Penny Fuller in 1964
Penelope Ann Fuller
July 21, 1940
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
Penelope Ann "Penny" Fuller (born July 21, 1940) is an American actress. She received two Tony Award nominations for her performances on Broadway stage: for Applause (1970), and The Dinner Party (2001). For her television performances, Fuller received six Emmy Award nominations, winning once, in 1982 for playing Madge Kendal in The Elephant Man.
Early life and family
Fuller was born in Durham, North Carolina. She moved to Lumberton, North Carolina when she was 12 with her mother Helen and her stepfather Andy Roundtree. She attended Lumberton High School and Northwestern University, where her teachers included Alvina Krause.
After a handful of Shakespearean productions, Fuller gained notice on Broadway for her portrayal of the outwardly sweet but subtly undermining Eve Harrington in Applause (1970–1972), the musical version of All About Eve with Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing. She started in Richard Rodgers' 1976 flop about Henry VIII, Rex, in which she appeared opposite Nicol Williamson and Glenn Close. Fuller continued to work in musicals, including the original production of William Finn's A New Brain and a 1999 revival of Rodgers' Do I Hear a Waltz? at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse.) In later years, Fuller was also on Broadway in the original productions of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter (1997) and Neil Simon's The Dinner Party (2000); she was Tony-nominated for the latter. Off-Broadway appearances have included Three Viewings (1995) and Nicky Silver's Beautiful Child. Most recently, appeared in the 2017 revival of Sunday in the Park with George and as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia.
Fuller has extensive television work to her credit, including an Emmy-winning performance as Mrs. Kendal in the TV version of Bernard Pomerance's play The Elephant Man (1982) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984) by Tennessee Williams, in which she played Mae (a.k.a. Sister Woman). In 1992 she played Nancy McKeon's mother Ruth Benson in the CBS movie Baby Snatcher.
Fuller portrayed Amanda Harding in the ABC crime drama Fortune Dane (1986). She also appeared in dozens of other TV series, including The Edge of Night (1964), Love, American Style (1969), The Bob Newhart Show (1972), Banacek (1973), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), Trapper John, M.D. (1979 and 1981), One Day at a Time (1983), The Love Boat (1983 and 1985), Matlock (1988), L.A. Law (1988), Murder, She Wrote (1988 and 1993), China Beach (1989–90), Columbo (1990), Quantum Leap (1992), NYPD Blue (1994), Mad About You (1994–95), Melrose Place (1994–95), ER (1995), Law & Order (1998) and Judging Amy (2002 and 2005).
Fuller married Knox Kinlaw, a doctor in Atlanta, and they have a daughter, Heather.
- Women in Chains (1972, TV movie) as Helen Anderson
- Applause (1973, TV movie) as Eve Harrington
- All the President's Men (1976) as Sally Aiken
- Amber Waves (1980, TV movie) as Fern Jensen
- The Elephant Man (1982, TV movie) as Mrs. Kendal
- A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982, TV movie) as Mrs. Polanski
- Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal (1982, TV movie) as Jeannie Kolchak
- Intimate Agony (1983, TV movie) as Joanna
- License to Kill (1984, TV movie) as Judith Peterson
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984, TV movie) as Mae
- As Summers Die (1986, TV movie) as Marci Holt
- George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986, TV movie) as Eliza Powel
- The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987, TV mini-series) as Cordelia Grenville Hardington
- Fire and Rain (1989, TV movie) as Mrs. Hamilton
- Lies Before Kisses (1991, TV movie) as Katherine
- False Arrest (1991, TV movie) as Marilyn Redmond
- Miss Rose White (1992, TV movie) as Kate Ryan
- Baby Snatcher (1992, TV movie) as Ruth Benson
- Rio Shannon (1993, TV movie) as Beatrice Minister
- Star (1993, TV movie) as Olivia Wyatt
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) as Mrs. Margaret Drysdale
- The Gift of Love (1994, TV movie) as Leora
- Shadow Conspiracy (1997) as Dr. Olson
- The Color of Love: Jacey's Story (2000, TV movie) as Madeleine Porter
- King of the Corner (2004) as Mrs. Hargrove
- James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty (2014) as Anna Whistler (voice)
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