Marla Pennington

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Marla Pennington-Rowan
Born Marla Lynn Pennington
(1954-03-05) March 5, 1954 (age 64)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974-1989
Children 2

Marla Lynn Pennington (born March 5, 1954) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Joan Lawson on Small Wonder, her last acting role to date.

Her other television credits include Soap, Diff'rent Strokes, Magnum, P.I., Charlie's Angels, Happy Days, The Incredible Hulk, and General Hospital. Pennington's film credits include National Lampoon's Class Reunion, and The Day of the Locust.

While Small Wonder was her last acting role, she appeared in a brief reunion with her co-stars on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet on January 14, 2009. She provided commentary to the Small Wonder season 1 DVD set, released in February 2010.[citation needed]

In 2015, she talked about the show's 30th anniversary and explained that she had left acting after Small Wonder to have her son Dan and daughter Kat with her husband entertainment lawyer Tom Rowan (son of Dan Rowan), but wanted to get back into acting again.[1]


Year Film Role Notes
1976 Jim the World's Greatest Jan Alternative title: Story of a Teenager
1982 National Lampoon's Class Reunion Mary Beth Alternative title: Class Reunion
Year Title Role Notes
1974 Lucas Tanner Jane Benson 1 episode
1976 Charlie's Angels Jenny Warren Episode: "Bullseye"
1976–1979 General Hospital Samantha Livingston Chandler #2 Unknown episodes
1979 How the West Was Won Blossom Episode: "Luke"
Buffalo Soldiers Girl Television movie
1979–1981 Soap Leslie Walker 17 episodes
1980 The Incredible Hulk Miriam Charles Episode: "Deathmask"
1981 Magnum, P.I. Carol Ann Little Episode: "Billy Joe Bob"
1982 Happy Days Cynthia Brannigan Episodes: "A Touch of Classical"
"Hi Yo, Fonzie Away"
1983 Herndon Laura Unknown episodes
1984 Diff'rent Strokes Nurse Joan Fleming 1 episode
1985–1989 Small Wonder Joan Lawson 96 episodes


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