Mary-Louise Parker

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Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Parker at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
Born (1964-08-02) August 2, 1964 (age 50)
Fort Jackson, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Partner(s) Billy Crudup (1996–2003)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (2006–08)
Children 2

Mary-Louise Parker (born August 2, 1964) is an American actress. Best known for her lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, RED 2, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parker is also the recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in the Broadway play Proof.

Early life[edit]

Parker was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The youngest of four children,[1] she is the daughter of Caroline Louise (née Morell) and John Morgan Parker, a judge who served in the U.S. Army.[2][3][4] Her ancestry includes Swedish (from her maternal grandfather), English, Scottish, Scots-Irish, German, and Dutch.[5] Because of her father's career, Parker spent parts of her childhood in Tennessee and Texas, as well as in Thailand, Germany, and France.[6][7] She described her childhood as "profoundly unhappy", further noting that, "My parents did everything they could; I had books, clothes, a home and a warm bed, but I was never happy".[1] She graduated from Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona. Parker majored in drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she met Joe Mantello,[1] and graduated in 1986.

Career[edit]

1980s[edit]

Parker got her start in a role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. In the late 1980s, Parker moved to New York, where she got a job measuring feet at the ECCO shoe company. After a few minor roles, she made her Broadway debut in a 1990 production of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss, playing the lead role of Rita. She moved with the production when it transferred from its origin Off-Broadway. She won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance and was nominated for a Tony Award (although she did not play the role when the film was made).

1990s[edit]

She starred with Kevin Kline in Grand Canyon (1991); with Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Jessica Tandy in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991); with Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in The Client (1994); with John Cusack in Bullets Over Broadway (1994); and with Drew Barrymore and Whoopi Goldberg in Boys on the Side (1995), as a woman with AIDS. Her next role was in a movie adaptation of another Craig Lucas play, Reckless (1995), alongside Mia Farrow, followed by Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady (1996), which also starred Nicole Kidman, Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale, John Malkovich and Barbara Hershey. In addition, she appeared alongside Matthew Modine in Tim Hunter's The Maker (1997).

Parker's theater career continued when she appeared in Paula Vogel's 1997 critical smash How I Learned to Drive, with David Morse.[8] In the late 1990s, she appeared in several independent films, including Let the Devil Wear Black and The Five Senses.

2001–2003[edit]

On December 7, 2003, HBO aired an epic six-and-a-half hour adaptation of Tony Kushner's acclaimed Broadway play Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. Parker played Harper Pitt, the Mormon Valium-addicted wife of a closeted lawyer. For her performance, Parker received Golden Globe and Emmy awards[9] for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries.

2004–2006[edit]

In 2004, Parker appeared in the comedy Saved!, and a television film called Miracle Run, based on the true story of a mother of two sons with autism, as well as appearing in Craig Lucas' Reckless on Broadway. Parker took the lead role that had been Mia Farrow's on screen. The production, directed by Mark Brokaw, earned Parker another nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actress in 2005.[10]

In November 2005, Parker was the subject of a career exhibition at Boston University, where memorabilia from her career were donated to the University's library. Parker received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for her lead role in Weeds. In that category, she defeated the four leads of Desperate Housewives. She dedicated the award to the late John Spencer, known for his work as Leo McGarry on The West Wing. After receiving the award, Parker stated: "I'm really in favor of legalizing marijuana. I don't think it's that controversial."[11]

2007 onwards[edit]

In March 2007, Parker played the lead role in the television film The Robber Bride. She then portrayed Zerelda Mimms in the Andrew Dominik film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which opened in cinemas in September 2007. Parker appeared alongside Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell and Garret Dillahunt. In August 2007, Parker continued her role in the third season of Weeds.

In August 2007, she posed nude for an ad for the third season of Weeds. In the ad, she appears as Eve in the Garden of Eden, with a snake draped around her body and a cannabis leaf behind her ear.[12]

Parker appeared in 2008's The Spiderwick Chronicles and in off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons production in the New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Sarah Ruhl, alongside Drama Desk Award Winner Kathleen Chalfant.[13]

She filmed the Donna Vermeer film Les Passages alongside Julie Delpy. Following this, she returned to work on the fifth season of Weeds. Parker took the lead role in the Roundabout Theatre Broadway revival of the play Hedda Gabler, running from January through March 29, 2009.[14] The play garnered a series of negative reviews.[15]

Parker starred opposite Bruce Willis in the film RED, an adaptation of the comic book mini-series of the same name. The film was released on October 15, 2010.[16] In 2011, Parker became the host for the tenth season of the PBS documentary series Independent Lens.[17] In 2013 she played roles in both RED 2 and R.I.P.D. She appeared in the Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club production of the play The Snow Geese by Sharr White at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from October 24 through December 15, 2013. The play was directed by Daniel J. Sullivan and also starred Danny Burstein and Victoria Clark.[18]

Personal life[edit]

From 1997 to November 2003, Parker dated actor Billy Crudup, with whom she had a son, William Atticus Parker, born in 2004.[19] William's godmother is actress Susan Sarandon.[1]

In December 2006, Parker began dating actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whom she met on the set of Weeds.[20] On February 12, 2008, Parker and Morgan announced their engagement,[21] only to break up again in April 2008.[22]

In 2009, Parker was dating singer Charlie Mars, and appeared in a video for his "Listen to the Darkside."[23][24]

In September 2007, Parker adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia.[25][26]

In 2013 Parker was honored for her work with Hope North, an organization that works in the educating and healing of young victims in Uganda's civil war. The actress began her involvement with the organization after meeting a former victim of Uganda's civil war.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Signs of Life Charlotte
1989 Longtime Companion Lisa
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Ruth Jamison
1991 Grand Canyon Dee
1993 Mr. Wonderful Rita
1993 Naked in New York Joanne White
1994 Bullets Over Broadway Ellen
1994 Client, TheThe Client Dianne Sway
1995 Reckless Pooty
1995 Boys on the Side Robin Nickerson
1996 Portrait of a Lady, TheThe Portrait of a Lady Henrietta Stackpole
1997 Murder in Mind Caroline Walker
1997 Maker, TheThe Maker Officer Emily Peck
1998 Goodbye Lover Peggy Blane
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Julia Hirsch
1999 Five Senses, TheThe Five Senses Rona Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2000 Cupid and Cate Cate DeAngelo
2002 Red Dragon Molly Graham
2002 Quality of Mercy, TheThe Quality of Mercy Sarah Richardson Award winning short film
2002 Pipe Dream Toni Edelman
2004 Saved! Lillian Cummings
2004 Best Thief in the World, TheThe Best Thief in the World Sue Zaidman
2004 Miracle Run Corrine Morgan-Thomas
2006 Romance & Cigarettes Constance Murder
2007 Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, TheThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Zee James
2008 Spiderwick Chronicles, TheThe Spiderwick Chronicles Helen Grace
2009 Solitary Man Jordan
2010 Howl Gail Potter
2010 RED Sarah Ross Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2013 R.I.P.D. Mildred Proctor
2013 RED 2 Sarah Ross
2013 Christmas in Conway Suzy Mayor
2014 Behaving Badly Lucy Stevens
Television
Year Show Role Notes
1988 Ryan's Hope
1988 Too Young the Hero Pearl Spencer
1994 A Place for Annie Linda
1995 Sugartime Phyllis McGuire
1998 Saint Maybe Lucy Dean Bedloe
1998 Legalese Rica Martin
1999 Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, TheThe Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Dr. Valerie Crane
2000 Cupid & Cate Cate DeAngelo
2001–2006 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Amy Gardner Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series (2002)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003)
2002 Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Bonnie Hanssen
2003 Angels in America Harper Pitt Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2004 Miracle Run Corrine Morgan-Thomas
2005 Vinegar Hill Ellen Grier
2005–2012 Weeds Nancy Botwin Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2005)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (2007, 2008, 2009)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2007, 2008, 2009)
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Drama Diva
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006, 2008)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2009)
2007 Robber Bride, TheThe Robber Bride Zenia Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2014-Present The Blacklist Naomi Highland[28]
Theatre
Year Play Role Notes
1990 Prelude to a Kiss Rita Theatre World Award
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
1996 Bus Stop Cherie
1997 How I Learned to Drive Li'l Bit
2000 Proof Catherine Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
2004 Reckless Rachel Nominated—Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
2008 Dead Man's Cell Phone Jean
2009 Hedda Gabler Hedda Tesman
2013 The Snow Geese Elizabeth Gaesling

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gordon, Meryl. "Mary-Louise Parker Likes to Reveal Herself". MORE Magazine. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Parker's career makes leap with 'Canyon', 'Tomatoes'". San Antonio Express-News (nl.newsbank.com). January 16, 1992. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Debra Messing – 5 Women Who Make Us Want to Be a Better Man" November 1, 2000, Esquire magazine
  4. ^ The Washington Post, October 14, 2010, Obituaries, John Morgan Parker
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000571/bio
  6. ^ Today's Profile. 2006 Biography from Current Biography.
  7. ^ Mary-Louise Parker Biography (1964–). Film Reference.com.
  8. ^ Robertson, Campbell. "You’re Welcome to See Her Live, Not to Ask About Her Life". New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Mary Louise Parker Emmy Award Winner
  10. ^ "14 Tony Nods For 'Spamalot'". CBS News. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Parker: 'Legalise Cannabis' . Contact Music.com. January 17, 2006.
  12. ^ Snarker, Dorothy. "Mary-Louise Parker "Weeds" the garden of Eden". AfterEllen.com. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  13. ^ Main Stage Theater. Playwrights Horizons.org.
  14. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Parker's 'Hedda Gabler' Takes Her Last Shot March 29" playbill.com, March 29, 2009
  15. ^ Broadway Plucks Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds. TV Guide.
  16. ^ "Red Begins Principal Photography". /Film. January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  17. ^ Introducing Our Illustrious New Host, Mary-Louise Parker!.
  18. ^ Staff. The Verdict: Critics Review The Snow Geese on Broadway Starring Mary-Louise Parker" playbill.com, October 25, 2013
  19. ^ "Boy on the Side", EW.com, January 14, 2004
  20. ^ McDonnell, Jen (December 10, 2007). "Weeds Star's Relationship Hasn't Gone To Pot". 
  21. ^ Rush, George (February 12, 2008). "Mary-Louise Parker and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Engaged". The New York Daily News. 
  22. ^ "Mary-Louise Parker, Fiancé Break Off Engagement". People.com. April 8, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  23. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtEXBhs2Vtw&feature=kp>
  24. ^ http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/06/catching-up-with-mary-louise-parker-of-weeds.html
  25. ^ Jones, Oliver (September 17, 2007). "Mary-Louise Parker Adopts a Child from Ethiopia". People. 
  26. ^ "Reading is a favorite activity for Mary-Louise Parker and her kids". Celebrity Baby Blog. February 15, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2008. 
  27. ^ http://inthemixxshow.com/2870/fall-season-2013-episode-3-3
  28. ^ Patten, Dominic (July 26, 2014). "Comic-Con: ‘The Blacklist’ Adds Mary-Louise Parker To Season 2 Cast". Deadline.com. 

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