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]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield[7] and Orlagh Cassidy.

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) with Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.[8] The film received favorable reviews from critics and has been identified as a cult classic. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly ranked the film #17 on their list of "The Top 50 Cult Films",[9] third on their list of the 50 Best High School Movies,[10] 10th on their "Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years" list,[11] and ranked it #6 on their "The Cult 25: The Essential Left-Field Movie Hits Since '83" list.[12]

In 1994, she played in one of Hal Hartley's short films, Opera No. 1 with Adrienne Shelley. 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.[13][14] She has co-starred in Christopher Guest's films, including four of his mock documentaries, the first being Waiting for Guffman in 1996. In 1998, Posey appeared in Hal Hartley's film Henry Fool, and the big budget studio film You've Got Mail.

In 2000, she starred in Christopher Guest's second mock documentaries Best in Show, and Scream 3, Critical reaction to Posey's performance in Scream 3 was highly positive. The role earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination. However, she lost to Adam Sandler, who won it for his performance in Big Daddy.[15] The next year she played the antagonist in Josie and the Pussycats.

In 2003, she starred in A Mighty Wind. The next year she played in Sisters of Mercy, one of Hal Hartley's short films, Laws of Attraction, and Blade: Trinity. Posey then notably co-starred as the best friend of Adam in the 2005 film Adam & Steve.[16]

In 2006, Posey then played in Superman Returns as Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick.[8] The character was based on Eve Teschmacher from Superman (1978 film), and Posey was the only actress considered for the role.[17][18] Superman Returns was a box office success.[19] The film was also successful at the 33rd Saturn Awards, Posey, a few fellow cast members, and the visual effects department were all nominated for categories.[20] Later the same year she played in the sequel of Henry Fool Fay Grim, and For Your Consideration.

In 2007, Posey was cast in the lead role on the TV series The Return of Jezebel James.[21] The show was originally given 13 episodes, but, the show was cut to seven episodes in anticipation of the pending writers strike.[22][23] It premiered on the Fox television network in 2008 as a mid-season replacement. However, the show was officially canceled after the third episode aired due to unacceptably low ratings.[24] She starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English.[25] Broken English screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.[26] It was also entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[27] The film was nominated at the 23rd Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Screenplay and Posey was nominated for Best Female Lead.[28] 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.[29] 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."[30]

In 2012, Posey starred in four episodes of the third season of Louie. She received positive reviews for her stunt on the show. The website Vulture stated "Posey is superb in a brilliantly written role."[31] Lindsay Bahr of Entertainment Weekly said "Posey used her arsenal of talent and the material written and directed by C.K. to bring Liz to life".[32] Andy Greenwald of GrantLand felt Posey was "funny, engaging, and breathless", and went on to call Posey "one of the most gifted actors alive".[33] Later the same year she was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

Posey played in Ned Rifle, the third and final film in the Henry Fool trilogy, again reprising her role of Fay Grim.[34] On November 6, 2013, Hal Hartley launched a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to produce the film a total of $384,000. Posey, Liam Aiken, James Urbaniak, and Thomas Jay Ryan, as well as some crew members, appeared in several videos promoting the campaign.[35] The film premiered on September 7, 2014 at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[36] It was also screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2015.[37] In July 2014, it was announced that Posey had signed on to co-star in Woody Allen's mystery drama Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Jamie Blackley.[38] The film had its world premiere on May 16, 2015, at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[39][40]

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.[41]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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

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
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  6. ^ "Index magazine interview". Indexmagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
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  10. ^ "50 Best High School Movies". Entertainment Weekly. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  11. ^ "The Comedy 25: The Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years". Entertainment Weekly. August 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  12. ^ "The Cult 25: The Essential Left-Field Movie Hits Since '83" list". Entertainment Weekly. September 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
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  15. ^ Cite error: The named reference ParkerNomination was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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  30. ^ "Waters' Kids Movie Scrapped", January 16, 2009
  31. ^ "Parker Posey Has Revealed the Even Greater Show Hiding Within Louie", July 27, 2012
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  38. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 24, 2014). "Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley Join Woody Allen’s Next Film". variety.com. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  39. ^ Scott Foundas (2015-05-06). "Irrational Man Review: Woody And Joaquin Plot The Perfect Murder". Variety. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  40. ^ Maane Khatchatourian (2015-04-11). "[PHOTO] Emma Stone in Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  41. ^ "Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House CD". CD Universe. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 

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