supporting role in the Academy Award-nominated biopic “Awakenings” about people who suffer from encephalitis and the new drug they have been offered, based on the book by neurologist Oliver Sacks, and starring Robin Williams, Robert De Niro and Julie Kavner.

Furthermore, she starred as Joyce in the award-winning action-comedy film “Kindergarten Cop”, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Two years later, she had the supporting role in the “Chaplin” biopic about the famous silent film star and comedian, as Edna Purviance, one of Chaplin’s main co-stars. The same year she was Betty Lou in the mystery comedy film “The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag”, which tells the story of a small-town librarian who confesses to a murder she didn’t commit, to get some attention.

The following year, Penelope starred in Brian De Palma’s thriller crime-drama film “Carlito’s Way”, based on the novels by Edwin Torres and co-starring Al Pacino and Sean Penn. The film follows a Puerto Rican former convict who is just released from prison and who promises to stay away from drugs and violence and try to live a better life outside of New York City.

Penelope continued her career in a stunning way, starred in the action-adventure film “The Shadow” (1994), starring Alec Baldwin, about a man who fights his enemy, Shiwan Khan, who is trying to build an atomic bomb. Then, she had the lead role in the sci-fi horror-mystery film “The Relic” (1997), which follows an anthropologist and a homicide detective who try to destroy a South American lizard-like god who is attacking people in a Chicago museum.


In 1998 she had the lead role in the romantic comedy film “Rhapsody in Bloom”, co-starring Ron Silver and Craig Sheffer. Moreover, she starred in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated short-lived comedy series “The Closer”, with Tom Selleck and Edward Asner.

Before the ‘90s ended, Penelope portrayed Barbara Cousins in the television biopic about the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion “Rocky Marciano”, which starred Jon Favreau and Judd Hirsch.

The 2000s

Penelope slowed down with the start of the 2000s. She began the decade with the role of Mary kay Letourneau, a teacher who was arrested for raping her 13-year-old student and for giving birth to his children, in the television biopic “Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl”.


Three years later, she starred as Donna Hanover in the biopic about Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Giuliani, entitled “Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story”, during his time as New York mayor while battling the city’s crime problems, the looming tragedy of the September 11th attacks, and his failing marriage, starring James Woods.

In 2007, she was Denise in the award-winning horror mystery film “The Messengers”, while in 2011, she starred in the Oscar-winning romantic comedy-drama film “The Artist” about a film star who starts a romance with a young dancer, written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, and starring Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, and John Goodman.

Later Career and Decline

Two years later, Penelope portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln in the biopic about Abraham Lincoln entitled “Saving Lincoln”, with Tom Amandes in the lead role, then she played Elizabeth Turner, in the period drama film “The Birth of a Nation” (2016), about enslaved person Nat Turner who becomes a preacher and starts an uprising in the antebellum South, co-starring Nate Parker, and Armie Hammer.

She then failed to star in a notable role until 2020, and the part of Nicole in the award-winning thriller film “Adverse”, written and directed by Brian A. Metcalf and co-starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Mickey Rourke.


Net Worth

According to reports, Penelope Ann Miller’s wealth is estimated at $4 million, as of late 2022.

Personal Life, Dating, Married, Husband, Children

From 1994 to 1995, she was married to actor Will Arnett. However, there’s no information as to why the couple broke up.

On 28 May 2000, Penelope married James Patrick Huggins, and the couple has two children together, daughters Eloisa and Maria, born in 2000 and 2009, respectively.


The couple has gone over some problems during the years. Back in 2012, she filed for separation from her husband. However, they mended their ‘irreconcilable differences’ and have since been back together, apparently enjoying their family time with children.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Penelope Ann Miller has blonde hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m), weighs approximately 120lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 35-25-35, and bra size 40B.

Martha Clifford

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