Hallie Todd

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Hallie Todd
Born Hallie Jane Eckstein
(1962-01-07) January 7, 1962 (age 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, acting coach, teacher
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Glenn Withrow (m. 1991–present)
Children Ivy Withrow (daughter)
Website http://www.hallietoddstudios.com

Hallie Todd (born Hallie Jane Eckstein; January 7, 1962) is an American actress, producer and writer, known for her roles as Penny Waters on Brothers and as Jo McGuire on Lizzie McGuire.

Early life[edit]

Todd was born in Los Angeles, California, the second child of actress Ann Morgan Guilbert and writer/producer George Eckstein.[1] Her mother famously carried her to term while appearing on The Dick Van Dyke Show, although the pregnancy was not part of the story line and was covered up with loose fit clothing and close up camera angles. Her older sister, Nora Eckstein, was an actress and talent agent and coach.[2] She has a younger half sister, Jennifer (daughter of George Eckstein and Selette Cole). Todd attended Palisades Charter High School [3]and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.[4]


She played a homeless character, “The Kid,” on a Christmas episode of Growing Pains. She played Penny Waters, the daughter of fictional former football player Joe Waters on the Showtime comedy series Brothers, which is her longest lasting role. In 1990, a year after Brothers left the air, Todd moved into her next sitcom role as spunky writer-and-aspiring-comedian Kate Griffin on Going Places.[5]

Later roles include Lal, Data's "daughter" on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Offspring;" Blanche's niece, Lucy, on the The Golden Girls episode "Nice and Easy;" the mother in the Disney Channel original movie The Ultimate Christmas Present; Hilda's and Zelda’s cousin Marigold, Amanda's mother, on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; and as Lizzie's mother, Jo McGuire, on Lizzie McGuire.[6]

She appeared in seven episodes of Murder, She Wrote, all but one as "Rhoda Markowitz", assistant to Keith Michell's suave sleuth, Dennis Stanton. Todd starred in the feature film The Mooring, which she co-wrote with her husband and daughter. The film was released on DVD, digital download and Video on Demand on February 19, 2013.[7] Todd is the co-founder of the film production company In House Media and also teaches acting classes and privately coaches.[8]

In 2016, Todd can be seen starring in Universal's American Girl: Lea to the Rescue.

Todd has also been cast in The Last Champion, which is currently in pre-production at In House Media Film Partners. She will executive produce and perform in the film, a coming-of-age, inspirational family sports drama. Her husband, Glenn Withrow, is set to direct the project. Withrow and Todd co-wrote the screenplay along with their daughter, Ivy Withrow, who also serves as VP of Development for the company. In House Media Film Partners was born when Todd and Withrow were inspired to create a family production company after Withrow's experiences working with Francis Ford Coppola on five films, starting with The Outsiders.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Todd has been married to director/producer Glenn Withrow since 1991. The couple have a daughter, Ivy.[10]





In between her acting roles, Todd wrote two books, Being Young Actors and Parenting The Young Actor.


  1. ^ "Hallie Todd biography at". filmreference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Nora Eckstein profile at". linkedin.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "E-Yearbook". e-yearbook.com. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Take Lessons". takelessons.com. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "IMDB: Hallie Todd". imdb.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ "IMDb: Hallie Todd". imdb.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Mooring" (doc). lionsgatepublicity.com/home-entertainment/themooring. February 19, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ "HallieTodd.com". hallietodd.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Variety". variety.com. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  10. ^ "In House Media: Hallie Todd". inhousemedia.com. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 

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