Penelope Spheeris Net Worth

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Penelope Spheeris net worth is
$5 Million

Penelope Spheeris Wiki Biography

Penelope Spheeris (born December 2, 1945) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is best known as a documentary film director whose works include the trilogy titled The Decline of Western Civilization. She has also directed feature films, including Wayne's World, her highest grossing film.

Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 2, 1945
Place Of BirthNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
ProfessionDirector, Miscellaneous Crew, Producer
Wayne's World (1992)$150,000
1[on Mike Myers] I hated that bastard for years. But when I saw Austin Powers, I went, 'I forgive you, Mike. You can be moody, you can be a jerk, you can be things that others of us can't be - because you are profoundly talented. And I forgive you.'
2My 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.
3["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".
4[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."
5I 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.
6The 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.
1Second cousin of Julie Gavras and Romain Gavras.
2Older sister of late singer-songwriter Jimmie Spheeris.
3Daughter of 'Gypsy' Spheeris.
4Declined the offer to direct This Is Spinal Tap (1984), because she thought you couldn't make fun of Heavy Metal music.
5Is first cousin of Greek/French director Costa-Gavras.
6She 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.
7She 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).
8She 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.


The Real St. Nick2012TV Movie
Five2011TV Movie segment "Cheyanne"
Balls to the Wall2011
The Kid & I2005
Cracking Up2004TV Series 1 episode
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV Special segment "Tribute to Documentaries"
The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron2003TV Movie
We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll2001Documentary
Dear Doughboy2000TV Movie
Applewood 9111998TV Movie
The Thing in Bob's Garage1998
The Decline of Western Civilization Part III1998Documentary
Black Sheep1996
The Little Rascals1994
The Beverly Hillbillies1993
Danger Theatre1993TV Series 3 episodes
Wayne's World1992
UFO Abductions1991TV Movie documentary
Rap's Most Wanted1991Video documentary
Prison Stories: Women on the Inside1991TV Movie segment "3"
Visitors from the Unknown1991TV Movie tcm
Thunder and Mud1990Documentary
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years1988Documentary
Hollywood Vice Squad1986
The Boys Next Door1985
The Decline of Western Civilization1981Documentary
I Don't Know1972Short
Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales1969


Roseanne1989-1990TV Series story editor - 24 episodes


The Kid & I2005producer
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV Special segment producer
The Beverly Hillbillies1993producer
Danger Theatre1993TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
The Decline of Western Civilization1981Documentary producer
Real Life1979producer
Saturday Night Live1975-1976TV Series producer - 9 episodes


The Little Rascals1994screenplay / story
Danger TheatreTV Series creator - 5 episodes, 1993 written by - 1 episode, 1993 story - 1 episode, 1993
Roseanne1990TV Series written by - 1 episode
Summer Camp Nightmare1987screenplay
Suburbia1983written by
The Decline of Western Civilization1981Documentary


California Entertainment Weekly2005TV SeriesHollywood Film Director
Wayne's World1992uncredited
Wedding Band1989Nicky's Mom
The Second Coming of Suzanne1974Margo, Logan's Film Group
The Ski Bum1971Star the Witch
Naked Angels1969Shirley


Mississippi Rising2005TV Movie documentary
We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll2001Documentary

Camera Department

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III1998Documentary camera operator: "b" camera
The Decline of Western Civilization1981Documentary additional cinematographer - as P. Spheeris


Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales1969


The Ninth Cloud2014special thanks
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
A Celebration of Women Directors2008Documentary special thanks
What We Do Is Secret2007special thanks
Edgeplay2004Documentary special thanks
N.Y.H.C.1999Documentary special thanks
The Celluloid Closet1995Documentary special thanks


Half the Picture2017Documentary post-productionHerself
At the Video StoreDocumentary post-productionHerself
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Filmmaker
Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever2015TV Movie documentaryHerself - Director, Wayne's World
Penelope Spheeris: An IU Cinema Exclusive2015ShortHerself
Backseat Filmmaker2015TV SeriesHerself
D.I.Y.2014Documentary shortHerself
AM Northwest2013TV SeriesHerself
50 Documentaries to See Before You Die2011TV Series documentaryHerself - Filmmaker / Herself - 'The Decline of Western Civilization' Director
Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel2011DocumentaryHerself
Direct Your Own Damn Movie!2009Video documentaryHerself
Biography2008TV Series documentary
The UCLA Dynasty2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHerself
The Henry Rollins Show2006TV SeriesHerself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Kid & I2005Herself
The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
101 Reasons the 90's Ruled2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood High2003TV Special documentaryHerself
Independent View2002TV Series documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Un-Defining Punk2000Video documentary shortHerself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Lauren Hutton and...1996TV SeriesHerself
Decade1989TV Movie documentaryHerself
Calling the Shots1988DocumentaryHerself

Archive Footage

E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself

Won Awards

2005LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalMaverick Award
2003Lifetime Achievement AwardTemecula Valley International Film Festival
2001Pioneer Filmmaker AwardDeep Ellum Film Festival
2001Spirit of Silver Lake AwardLos Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival
2001Most Popular DocumentaryMelbourne International Film FestivalWe Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll (2001)
1998Jury AwardChicago Underground Film FestivalBest DocumentaryThe Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)
1998Freedom of Expression AwardSundance Film FestivalThe Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)
1993Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Resurrection of a TV ShowThe Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
1983Silver HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest First Feature FilmSuburbia (1983)

Nominated Awards

2012DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-SeriesFive (2011)
1998Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDocumentaryThe Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)
1992GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Music Video - Long Form

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