Posey at Fox Upfronts 2007
|Born||Parker Christian Posey
November 8, 1968
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
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", and later played improvisational roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries.
Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Lynda (née Patton), 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. 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.
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.
Throughout the late 1990s, Posey co-starred in 32 independent films and was nicknamed "Queen of the Indies". 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. 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.
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.
Posey starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English. 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. 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." 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
Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin to prepare for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003), 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.
|1991||First Love, Fatal Love||Television film|
|1993||Dazed and Confused||Darla Marks|
|1993||Joey Breaker||Irene Kildare|
|1993||Description of a Struggle||Wanda|
|1994||Opera No. 1||Fairy # 1||Short film|
|1994||Sleep with Me||Athena|
|1995||An Eviction Notice||Short film|
|1995||The Doom Generation||Brandi|
|1996||Kicking and Screaming||Miami|
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|
|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||And Now a Word From Our Sponsor||Karen Hillridge|
|2014||Grace of Monaco||Madge Tivey-Faucon|
|2014||Ned Rifle||Fay Grim|
|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||New Girl||Casey||Episode: "Re-Launch"|
|2014||Inside Amy Schumer||Parker Posey||Episode: "Allergic to Nuts"|
|2015||Granite Flats||Alice White||8 episodes|
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Posey is a key member of filmmaker Christopher Guest’s movie comedy troupe
- "Obituaries for Friday, March 28, 2008 March 28, 2008, Leader Call
- "Now, We're Just Parker Posey's Parents - Humor Keeps Actress's Popularity In Perspective" July 2006, Jackson Mississippi Clarion-Ledger
- "A Woman of Independent Means".
- "Index magazine interview". Indexmagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
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- Lawson, Liz (May 9, 2008). "Parker Posey, Johnny Knoxville join Waters' Fruitcake". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2009-01-07.[dead link]
- "Waters' Kids Movie Scrapped", January 16, 2009
- "Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House CD". CD Universe. Retrieved September 23, 2012.