Lara Jill Miller

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Lara Jill Miller
Born (1967-04-20) April 20, 1967 (age 48)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress, attorney, voice actress
Years active 1980–present

Lara Jill Miller (born April 20, 1967) is an American actress, voice actress, and attorney. She is perhaps best known for her role as Samantha "Sam" Kanisky on the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break!. She has also done voice work for numerous animated series.


Miller was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Allentown's William Allen High School.[1] Her mother was a homemaker and her father a pajama factory owner.[2] Miller's professional acting career began on Broadway, where she appeared as Amaryllis in a revival of The Music Man with Dick Van Dyke.[3]

In 1981, after her appearance on Broadway, she joined the cast of Gimme a Break!, playing the role of the tomboyish Samantha "Sam" Kanisky, opposite Nell Carter. When the series ended its six-year run on NBC in 1987, Miller returned east, to New York University, where she also played on the university's women's varsity tennis team and continued to perform on stages around the country. Four years later, she graduated from Fordham University School of Law, leaving graduation early to portray Peter Pan in a production at the Pennsylvania Youth Theater in Pennsylvania. She subsequently obtained her Bar association license to practice law in New Jersey, New York and her native Pennsylvania.[4]

In 1999, Miller returned to Hollywood, California and resumed her on-camera acting career with recurring roles on the Nickelodeon series The Amanda Show and All That, as well as General Hospital. She also began working in animated series, lending her voice to characters such as Kari in Digimon (both the series and the feature film), Koko in Zatch Bell!, Alejo in Astro Boy, one of the Tachikoma mini-tanks in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Scheris Adjani in s-CRY-ed. Miller also provided the singing voice of Dorothy Gale in the National Public Radio adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the voices of the titular characters on Cartoon Network's The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and the PBS Kids "prequel" to Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford's Puppy Days.

Other roles include the recurring roles of Pookie, Wiki and Tini on Disney Channel's Higglytown Heroes, Heruka of Daigunder, and the Nick Jr series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! as Widget, the show's problem-solving pink creature resembling a rabbit, both PBS series Curious George as Allie and SciGirls as Izzie.,[3] and regular guest-starring roles on several other animated series.

As of January 2015, she is doing voice work on two Disney Channel/Disney Junior television series, as the voice of Lambie in Doc McStuffins and the voice of the titular character in Henry Hugglemonster.


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  1. ^ August 05, 2011 (August 5, 2011). "City Profile: Allentown - Morning Call". Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Miller, Samantha (January 1, 2000). "Brief Episode". Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Lara Jill Miller - Disney Channel Medianet
  4. ^ Lawler, Sylvia (January 15, 1995). "With Law Degree In Hand, Lara Jill Miller Returns To Acting - Morning Call". The Morning Call. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 

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