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Birthday 7 January, 1962
Birthplace Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 5' 3" (160 cm)
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Claim to Fame Lizzie McGuire
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Hallie Todd

Actress | Producer | Writer

Date of Birth 7 January 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Name Hallie Eckstein

Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

She is best known to television viewers for her role as "Jo McGuire", Lizzie's mom on Disney's hit series Lizzie McGuire (2001). She was named one of The Ten Best TV Moms of All Time by CNN Entertainment (2010).

Her first break came when she was cast in Showtime's comedy series Brothers (1984), for which she earned two Cable ACE nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of "Penny Waters". In addition to her film and six series regular roles, she has guest-starred on several television shows, from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) to Malcolm in the Middle (2000).

Born in Los Angeles, Hallie Todd is the daughter of actress Ann Morgan Guilbert and producer/writer George Eckstein. In 1998, she and her husband, Glenn Withrow, founded "In House Media", a full service media and actors' training facility out of which developed what has become "Hallie Todd Studios", located in Sherman Oaks, CA. In addition to The Mooring (2012), she has authored two books for young actors and their parents - "Being Young Actors" and "Parenting The Young Actor".

She resides in Studio City with her husband of nineteen years, 'Glenn Withrow', and their seventeen-year-old daughter and writing partner on The Mooring (2012), Ivy Withrow.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: BigD

Spouse (1)

Glenn Withrow (1991 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Daughter of actress Ann Morgan Guilbert and George Eckstein.

Stepdaughter of Guy Raymond and Selette Cole.

Younger sister of Nora Eckstein.

Has appeared in episodes of three different series with Frankie Muniz: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996), Lizzie McGuire (2001) and Malcolm in the Middle (2000).

Co-founder of In House Media, Inc., a full-service production company in Sherman Oaks, California, that she operates with her husband Glenn Withrow.

Mother, with Glenn Withrow, of daughter Ivy Withrow.

Sister-in-law of Marek Sekowski.

Founder of Hallie Todd Studios, an acting conservatory in Los Angeles.

Teaching acting to kids and teens through her acting conservatory, Hallie Todd Studios.

Hallie Todd

Actress Hallie Todd is especially well known to audiences for her role as Jo McGuire, Lizzie's mom on the hit series Lizzie McGuire and in The Lizzie McGuire Movie. ("Top Ten TV Moms" - CNN Entertainment)

In addition to acting in films and television series, she writes, produces and teaches. Her acting classes have gained national recognition and have been featured on ABC Primetime, in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Recently, Hallie and her husband/partner director Glenn Withrow, along with their daughter Ivy Withrow, wrote and produced the feature film, The Mooring. The suspense/thriller was released by Lionsgate Entertainment (2013). Ten of the twelve leading roles in the film were cast from students discovered in Hallie's classes and workshops around the country.

This summer, Hallie stars in the new American Girl movie, "Lea To The Rescue," based on the adventures of 2016 Girl of the Year, Lea Clark. Hallie is also preparing to produce and star in her company's next film, The Last Champion, a coming-of-age family sports drama.

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.

Early life

Todd was born in Los Angeles, California, the second child of actress Ann Morgan Guilbert and writer/producer George Eckstein. Her mother famously 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. She has a younger half sister, Jennifer (daughter of George Eckstein and Selette Cole). Todd attended Palisades Charter High School and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.


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.

Later roles include Lal, Data's "daughter" on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Offspring;" Blanche's niece, Lucy, on the 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 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. Todd is the co-founder of the film production company In House Media and also teaches acting classes and privately coaches.

In 2016, Todd can be seen starring in Universal's American Girl: Lea to the Rescue.

Todd has also been cast in The Last Champion, which is currently in pre-production at In House Media Film Partners. She will executive produce and perform in the film, a coming-of-age, inspirational family sports drama. Her husband, Glenn Withrow, is set to direct the project. Withrow and Todd co-wrote the screenplay along with their daughter, Ivy Withrow, who also serves as 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.

Personal life

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

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