|Portrayed By||Angela Cartwright|
Basic Information: Edit
- Full name: Penelope Roberta Robinson
- Birth date: September 9, 1985
- Birth place: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
- Height (at launch): 4 feet, 9 inches
- Weight (at launch): 75 pounds
- Eyes: Hazel… Hair: Dark brown
- Hobbies/interests: Zoology, classical music, literature
The original pilot describes Penny: age 11, an I.Q. of 147, her hobby is zoology.
With the arrival of second daughter Penny in 1985, Maureen Robinson left her job at the New Mexico Institute for Space Medicine and became a full-time housewife, "a position she found fully satisfying."
Like all of John and Maureen's children, Penny Robinson is talented and intelligent. By the time of the Jupiter 2 launch, when she was 12 years old, she had advanced to the 10th grade and had an I.Q. of 147.
Shortly after the Robinsons were chosen as the "first family in space," Penny joined the newly formed Space Scouts. This was a nationwide program that Alpha Control had set up to recruit young people for future colonization missions. Penny's "leadership abilities were proven" when she was soon elected president of the Santa Fe chapter.
Penny has some "tom-boyish" characteristics, probably due to her closeness to her brother, Will. She also has a tendency to let her imagination run out of control. Her parents sometimes have difficulty telling when she's being factual and when she's indulging in fantasy. This got her into some trouble during her year on Priplanus.
An animal lover, Penny adopted a Bloop--a small, ape-like creature--as a pet shortly after the family reached the planet. She named it "Debbie."
Another aspect of Penny's character is her outgoing, friendly personality, which made her very popular with Alpha Control instructors and employees. As Alpha Control's psychological tests predicted, Penny adjusted very well to the stresses and pressures of space travel.
Penny is a deeply thoughtful young girl, growing up on the spaceship without companionship of her own age. She likes to be alone and lives quite actively in her imagination. She is brave and cheerful, though prone to be snappish with her younger brother Will. She continues her studies on the Jupiter-2, and hopes to eventually become a formost authority on extra-terrestrial life.
Penny was brilliantly portrayed by Angela Cartwright.
|Portrayed By||Lacey Chabert|
Lacey Chabert portrayed Penny in the movie version of Lost in Space. This Penny is less innocent and imaginative than the original Penny. This Penny sneaks out the window (with a rope ladder) to do Lord knows what with her friends before the Jupiter II launch the next day. This Penny absolutely HATES the idea of going into outer space and wants to remain on Earth. Her specialty is communications and is glued to her communication device...often making notes with an audio diary on said communication device. Most of what she says is adolescent drivel.... like how she'll miss boys and kissing. Oh...Did I mention kissing? This Penny is also often seen smarting off to her parents, being a true whiney brat. Her voice is also pitched so high that it is similar to someone raking their fingernails on a chalkboard.
|Portrayed By||Unknown Infant|
|Only Appearance||"The Robinsons: Lost in Space"|
|First Appearance||2004 Unaired Pilot|
|Also Known As||Baby Penny|
|Mother||Dr. Maureen Robinson|
|Brother(s)|| Will Robinson|
In the 2004 unreleased pilot, "The Robinsons - Lost In Space," Penny is only a young infant girl. Penny is the youngest and fourth child of John and Maureen Robinson's children. Penny has a teenage brother David, a teenage sister Judy, and a ten-year-old brother Will who happens to be a genious. Why take an infant baby into space? The voyage to the planet Nova, which the Robinson family were moving to was meant to be a safe and peacful one. The reptilian like aliens that Military Leader John Robinson had driven away had not been seen or heard from in over fifteen years. Space was assumed to be relatively safe, so John Robinson had no qualms about taking his infant daughter into space. Penny is first seen when the Robinson family are at home on Earth, packing in order to travel to the planet Nova. Baby Penny is later seen aboard the Jupiter II Pod, in her father's arms. After the Jupiter Space Station is invaded by the reptilian aliens, Maureen is alone in the Jupiter II Pod, except for Penny, who she holds in her arms. An alien manages to open the door to the Jupiter II Pod and fires a laser at Maureen and Penny. Maureen narrowly sidesteps the laser, then hits a button which causes the door to slam shut, killing the alien. The last we see of Penny, is after the Jupiter II Pod detaches from the Jupiter Space Station. The Robinson's have managed to outrun the aliens, however, now their ship is heavily damaged...and the Robinsons have no idea of where they are. The scene ends with John hugging both Will and Judy...while Maureen holds Penny in her arms.
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