Sydney Margaret Penny (born August 7, 1971) is an American Daytime Emmy-nominated actress best known for the roles of Julia Santos Keefer on the soap opera “All My Children” and Samantha “Sam” Kelly on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” She was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Chatsworth, California, the daughter of former Western Swing bandleader and comedian Hank Penny and his wife, Shari. An early acting appearance was on the miniseries “The Thorn Birds” when she was only 12 years old as young Meggie. She also appeared as Dani in “The New Gidget” and as a pigeon-obsessed youngster in an episode of the cop series “TJ Hooker.” At the age of 14, Penny played Megan Wheeler in the Clint Eastwood western “Pale Rider,” released in 1985. She also voiced Lucy van Pelt in the television special “It’s Magic, Charlie Brown” (1981). She played the role of Julia Santos Keefer on the soap opera All My Children, from 1993 to 1996, with guest appearances in 1997 and 2002 and returned to the show in 2005. Penny has also appeared on the serials “Santa Barbara” as B.J. Walker during 1992-1993, “Sunset Beach” as Meg Cummings (filling in for Susan Ward in 1999), “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Hyperion Bay” as Jennifer. In August 2003, she was cast as Samantha Kelly on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” The character never caught on and Penny was bumped to recurring status in late 2004. She last aired April 26, 2005 and rejoined “All My Children” a few months later. She would stay with the show for an additional three years. Penny has remained good friends with her former co-star on AMC, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
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