Sydney Penny

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Sydney Penny
Sydney Margaret Penny

August 7, 1971 (1971-08-07) (age 48)
Years active1979–present
Robert Powers (m. 1995)

Sydney Margaret Penny (born August 7, 1971) is an American actress. She is known for playing the roles of Julia Santos Keefer on the soap opera All My Children, and Samantha "Sam" Kelly on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She also starred in the 1998 WB television drama series Hyperion Bay, and as a teenager appeared in the 1985 Clint Eastwood film Pale Rider.


She was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Chatsworth, California, the daughter of former Western Swing bandleader and comedian Hank Penny and his wife, Shari. An early acting appearance was on the miniseries The Thorn Birds when she was only 11 years old as young Meggie. She also appeared as Dani in The New Gidget and as a pigeon-obsessed youngster in an episode of the police series T. J. Hooker. At the age of 13, Penny played Megan Wheeler in the Clint Eastwood western Pale Rider, released on June 26, 1985.[1] For this performance she was awarded a Young Artist Award at the 7th Youth in Film Awards in December 1985.[2]

She voiced Lucy Van Pelt in the television special It's Magic, Charlie Brown (1981).

She played the role of Julia Santos Keefer on the soap opera All My Children, from 1993 to 1996, with guest appearances in 1997 and 2002 and returned to the show in 2005. Penny left the show in May 2008 when Julia was killed off.

Penny has also appeared on the serials Santa Barbara as B.J. Walker during 1992-1993, Sunset Beach as Meg Cummings (filling in for Susan Ward in 1999), Beverly Hills, 90210 and Hyperion Bay as Jennifer.

In August 2003, she was cast as Samantha Kelly on The Bold and the Beautiful.[3] The character never caught on and Penny was bumped to recurring status in late 2004. She last appeared on April 26, 2005, and rejoined All My Children a few months later. She stayed with the show for an additional three years.

Penny has remained good friends with her former co-star on All My Children, Sarah Michelle Gellar.[citation needed]





  1. ^ Giroux, Jack (14 December 2018). "All 37 Clint Eastwood Movies, Ranked". Thrillist. Group Nine Media Inc. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. 73. Gale. 19 January 2007. p. 189.
  3. ^ "Buzz". Soap Opera Weekly. 13 February 2007. p. 8.

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