Penelope Spheeris - Famous Television Producer

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Penelope Spheeris is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, with a net worth of $5 million. She gained fame for directing the movie Wayne’s World, and has also received numerous awards throughout her career.

Key facts:

  • Penelope Spheeris is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.
  • She is known for her documentary films and for directing the movie Wayne's World.
  • Spheeris earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts from UCLA.
  • She has won 11 awards, including the Freedom of Expression Award from the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Spheeris has also been nominated for a Grammy Award for the Wayne's World music video for Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Basic Information About Penelope Spheeris

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Directors
ProfessionsFilm Director, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Television Producer, Actor
Net worth$5,000,000
Date of birth1945-12-02 (78 years old)
Place of birthNew Orleans
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseBob Biggs - (7 JulyΒ 1977 - 14 DecemberΒ 1984)Β (divorced)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

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What Movie Awards did Penelope Spheeris win?


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Penelope Spheeris awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Stinker Award - Worst Resurrection of a TV ShowWinnerThe Beverly Hillbillies1993
Silver Hugo - Best First Feature FilmWinnerSuburbia1983

Penelope Spheeris roles

Movie / Series Role
The Little RascalsDirector
The Little RascalsWriter
The Little RascalsWriter
Wayne's WorldDirector
Wayne's World(uncredited)
The Beverly HillbilliesDirector
Black SheepDirector

Penelope Spheeris's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
Wayne's WorldΒ (1992)$150,000

Penelope Spheeris's Quotes

  • The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) was financed by two businessmen from the Valley who wanted to finance films. They had no idea I was going in to pitch a punk rock movie.
  • I generally think about myself as someone who studies human behavior and is trying to figure out what the hell is going on in our current society. If I can leave any film that helps define a certain time after I'm dead then that's great.
  • [on why she does documentaries about metal and punk music] "I mean, look, you don't see me making documentaries on Britney Spears, you know what I mean? Sweetheart of a little girl, you know. Or Madonna. That's not my thing. I just like this harder edge stuff. That's just me."
  • ["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 did Wayne's World (1992) - I tried like hell to direct movies I had written and books that I wanted to adapt for film. I tried so hard to do something beside television remakes but I couldn't get anything going. That is where the sexism in the film industry becomes all too apparent. If I was a guy, I swear to God I would have been able to get my own shit going after "Wayne's World".
  • My whole career up until Wayne's World (1992) didn't produce any monetary funds. When I directed Wayne's World, I made close to $150,000 - the biggest payday I had to date. My percentage points from Wayne's World enabled me to pay off all of the debts from my previous works, but I only came up even in the end.

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Interesting Facts about Penelope Spheeris

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Is first cousin of Greek/French director Costa-Gavras.
  5. Declined the offer to direct This Is Spinal Tap (1984), because she thought you couldn't make fun of Heavy Metal music.
  6. Daughter of 'Gypsy' Spheeris.
  7. Older sister of Linda Spheeris, Jimmie Spheeris, & Andy Spheeris.
  8. Second cousin of Julie Gavras and Romain Gavras.
  9. Mother, with Robert Schoeller, of Anna Spheeris.
  10. Mother-in-law of Damon Fox.
  11. 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).

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