Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker

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Date of Birth: August 2, 1964

Place of Birth: Fort Jackson, South Carolina, USA

Occupation: Actress

Height: 5' 8''

Best Known For: Fried Green Tomatoes and Weeds

Mary-Louise Parker Biography

Mary-Louise Parker was born in South Carolina on August 2, 1964. She always loved theater and majored in acting in college. She graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts. After college Parker moved to New York where she began looking for theater work.

After a few small parts, Parker was cast in the lead role of Rita in the Broadway production of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss in 1990. She won the Clarence Derwent Award, the Theatre World Award, and was nominated for a Tony for her performance.

By the end of the 80s, Parker made her way to television with a small part on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope. In 1990, she received rave reviews from critics when she was seen in Longtime Companion, which was one of the first films to tell a story involving AIDS. It was her 1991 performance in Fried Green Tomatoes, however, that launched her into stardom. That same year, Parker appeared in Grand Canyon alongside Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard and Kevin Kline.

In the following years, Parker had rolls in Naked in New York (1993), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), in which she was an AIDS victim, and Let the Devil Wear Black (1999). Parker also took parts in made-for-TV movies such as A Place For Annie (1994) and the HBO biopic Sugartime (1995), in which she starred as 1950s singing sensation Phyllis McGuire. In 1996, she returned to theater for the revival of Bus Stop, where she co-starred with then boyfriend Billy Crudup, and How I Learned to Drive, for which she received the OBIE for her captivating portrayal of a child abuse victim.

In 2000, Parker began acting in the award-winning play Proof starring as Catherine, the enigmatic troubled young woman embroiled in a mathematical mystery. Her performance garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in 2001. She passed the roll on to Anne Heche in 2002, and in 2005 Gwyneth Paltrow portrayed the same character when the story was put to film.

Parker again appeared on television when she took a role on The West Wing as Amy Gardner. Her performance has been applauded by critics and earned her an Emmy nomination in 2002. Also in 2002, Parker filmed Red Dragon, the prequel to Silence of the Lambs, with Anthony Hopkins and Edward Norton.

In 2003, Parker became part of the A-list ensemble cast of HBO's acclaimed TV adaptation of the Tony award-winning Angels In America, for which she earned an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Her next notable part was her supporting roll in 2004's Saved!, starring Jena Malone and Mandy Moore. That same year, Parker won the lead role on Showtime's new series, Weeds. Parker plays Nancy Botwin, a widowed suburban mom who sells pot to maintain her lifestyle after her husband's death. She won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2006.

Parker briefly dated her Prelude to a Kiss co-star Timothy Hutton. After appearing opposite Billy Crudup in the 1996 play Bus Stop, Parker began a long relationship with the actor. In November 2003, when she was seven months pregnant, Parker broke up with Crudup after learning he had been seeing his co-star Claire Danes. On January 7, 2004, two months after her split from Crudup, Parker gave birth to their son, William Atticus Parker.
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