Hallie Todd

Hallie Todd

Birth name: Hallie Jane Eckstein
Born: January 7, 1962
Age: 61
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Hallie Todd (born Hallie Jane Eckstein; January 7, 1962) is an American actress, producer and writer, known for her roles as Penny Waters on Brothers and as Jo McGuire on Lizzie McGuire.

Todd was born in Los Angeles, California, the second child of actress Ann Morgan Guilbert and writer/producer George Eckstein.[1] Her mother carried her to term while appearing on The Dick Van Dyke Show, although the pregnancy was not part of the story line and was covered up with loose fit clothing and close up camera angles. Her older sister, Nora Eckstein, was an actress and talent agent and coach.[2] She has a younger half sister, Jennifer (daughter of George Eckstein and Selette Cole). Todd attended Palisades Charter High School [3] and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.[4]



She played a homeless character, “The Kid,” on a Christmas episode of Growing Pains. She played Penny Waters, the daughter of fictional former football player Joe Waters on the Showtime comedy series Brothers, which is her longest lasting role. In 1990, a year after Brothers left the air, Todd moved into her next sitcom role as spunky writer-and-aspiring-comedian Kate Griffin on Going Places.[5]

Later roles include Lal, Data's "daughter" on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Offspring;" Blanche's niece, Lucy, on The Golden Girls episode "Nice and Easy;" the mother in the Disney Channel original movie The Ultimate Christmas Present; Hilda's and Zelda’s cousin Marigold, Amanda's mother, on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; and as Lizzie's mother, Jo McGuire, on Lizzie McGuire.[6]

She appeared in seven episodes of Murder, She Wrote, all but one as "Rhoda Markowitz", assistant to Keith Michell's suave sleuth, Dennis Stanton. Todd starred in the feature film The Mooring, which she co-wrote with her husband and daughter. The film was released on DVD, digital download and Video on Demand on February 19, 2013.[7] Todd is the co-founder of the film production company In House Media and also teaches acting classes and privately coaches.[8]

In 2016, Todd was seen starring in Universal's American Girl: Lea to the Rescue. She was cast in The Last Champion, and will executive produce and perform in the film. Her husband, Glenn Withrow, is set to direct the project. He and Todd co-wrote the screenplay along with their daughter, Ivy Withrow, VP of Development for the company. In House Media Film Partners was born when Todd and Withrow were inspired to create a family production company after Withrow's experiences working with Francis Ford Coppola on five films, starting with The Outsiders.[9]

Personal life

Todd has been married to director/producer Glenn Withrow since 1991. The couple have a daughter, Ivy.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Sam's Son Cathy Stanton
1986 The Check Is in the Mail Robin Jackson
2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Jo McGuire
2012 The Mooring Nancy
2016 An American Girl: Lea to the Rescue Carol Clark
2017 The Last Champion Melinda Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Sara Emma Higgins TV series
1977 Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night Babysitter TV film
1980 Family Marci Murdock "Daylight Serenade"
1983 Who Will Love My Children? Joann Fray TV film
1983 ABC Afterschool Special Brenda "Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents?"
1983 The Best of Times Patti Eubanks Main role
1984-89 Brothers Penny Waters Main role
1985 Highway to Heaven Cindy DeGeralimo "Cindy"
1986 The Golden Girls Lucy "Nice and Easy"
1986 Growing Pains The Kid "The Kid"
1988 HeartBeat Allison "To Heal a Doctor"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Moira McShane "Class Act"
1990-91 Murder, She Wrote Rhoda Markowitz Recurring role
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Lal "The Offspring"
1990-91 Going Places Kate Griffin Main role
1992 Laurie Hill Ellen Maddox "The Heart Thing"
1992 Brooklyn Bridge Miss Chapin "In the Still of the Night"
1996 Murder One Monica Reese "Chapter 18"
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Susan Stimpson "Left-Handed Murder"
1996-97 Life with Roger Lanie Clark Main role
1998 Two of a Kind Marci "Breaking Them Up Is Hard to Do"
1999 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Marigold "Sabrina the Matchmaker"
2000 The Ultimate Christmas Present Michelle Thompson TV film
2001-04 Lizzie McGuire Joanne "Jo" McGuire Main role
2003 Kim Possible Summer Gale (voice) "Day of the Snowmen", "Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles"
2003 National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion Jill Snider TV film
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Miss Shaw "Dirty Magazine"
2005 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Dr. Phyliss (voice) "Freaky Tuesday"


In between her acting roles, Todd wrote two books, Being Young Actors and Parenting The Young Actor.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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