Thursday, January 19, 2012

Featured Icon: Penelope Ann Miller

Penelope Ann Miller (born January 13, 1964 as Penelope Andrea Miller), sometimes credited as Penelope Miller, is an American actress. She began her career on Broadway, and starred in several major Hollywood films, particularly in the early 1990s, and has continued appearing in supporting roles in both film and television.

Her Broadway theatre break came in 1985 when she was cast in the lead (opposite Matthew Broderick) in the Neil Simon play Biloxi Blues. (She would also star with Broderick in the 1988 film version of that play.)

Miller's film debut came in 1987 in Adventures in Babysitting. She took a role in one episode ("Death and the Lady") of the television series Miami Vice (which aired on October 16, 1987), and accepted several other small roles in film and television work. She then returned to Broadway in a revival of Our Town; her portrayal of Emily garnered her a Tony award nomination. She then appeared as Pee-wee Herman's (Paul Reubens) fiancée, Winnie Johnston, in the 1988 release of Big Top Pee-wee.

In 1990, she played Paula in Awakenings, starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. She also played in the 1990 movie Downtown with Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker. Again in 1990 she appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop. Miller plays a teacher, hiding with her son Dominic from her criminal drug-dealing husband Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson).

She subsequently appeared in a number of other theatrical movies, notably as Edna Purviance in Chaplin in 1992 and with Al Pacino in Carlito's Way in 1993.

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penelope_Ann_Miller

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