Parker Posey

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Parker Posey
Parker Posey @ Fox Upfronts 2007 02 (cropped).jpg
Posey at Fox Upfronts 2007
Born Parker Christian Posey
(1968-11-08) November 8, 1968 (age 45)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present

Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress. She became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films that gained her the nickname "Queen of the Indies",[1] and later playing improvisational roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries.[2]

Early life[edit]

Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the daughter of Lynda (née Patton),[3][4] a chef, and Chris Posey, owner of the local Chevrolet dealership. She has a twin brother, Christopher. Posey's first name was a tribute by her father to 1950s model Suzy Parker. After Posey's birth, the family moved to Laurel, Mississippi, where her mother worked as a chef and culinary instructor for the Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood, and her father operated a car dealership, Chris Posey Chevrolet, in Laurel. The family also lived in Monroe, Louisiana. Posey was raised Catholic.[5]

Film career[edit]

Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield[6] and Orlagh Cassidy.[citation needed]

Posey got her first break in television with the role of Tess Shelby on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Posey's first major role in a feature film was in Dazed and Confused (1993), a cult classic featuring Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.[7]

Throughout the late 1990s, Posey starred in 32 independent films and was nicknamed "Queen of the Indies".[1] These films include Personal Velocity, Basquiat, Clockwatchers, The Daytrippers, Party Girl, and The House of Yes, for which she received positive reviews for her portrayal of a delusional woman in love with her own brother.[8][9] She is part of the acting ensemble that appears in director Christopher Guest's films, including four of his mock documentaries: Waiting for Guffman in 1996, Best in Show in 2000, A Mighty Wind in 2003, and For Your Consideration in 2006. Posey has appeared in several films of Hal Hartley: Henry Fool (1998); two of his shorts, Opera No. 1 (1994; with Adrienne Shelley) and Sisters of Mercy (2004); and Fay Grim (2006). Posey also had a notable role as the best friend of Adam in the 2005 film Adam & Steve.[10]

Posey has had supporting roles in several big budget studio films, including You've Got Mail (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Laws of Attraction (2004), Blade: Trinity (2004) and Superman Returns, playing Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick.[7]

Posey starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English.[11] She was to feature in the John Waters film Fruitcake along with Johnny Knoxville. The film was to be set in her birth town of Baltimore.[12] However, John Waters announced that he has canceled Fruitcake, saying "I can't get it made...I thought it would do well, but it's not. In this economy, I'm going to have to do a puppet show."[13] She also appeared as Liz in several episodes of the third season of Louie.

Other work[edit]

Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin as preparation for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003),[7] a film in which she also sang. She used her vocal talents on several records of her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Adams. She also played the mandolin on The Dandy Warhols track "I Am Sound" from their Welcome to the Monkey House LP.[14]

Awards[edit]

In 2012, Parker Posey was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Dazed and Confused Darla Marks
Joey Breaker Irene Kildare
The Wake Beachgoer uncredited
Description of a Struggle Wanda
Coneheads Stephanie
1994 Mixed Nuts Rollerblader
Amateur Girl Squatter
Opera No. 1 Fairy # 1 Short film
Iris Short film
Dead Connection Denise
Sleep With Me Athena
1995 Party Girl Mary
An Eviction Notice Short film
Drunks Debbie
Flirt Emily
The Doom Generation Brandi
1996 Frisk Fergie
Kicking and Screaming Miami
subUrbia Erica
Basquiat Mary
1997 The House of Yes "Jackie-O" Pascal Sundance Film Festival Award for Special Recognition
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
The Daytrippers Jo Malone
Waiting for Guffman Libby Mae Brown
Clockwatchers Margaret Burre
1998 Henry Fool Fay Grim
What Rats Won't Do Mirella Burton
You've Got Mail Patricia Eden
The Misadventures of Margaret Margaret Nathan
1999 Dinner at Fred's Celia
The Venice Project Myra
Gushy Short film
2000 Best in Show Meg Swan
Scream 3 Jennifer Jolie Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2001 The Anniversary Party Judy Adams
Josie and the Pussycats Fiona
2002 The Sweetest Thing Judy Webb
Personal Velocity Greta Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
2003 A Mighty Wind Sissy Knox Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
The Event Nick
2004 Blade: Trinity Danica Talos
The Sisters of Mercy Short film
Laws of Attraction Serena
2005 Adam & Steve Rhonda
2006 For Your Consideration Callie Webb Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Fay Grim Fay Grim
The OH in Ohio Priscilla
Superman Returns Kitty Kowalski Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2007 Broken English Nora Wilder Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
2008 The Eye Helen Wells
2009 Spring Breakdown Becky Straight to DVD
2010 Happy Tears Jayne
2011 Inside Out Claire Small
2012 Price Check Susan Felders
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Mary Welsh Hemingway
2013 Hairbrained Shelia Pettifog
2013 And Now a Word From Our Sponsor Karen Hillridge
2014 Ned Rifle Fay Grim

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1991 First Love, Fatal Love
1991-92 As the World Turns Tess Shelby unknown episodes
1993 Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw
Tracey Ullman Takes On New York Libby
1998 More Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw
2000 Futurama Umbriel Episode: "The Deep South"
The Simpsons Becky Episode: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge"
2001 Further Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw
Will & Grace Dorleen Episode: "Loose Lips Sink Relationships"
Episode: "Jingle Balls"
2002 Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay Jinger Heath Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Frankenstein Detective Carson O'Conner
2006 Boston Legal Marlene Stanger Episode: "Squid Pro Quo"
Episode: "Spring Fever"
Episode: "BL: Los Angeles"
Episode: "Can't We All Get a Lung?"
2008 The Return of Jezebel James Sarah Tompkins
2009 Bored to Death Michelle Whiting Episode: "The Case of the Stolen Skateboard"
2011 Parks and Recreation Lindsey Carlyle-Shay Episode: "Eagleton"
2011 The Big C Poppy Kowalski Episode: "A Little Death"
Episode: "How Do You Feel?"
Episode: "The Darkest Day"
2011 The Good Wife Vanessa Gold Episode: "Affairs of State"
Episode: "Live from Damascus"
Episode: "Pants on Fire"
2012 Louie Liz Episode: "Daddy's Girlfriend Part 1"
Episode: "Daddy's Girlfriend Part 2"
Episode: "Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes"
Episode: "New Year's Eve"
2012 New Girl Casey Episode: "Re-Launch"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Corliss, Richard (1997-02-17). "Queen of the Indies". Time. 
  2. ^ Stern, Marlow (January 29, 2012). "Parker Posey on Her Comeback Role in ‘Price Check’". The Daily Beast. Retrieved May 7, 2013. "Posey is a key member of filmmaker Christopher Guest’s movie comedy troupe" 
  3. ^ "Obituaries for Friday, March 28, 2008 March 28, 2008, Leader Call
  4. ^ "Now, We're Just Parker Posey's Parents - Humor Keeps Actress's Popularity In Perspective" July 2006, Jackson Mississippi Clarion-Ledger
  5. ^ "Index magazine interview". Indexmagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  6. ^ Smith, Chris (October 6, 1997). "Ring Around the Posey". New York Magazine: 42. 
  7. ^ a b c Carr, David (May 6, 2007). "An Indie Star Whose Life Is an Indie Film". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Baker, Bob (July 21, 2003). "Parker Posey still poised on the brink of broader fame". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ Murray, Steve (December 15, 2002). "Parker Posey sees irony in 'queen of the indies' title". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Atlanta Journal Constitution. 
  10. ^ Holden, Stephen (March 31, 2006). "In 'Adam & Steve' a Second Chance for Lovers After a Disastrous Striptease the First Time Around". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Scheck, Frank (June 25, 2007). "Parker Posey just the fix for "Broken English"". Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ Lawson, Liz (May 9, 2008). "Parker Posey, Johnny Knoxville join Waters' Fruitcake". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2009-01-07. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Waters' Kids Movie Scrapped", January 16, 2009
  14. ^ "Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House CD". CD Universe. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 

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