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Mary-Louise Parker

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Born: August 2, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Jackson, South Carolina, USA Profession: Cast ...


"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

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