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. 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 playing improvisational roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries.
Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the daughter of Lynda (née Patton), 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.
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.
Throughout the late 1990s, Posey 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 portrayal of a delusional woman in love with her own brother. 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.
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.
Posey starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English. 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. 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." She also appeared as Liz in several episodes of the third season of Louie.
Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin as preparation for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003), 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.
In 2012, Parker Posey was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.
|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"|
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- "Waters' Kids Movie Scrapped", January 16, 2009
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