|Kaley Cuoco Biography|
Penny is Leonard and Sheldon's new neighbor across the hallway and is, as described by Wolowitz, a "cheesecake-scented goddess." She is a beautiful waitress at the local Cheesecake Factory. She is also writing a semi-autobiographical story about a girl from Lincoln, Nebraska, who travels to Los Angeles to become an actress but ends up working at the Cheesecake Factory.
The reason Penny moved in next door is that she recently split with her boyfriend of four years, Kurt, and was thrown out of their place. She says she still loves him even though he lied and cheated on her. She is messy and disorganized but appears to like it that way. She is not intellectually gifted but does have a lot of common sense and a knowledge of pop culture.
Whenever Penny goes on a rebound relationship, she picks up an attractive man and then has 36 hours of meaningless sex over the course of a weekend; afterward, the relationship deteriorates. She also has said that she likes to "initiate," rather than have men "initiate" it for her (0203). Previously, it was revealed that Penny liked to have sex in unusual locations (such as a Subway sandwich shop.) She is better at the video game Halo 3 than Sheldon which aggravates him especially when Penny teases him about it. She also once becomes addicted to online gaming, to the point of ignoring her friends and calling Sheldon at all hours for advice (0203). She has her first date with Leonard after saying why she wants "to date a guy who truly cares for me" to which Leonard responds "What about me?" Before the date, Leonard gives Penny a very passionate kiss. The two have a successful first date, but Penny is worried after she lies to Leonard about graduating from community college. Leonard eventually learns about this from Sheldon, but makes matters worse when he tries to tell Penny it's not a big deal. After a few fairly meaningless dates with very different men such as dumb pretty boy Eric, brilliant handsome physicist Dave Underhill and comic-book store owner Stuart, she nearly had sex with her always caring and cared for friend Leonard when his mother comes to visit him, but the idea of her having sex with him just to overcompensate her lack of fatherly love during childhood spoils the moment. A few months later, when Leonard has to go to the North Pole for three months with Sheldon, Howard and Raj, Penny realizes she was harboring deep feeling for him all the time. Upon his return, she immediately and passionately kiss him on her doorstep and subsequently she starts what it seems as a pretty healthy relationship which they are enduring to date. Penny's screen name in the game Age of Conan hints at the possibility that Penny is a nickname for Penelope.
- 1985: Penny is born, between November 23 and December 22, on a farm near Omaha, Nebraska.
- (she told Sheldon she was 22 years old at the beginning of season 2, which was September 2008; she told the boys she was a Sagittarius in the pilot episode; her birthday must be closer to the end of December than the end of November because she's still 22 years old during the first part of the Christmas episode in 2008)
- c. 1997: Penny, who is growing up on a farm, rebuilds a tractor engine at age 12 (0102)
- c. 2002: Penny is a senior in high school; she is told she is going to be named head cheerleader only to be disappointed when the position is given to another girl, Valerie Mosbacher (0301)
- c. 2003: moved to California, moved in with Kurt (four years ago, according to Penny when she tells "the story of Penny" to Leonard and Sheldon) (0101)
- September, 2007: broke up with Kurt, moved into apartment 4b, across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon.
Penny's last name has not yet been revealed on the show, although she's not keeping it a secret from her friends. Leonard, for example, has seen her mail on a number of occasions (often when he intentionally intercepts it to create an excuse to go over to her apartment). He signed for a delivery for her (0102), as did Sheldon (0218).
- 2003 to 2007 - Kurt
- October 2007 - Doug
- April-May 2008 - Mike
- May 2008 - Leonard
- Summer 2008 - Eric
- December 2008 - David Underhill
- February 2009 - almost Leonard
- April-May 2009 - Stuart
- May 2009 - almost Leonard
- September 2009-April 2010- Leonard
Penny is played by Kaley Cuoco.