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Penelope Spheeris Biography and Filmography
Penelope Spheeris
Birthday: December 2, 1945
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Height: 0' 0"
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Majoring in film at UCLA, Penelope Spheeris launched her career by producing short subjects for satirist Albert Brooks, many of which were highlights of "Saturday Night Live's" first season. When Brooks stepped up to feature films with Real Life (1978), Spheeris stayed on as his producer. Her first "auteur" feature project was The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), a punk-rock documentary that she wrote, produced, and directed. After several years' work in documentaries of a doggedly non-comic (and unappealing) nature, Spheeris returned to laughmaking with Wayne's World, which became one of 1992's biggest hits. Spheeris would remain a comedy director, though her subsequent features varied wildly in quality. 1993's The Beverly Hillbillies opened strong, but was killed by word-of-mouth, while 1994's The Little Rascals managed to convey much of the sweetness and innocence of the old Hal Roach two-reelers of the 1930s — albeit with the requisite 1990's feminist slant.
Gospel According to Janis (2008)
[ Zooey Deschanel ]
The Kid & I (2005)
[ Shannon Elizabeth ][ Jamie Lee Curtis ][ Linda Hamilton ][ Arielle Kebbel ][ Lisa Wilhoit ]
The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003)
[ Shannon Elizabeth ]
We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll (2001)
Posers (2001)
Dear Doughboy (2000)
Hollywierd (1999)
Senseless (1998)
[ Debra Jo Rupp ][ Jenette Goldstein ][ Constance Zimmer ]
Applewood 911 (1998)
The Thing in Bob's Garage (1998)
The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)
Black Sheep (1996)
The Little Rascals (1994)
[ Mary-Kate Olsen ][ Ashley Olsen ][ Raven ][ Daryl Hannah ][ Whoopie Goldberg ]
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
[ Erika Eleniak ][ Lea Thompson ][ Cloris Leachman ][ Lily Tomlin ]
Wayne's World (1992)
[ Tia Carrere ][ Lara Flynn Boyle ][ Ione Skye ][ Colleen Camp ][ Donna Dixon ]
Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991)
[ Annabella Sciorra ][ Talisa Soto ][ Rae Dawn Chong ][ Rachel Ticotin ][ Lolita Davidovich ]
UFO Abductions (1991)
Thunder and Mud (1990)
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
Dudes (1987)
[ Catherine Mary Stewart ][ Pamela Gidley ]
Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)
[ Robin Wright ][ Carrie Fisher ][ Bitten Knudsen ]
The Boys Next Door (1985)
[ Patti D'Arbanville ]
Suburbia (1984)
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
I Don't Know (1972)
Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales (1968)
  • When asked why she declined to direct the sequel, Wayne's World 2 (1993) after directing the original, she said couldn't "deal" with Mike Myers again. Apparently Myers and Spheeris had a few "creative differences".
  • She admits that she has two distinct careers, one where she does mainstream Hollywood films like Wayne's World (1992) and the other, where she does independent music themed documentaries like the "Decline of Western Civilization" films.
  • She studied psychobiology (studying how the brain reacts to external forces) and film in college, eventually attending the film program at UCLA. After college, she produced short and feature length films directed by comic Albert Brooks, some of which were shown during the first season of "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
  • She was the oldest of four children. She often had to look after her siblings because her dad was killed when she was seven and her mom worked several jobs. She often chooses to interview musicians with troubled backgrounds because she feels her background was just as troubled.
  • Is first cousin of Greek/French director Costa-Gavras.

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