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 46)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1991–present

Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress and musician. 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 played improvisational roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries.[2]

Early life[edit]

Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Lynda (née Patton),[3][4] a chef and Chris Posey, owner of a car 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, her family lived in Monroe, Louisiana for 11 years.[5] They later 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. Posey was raised Catholic.[6]



Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield[7] 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 the cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993) with Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.[8]

Throughout the late 1990s, Posey co-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 role as a delusional woman in love with her own brother.[9][10] She co-starred in 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 of Hal Hartley's films including 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 notably co-starred as the best friend of Adam in the 2005 film Adam & Steve.[11]

Posey has co-starred 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 as Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick.[8]

Posey starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English.[12] She was set to co-star in John Waters' film Fruitcake with Johnny Knoxville. The film was to be set in her birth town of Baltimore.[13] However, 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."[14] She also had a recurring role in the third season of Louie as Liz.

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

Stage and music[edit]

Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin to prepare for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003),[8] a film in which she also sang. She provided vocals on several of her ex-boyfriend Ryan Adams' records. She also played the mandolin on The Dandy Warhols track "I Am Sound" from their Welcome to the Monkey House LP.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 First Love, Fatal Love Television film
1993 Dazed and Confused Darla Marks
1993 Joey Breaker Irene Kildare
1993 The Wake Beachgoer uncredited
1993 Description of a Struggle Wanda
1993 Coneheads Stephanie
1994 Mixed Nuts Rollerblader
1994 Amateur Girl Squatter
1994 Opera No. 1 Fairy # 1 Short film
1994 Iris Short film
1994 Dead Connection Denise
1994 Sleep with Me Athena
1995 Party Girl Mary
1995 An Eviction Notice Short film
1995 Drunks Debbie
1995 Flirt Emily
1995 The Doom Generation Brandi
1996 Frisk Fergie
1996 Kicking and Screaming Miami
1996 subUrbia Erica
1996 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
1997 The Daytrippers Jo Malone
1997 Waiting for Guffman Libby Mae Brown
1997 Clockwatchers Margaret Burre
1998 Henry Fool Fay Grim
1998 1What Rats Won't Do Mirella Burton
1998 You've Got Mail Patricia Eden
1998 The Misadventures of Margaret Margaret Nathan
1999 Dinner at Fred's Celia
1999 The Venice Project Myra
1999 Gushy Short film
2000 Best in Show Meg Swan
2000 Scream 3 Jennifer Jolie Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2001 The Anniversary Party Judy Adams
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Fiona
2002 The Sweetest Thing Judy Webb
2002 Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay Jinger Heath Television film
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2002 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
2003 The Event Nick
2004 Blade: Trinity Danica Talos
2004 The Sisters of Mercy Short film
2004 Frankenstein Detective Carson O'Conner Television film
2004 Laws of Attraction Serena
2005 Adam & Steve Rhonda
2006 For Your Consideration Callie Webb Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006 Fay Grim Fay Grim
2006 The OH in Ohio Priscilla
2006 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 Direct-to-DVD
2010 Happy Tears Jayne
2011 Inside Out Claire Small
2011 The Love Guide Angelica Lovecraft
2012 Price Check Susan Felders
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Mary Welsh Hemingway Television film
2013 Highland Park Shirley Paine
2013 HairBrained Shelia Pettifog
2013 And Now a Word From Our Sponsor Karen Hillridge
2014 Grace of Monaco Madge Tivey-Faucon
2014 Ned Rifle Fay Grim
2015 Irrational Man Post-production


Year Film Role Notes
1991–1992 As the World Turns Tess Shelby Soap opera
1993 Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw 4 episodes
1993 Tracey Ullman Takes On New York Libby TV Special
1998 More Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw Episode "1.1"
2000 Futurama Umbriel (voice) Episode: "The Deep South"
2000 The Simpsons Becky (voice) Episode: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge"
2001 Further Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw 3 episodes
2001 Will & Grace Dorleen 2 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Marlene Stanger 4 episodes
2008 The Return of Jezebel James Sarah Tompkins 7 episodes
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 3 episodes
2011–2012 The Good Wife Vanessa Gold 3 episodes
2012 Louie Liz 4 episodes
2012 New Girl Casey Episode: "Re-Launch"
2014 Inside Amy Schumer Parker Posey Episode: "Allergic to Nuts"
2015 Portlandia Episode: "Fashion"
2015 Granite Flats Alice White 8 episodes


  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. ^ "A Woman of Independent Means". 
  6. ^ "Index magazine interview". Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  7. ^ Smith, Chris (October 6, 1997). "Ring Around the Posey". New York Magazine: 42. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Baker, Bob (July 21, 2003). "Parker Posey still poised on the brink of broader fame". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ Murray, Steve (December 15, 2002). "Parker Posey sees irony in 'queen of the indies' title". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Atlanta Journal Constitution. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Scheck, Frank (June 25, 2007). "Parker Posey just the fix for "Broken English"". Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ Lawson, Liz (May 9, 2008). "Parker Posey, Johnny Knoxville join Waters' Fruitcake". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2009-01-07. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Waters' Kids Movie Scrapped", January 16, 2009
  15. ^ "Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House CD". CD Universe. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 

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