Hallie Todd
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Hallie Todd

Hallie Todd
Hallie Jane Eckstein

(1962-01-07) January 7, 1962 (age 58)
OccupationActress, acting coach, teacher, producer, writer
Years active1980-present
(m. 1991)

Hallie Todd (born Hallie Jane Eckstein; January 7, 1962) is an American actress, producer and writer, who played Penny Waters on Brothers and Jo McGuire on Lizzie McGuire.

Early life

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.[2] Her older sister, Nora Eckstein, was an actress and talent agent and coach. 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";[6] 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.

She appeared in seven episodes of Murder, She Wrote, all but one as "Rhoda Markowitz", assistant to Keith Michell's sleuth, Dennis Stanton.[7] 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. Todd is the co-founder of the film production company In House Media and also teaches acting classes and privately coaches.

In 2016, Todd was seen starring in Universal's An 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.[8]

Personal life

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



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
TBA The Last Champion Melinda Miller post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Sara Emma Higgins TV series
1977 Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night Babysitter Television film
1980 Family Marci Murdock Episode: "Daylight Serenade"
1983 Who Will Love My Children? Joann Fray Television film
1983 ABC Afterschool Special Brenda Episode: "Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents?"
1983 The Best of Times Patti Eubanks Television pilot
1984-1989 Brothers Penny Waters Main role
1985 Highway to Heaven Cindy DeGeralimo Episode: "Cindy"
1986 The Golden Girls Lucy Warren Episode: "Nice and Easy"
1986 Growing Pains The Kid Episode: "The Kid"
1988 HeartBeat Allison Episode: "To Heal a Doctor"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Moira McShane Episode: "Class Act"
1990-1991 Murder, She Wrote Rhoda Markowitz Recurring role, 6 episodes
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Lal Episode: "The Offspring"
1990-1991 Going Places Kate Griffin Main role
1992 Laurie Hill Ellen Maddox Episode: "The Heart Thing"
1992 Brooklyn Bridge Miss Chapin Episode: "In the Still of the Night"
1996 Murder One Monica Reese Episode: "Chapter 18"
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Susan Stimpson Episode: "Left-Handed Murder"
1996-1997 Life with Roger Lanie Clark Main role
1998 Two of a Kind Marci Episode: "Breaking Them Up Is Hard to Do"
1999 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Marigold Episode: "Sabrina the Matchmaker"
2000 The Ultimate Christmas Present Michelle Thompson Television film
2001-2004 Lizzie McGuire Joanne "Jo" McGuire Main role
2003 Kim Possible Summer Gale Voice role; 2 episodes
2003 National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion Jill Snider Television film
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Miss Shaw Episode: "Dirty Magazine"
2005 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Dr. Phyliss Voice role; episode: "Freaky Tuesday"


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


  1. ^ "Hallie Todd biography at". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ David Van Deusen. To Twilo and Beyond!: My Walnut Adventures with the Dick Van Dyke Show Cast. iUniverse; November 2005. ISBN 978-0-595-37380-2. p. 172.
  3. ^ "E-Yearbook". e-yearbook.com. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Take Lessons". takelessons.com. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Millie Fanelli". Los Angeles Times, By SUSAN KING Oct. 7, 1990
  6. ^ David Greven. Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films. McFarland; 10 January 2014. ISBN 978-0-7864-5458-7. p. 114.
  7. ^ Mike Hughes, "Guilbert and daughter Todd try newly launched comedies". The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee, October 3, 1990, Page: 28
  8. ^ "Variety". variety.com. Retrieved 2016.

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