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Pennie Lane Trumbull

Pennie Ann Trumbull (born July 3, 1954), known as Pennie Lane, is an American socialite, philanthropist, businesswoman, and entrepreneur. During the 1970s she formed the group The Flying Garter Girls, who traveled around the country as the promoters for famous rock bands. Her time as a band promoter was chronicled in the 2000 film Almost Famous and she was portrayed by actress Kate Hudson.[2]

Pennie Trumbull
Pennie Ann Trumbull

(1954-07-03) July 3, 1954 (age 64)
EducationRoosevelt High School
Spouse(s)Mink Stavenga (1983- divorced)[1]



Early lifeEdit

Trumbull was born in Portland, Oregon. She was an only child and attended Roosevelt High School, where she was an award-winning equestrian and tried out for the Olympic team. Her love of music began at an early age and she started attending concerts at 16. She moved to Los Angeles when she was 18 with a touring musician with Steppenwolf who was in a rock band and returned to Portland a few months later.

The Flying Garter GirlsEdit

In the early 1970s she became immersed in the rock music scene. She and four other girls decided to form a group and begin promoting bands. They each gave themselves nicknames and Trumbull chose the name "Pennie Lane" in part from the song by the Beatles. The other girls in the group were Marvelous Meg, Sexy Sandy, The Real Camille, and Caroline Can-Can. The girls had matchbooks made with The Flying Garter Girls printed on them to promote themselves, and quickly became successful and worked with countless rock bands over a period of three years, after which the girls left the rock music world behind them.[3]

Later lifeEdit

Trumbull lived in San Diego for many years. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cal State Northridge, where she was a competitive fencer, and her master's degree (M.B.A. in Marketing) in 1988 from Alliant International University.[4] She owned her own marketing firm for a time. Upon her divorce in the early 90s, she decided to move back home to be closer to her parents. She bought property on Sauvie Island and built a ranch, which she describes as a "Rock n Roll Ranch". Pennie owns her own wine label titled Swallows and grows her own Pinot noir grapes. She continues to be involved in the music scene in the Portland area. Trumbull is an ordained minister and officiates weddings at her ranch.[5]

She is a longtime member of the Sauvie Island Grange Association and various other community organizations.[6]

Portrayals in mediaEdit

Her friend, film director Cameron Crowe, asked for her permission to use her name and likeness in a feature film he was creating. Crowe used her as a consultant on the film. Trumbull was hesitant about losing her privacy, but Crowe insisted that the character be named Penny Lane, and agreed to change the spelling from Trumbull to Trumble. Crowe and Trumbull had met in the 1970s while Crowe was working as a journalist covering rock music for Rolling Stone, and he wanted to create a film about that time period. When Crowe suggested that actress Kate Hudson be cast as Pennie, she was initially hesitant, but later agreed that she was the right choice. Hudson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for her performance as "Penny Lane".[7]

In 2012 Trumbull was the special guest at the San Diego Film Festival, which featured a special screening of Almost Famous. She continues to make appearances discussing the film and her life in the 1970s.[8][9]


  1. ^ "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 November 2014), Mink H Stavenga and Pennie A Trumbull, 25 Jun 1983; from "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2007); citing San Diego, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Stephanie (October 16, 2002). "They used to have Rockin' roles". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  3. ^ Almost Famous Story Retrieved August 18, 2015
  4. ^ Mother's Best. The Taunton Press. p. 108.
  5. ^ "From Groupies to Grapes". Oregon Wine Press. May 2, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  6. ^ Sauvie Island Community Association Retrieved August 18, 2015
  7. ^ Ammann, Ana and Ann Lasocki. "Will the real Pennie Lane please stand up?". Oregon Music News. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Kryza, AP (September 23, 2014). "AP Film Studies: Almost Factual". Willamette Week. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  9. ^ "Almost Famous: The Real Pennie". Portland Monthly Magazine. Retrieved October 29, 2016.