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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 2, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Jackson, South Carolina, USA Profession: actor, telemarketer, cashier, waitress, shoe salesman

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One of the most steadily working actresses on both coasts, Mary-Louise Parker enjoyed a Tony-winning career with Broadway dramas like "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Proof" before winning over television audiences as the subversive suburban centerpiece of Showtime's dark comedy, "Weeds" (2005-2012). Parker also made several successful forays into feature films with "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), "Grand Canyon" (1991), "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), "The Client" (1994) and "Boys on the Side" (1995). But it was on the small screen that she made her greatest impact, thanks to spending several seasons in recurring fashion as political activist Amy Gardner on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). During that time, she earned multiple awards - including an Emmy and Golden Globe - for her supporting turn as the Valium-addicted wife of a closeted Mormon in the critically acclaimed miniseries "Angels in America" (HBO, 2003). Forever shifting gears between film and the stage acting that was her primary passion, Parker appeared in the comedy "Saved!" (2004) at the time she gave birth to her son fathered by actor Billy Crudup, who famously broke things off with her during her pregnancy. Meanwhile, she landed the role of...

One of the most steadily working actresses on both coasts, Mary-Louise Parker enjoyed a Tony-winning career with Broadway dramas like "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Proof" before winning over television audiences as the subversive suburban centerpiece of Showtime's dark comedy, "Weeds" (2005-2012). Parker also made several successful forays into feature films with "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), "Grand Canyon" (1991), "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), "The Client" (1994) and "Boys on the Side" (1995). But it was on the small screen that she made her greatest impact, thanks to spending several seasons in recurring fashion as political activist Amy Gardner on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). During that time, she earned multiple awards - including an Emmy and Golden Globe - for her supporting turn as the Valium-addicted wife of a closeted Mormon in the critically acclaimed miniseries "Angels in America" (HBO, 2003). Forever shifting gears between film and the stage acting that was her primary passion, Parker appeared in the comedy "Saved!" (2004) at the time she gave birth to her son fathered by actor Billy Crudup, who famously broke things off with her during her pregnancy. Meanwhile, she landed the role of Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother who resorts to selling marijuana to make ends meet on "Weeds," which also led to her on-again, off-again affair with her show's dead husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan. With roles in varied projects like "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (2008) and "Red" (2010), Parker maintained her status as a talented performer very much in demand.

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 R.I.P.D. (2013)
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 Red 2 (2013)
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 Red (2010)
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 Howl (2010)
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 Solitary Man (2009)
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Grew up in Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Germany and France where her father served in the US Army
1975:
Played a recurring role in the ABC daytime drama "Ryan's Hope"
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Appeared in regional theater productions of "The Night of the Iguana" and "The Little Foxes"
1986:
Off-off-Broadway debut, "The Girl in Pink" at the Quaigh Theatre
1988:
TV-movie debut, "Too Young the Hero" (CBS)
1989:
Off-Broadway debut, "The Art of Success"
1989:
Film debut, "Signs of Life"
1990:
Played a neighbor helping her gay friend through the early years of the AIDS crisis in Norman Rene's "Longtime Companion"
1990:
Broadway debut in Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" (originated the role at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre); earned a Tony nomination as Actress in a Play
1991:
First starring role in a feature, "Fried Green Tomatoes"
1991:
Portrayed Dee, a secretary and part-time lover of Kevin Kline, in Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon"
1993:
Acted Off-Broadway in John Patrick Shanley's Hollywood satire "Four Dogs and a Bone"
1994:
Played John Cusack's girlfriend in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway"
1994:
First appearance in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, "A Place for Annie" (ABC) as a surly AIDS patient who tries to get back the baby she abandoned
1995:
Delivered a poignant portrayal of a woman dying from AIDS in "Boys on the Side"
1995:
Portrayed a parapalegic deaf mute in the feature "Reckless"; film is based on the play by Craig Lucas
1995:
Starred opposite John Turturro as singer Phyllis McGuire in HBO's "Sugartime"
1996:
Acted the part of Henrietta Stackpole in Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady"; based on the novel by Henry James
1997:
Earned critical acclaim for her performance of a young girl molested by a relative in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "How I Learned to Drive"; played character at various ages from teens to adulthood
1998:
Appeared in small but pivotal role as the free-spirited (and later suicidal) Lucy in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "Anne Tyler's 'Saint Maybe'" (CBS)
1998:
Returned to the NYC stage in the Off-Broadway production of Alan Ayckbourn's "Communicating Doors"
1999:
Co-starred in the Slamdance-screened "Let the Devil Wear Black"; a modern interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet written and directed by Stacey Title
1999:
Portrayed a cake maker who problematically lacks a sense of taste in the Canadian-made "The Five Senses"
2000:
Played an unhappy young woman who finds purpose in a new romance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Cupid & Cate" (CBS)
2000:
Garnered rave reviews for performance in the Off-Broadway play "Proof"; production moved to Broadway in the fall
2002:
Had recurring role on the NBC series "The West Wing"; reprised her role as women's-rights advocate Amy Gardner for the shows final episodes in 2006; received an Emmy (2002) nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and a SAG (2003) nomination for Best Ensemble
2002:
Portrayed Molly Graham in the thriller feature "Red Dragon" the prequel to "Silence of the Lambs"
2003:
Cast as Harper Pitt in the HBO adaptation of "Angels in America"; received a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries (2004)
2004:
Starred in the dark comedy "Saved!" with Jena Malone and Mandy Moore
2004:
Starred on Broadway in the revival of Craig Lucas's "Reckless"; received a Tony nomination for her role
2005:
Cast in the Showtime series "Weeds" as a suburban mom who beings dealing Marijuana, after her husband's unexpected death; earned SAG (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Golden Globe (2007, 2008, 2009) and Emmy (2007, 2008, 2009) nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
2005:
Cast in John Turturro's big-screen musical "Romance and Cigarettes"; film released theatrically in 2007
2006:
Starred in Oxygen's "The Robber Bride" as Zenia, a glamorous femme fatale; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2007:
Played Jesse's (Brad Pitt) wife, Zee James in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
2008:
Cast as the mother in the fantasy film "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
2008:
Appeared in the off-Broadway play "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at Playwrights Horizons theater
2009:
Starred in the Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2010:
Played Sarah opposite Bruce Willis in "Red," an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name
2013:
Appeared in both "R.I.P.D." and "Red 2," two big-budget movies that both debuted on the same day in July of that year
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Education

North Carolina School of the Arts: Winston-Salem , North Carolina -

Notes

"I've never had much of a fascination for film. I respect it, but people in Hollywood can have cash registers where their hearts should be. Theater is ephemeral, and that, to me, is romantic--those moments between people that come and then disappear." --Mary-Louise Parker quoted in Mirabella, December 1991

"I don't get parts because of the way I look. I lose parts. I thought I was pretty fuckin' cute until I got into the movie business." --Parker to Movieline, October 1994

"I didn't become an actress to sit around a trailer on a film set and drink Diet Coke and worry about my hair getting fucked up." --Parker to Sam Whitehead in Time Out New York, March 1997

About not getting to reprise her stage role in the film version of "Prelude to a Kiss", losing out to Meg Ryan: "I'm completely over it, but it hurt a lot at the time. Then again, if I had to choose one experience, I'd take the stage work in a heart-beat.

"My hope is to be doing off-Broadway when I'm 70. For me, it's the secret to being truly happy." --Parker to Larry Worth in the New York Post, May 27, 1997

"I would walk across fire to work with her again. On stage, Mary-Louise is one of those performers who just gives off light. She is totally captivating and compelling. And the reason for that is she never stops working. It's not surprising to me that she doesn't divulge much about herself, because it's all about the work." --Mark Brokaw, who directed Parker in "How I Learned to Drive", quoted in InTheater, August 21, 1998

On why she maintains her residence in NYC: "They don't have the same attitude toward theater in Los Angeles. I think they just assume that everybody wants to be in the movies. Life revolves around the movies. They don't understand why people would want to do theater; you don't get as much money, as much attention. There's more fulfillment in the theater, on every level." --Parker quoted in Newsday, November 21, 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Timothy Hutton. Actor. Co-starred together on Broadway in "Prelude to a Kiss" (1990) and later Off-Broadway in "Babylon Gardens"; no longer together.
companion:
Pat Mannochia. Health club owner. Together c. 1992-95; was former professional hockey player.
companion:
Adam Duritz. Musician. Lead singer of band Counting Crows; dated briefly in 1995-96; as of May 2004 it is rumored that they are dating again.
companion:
Billy Crudup. Actor. Met while appearing in a 1996 stage production of "Bus Stop"; rumored to be in engaged; left Parker while she was seven months pregnant with his child in November 2003.
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son:
William Atticus Parker. Born January 7, 2004; father is Billy Crudup.

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