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Penelope Spheeris


Spheeris is often referred to as a 'rock 'n roll anthropologist'. In 1974 she formed the first Los Angeles music video production company, ROCK 'N REEL. She concluded her music video work with the Grammy-nominated, "Bohemian Rhapsody" video for "Wayne's World". Spheeris' feature film debut was the 1979 documentary on the Los Angeles punk scene, "... See full bio »

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Suburbia Director
(1983)
(1994)
(1993)

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 2012 The Real St. Nick (TV Movie)
 2011 Five (TV Movie) (segment "Cheyanne")
 2005 The Kid & I
 2004 Cracking Up (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Prom Night (2004)
 2003 The 75th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (segment "Tribute to Documentaries")
 2001 We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll (Documentary)
 2000 Dear Doughboy (TV Movie)
 1999 Hollywierd (Documentary)
 1998 Applewood 911 (TV Movie)
 1998 Senseless
 1996 Black Sheep
 1993 Danger Theatre (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Searcher in the Mist/Sex, Lies & Decaf (1993) ... (segments "Searcher in the Mist", "Sex, Lies & Decaf")
- Move My Lips/Dead Stranger in Paradise (1993) ... (segments "Move My Lips", "Dead Stranger in Paradise")
- Fatal Distraction/Lethal Luau (1993) ... (segment "Fatal Distraction")
 1992 Wayne's World
 1991 UFO Abductions (TV Movie documentary)
 1991 Visitors from the Unknown (TV Movie) (tcm)
 1991 Rap's Most Wanted (Video documentary)
 1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (TV Movie) (segment "3")
 1990 Thunder and Mud (Documentary)
 1990 Megadeth: No More Mr. Nice Guy (Music Video)
 1989 Bonfire: Sword & Stone (Music Video)
 1988 Megadeth: In My Darkest Hour (Music Video)
 1988 Night Ranger: I Did It for Love (Music Video)
 1987 Dudes
 1987 Megadeth: Wake Up Dead (Music Video)
 1983 Suburbia
 1971 I Don't Know (Short)
 1969 Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Print ads for Directors Guild of America (2001) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

P. Spheeris | Penelope 'Bud' Spheeris

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Spouse:

Bob Biggs  (divorced)

Relatives:

Costa-Gavras (cousin)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

["After Wayne's World (1992), you directed a bunch of studio fodder including The Little Rascals (1994) and Senseless (1998). What steered you in this direction?") When someone offers you $2.5 million to direct a film, you just fucking take it. I took the money and made a bunch of movies - The Little Rascals (1994), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), Black Sheep (1996) and Senseless (1998). After I ... See more »

Trivia:

She has directed one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Decline of Western Civilization (1981). See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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