Lara Jill Miller (Actress) as Sam - Gimme a Break!
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Updated: 12/17/08

Name: Lara Jill Miller

Born: April 20, 1967, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Claim To Fame: Miller played the tomboyish Samantha (Sam) Kanisky on Gimme a Break!

Family Life: She has two older sisters named Sharon and Cindy. She has been dating actor Reed Armstrong since 1996.

Info: Miller began her professional career with a role on Broadway as Amaryllis in a revival of The Music Man with Dick Van Dyke. In 1981, she was cast as the character of tomboy Samantha (Sam) Kanisky, opposite Nell Carter, on Gimme a Break! When the series ended in 1987, Miller moved back east to attend New York University.

While at NYU, she played on the university's women's varsity tennis team and continued to perform on stages around the country. Four years later, she graduated from Fordham University School of Law, leaving graduation early to portray Peter Pan in a production at the Pennsylvania Youth Theater in Pennsylvania. She later obtained her Bar association license to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Miller returned to Hollywood in 1999 with recurring roles on the Nickelodeon series The Amanda Show and All That, as well as General Hospital. In addition, she began working in animated series, lending her voice to characters such as Kari in Digimon (both the series and the feature film), Koko in Zatch Bell!, Alejo in Astro Boy, one of the Tachikoma mini-tanks in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Scheris Adjani in s-CRY ed.

She provided the singing voice of Dorothy Gale in the NPR version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as well as voices on Cartoon Network's The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and the PBS Kids "prequel" to Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford's Puppy Days.

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Trivia: Graduated from New York University and got her law degree at Fordham.

Has a Phi Beta Kappa key

Played on the varsity tennis team at NYU

Has passed the bar exam in 3 different states

Skipped her law school graduation so she could play Peter Pan on stage.

Attended William Allen High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Shares a birthday with her "Gimme a Break!" (1981) costar Joey Lawrence.

Was number 64 on vh1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" (2005).

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Where Are They Now: As of 2008, in addition to the recurring roles of Pookie, Wiki and Tini on Disney Channel's Higglytown Heroes, Heruka of Daigunder, and regular guest-starring roles on several other animated series, she also stars in a the Nick Jr series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! in the role of Widget, the show's problem solver, and also appears on Nick's Zoey 101 live-action series.

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