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Born: March 25, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nelsonville, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, singer, producer, ballerina, waitress

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American actress Sarah Jessica Parker rose from child stardom on Broadway to become a fashion and feminist icon with her portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). A native of Nelsonville, Ohio, she trained in both acting and ballet dancing as a child. At 11 years-old, she was cast in Howard Pinter's Broadway production of "The Innocents," but the show lasted just 12 performances. However, she then moved on to appear in the hit Broadway musical "Annie," eventually taking over the lead. She made her television debut on the educational program "3-2-1 Contact" (PBS, 1980-92), before being cast as one of the leads in the cult classic "Square Pegs" (CBS, 1982-83). After the show ended, she notched supporting film roles in the teen-themed "Footloose" (1984) and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (1985). She continued alternating between films and television for the next several years, including appearing as a regular on the TV dramas "A Year in the Life" (NBC, 1986-88) and "Equal Justice" (ABC, 1990-91). She graduated to more adult roles when she appeared as Steve Martin's energetic young girlfriend in "LA Story" (1991). That kicked off a run of high-profile film roles in comedies such...

American actress Sarah Jessica Parker rose from child stardom on Broadway to become a fashion and feminist icon with her portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). A native of Nelsonville, Ohio, she trained in both acting and ballet dancing as a child. At 11 years-old, she was cast in Howard Pinter's Broadway production of "The Innocents," but the show lasted just 12 performances. However, she then moved on to appear in the hit Broadway musical "Annie," eventually taking over the lead. She made her television debut on the educational program "3-2-1 Contact" (PBS, 1980-92), before being cast as one of the leads in the cult classic "Square Pegs" (CBS, 1982-83). After the show ended, she notched supporting film roles in the teen-themed "Footloose" (1984) and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (1985). She continued alternating between films and television for the next several years, including appearing as a regular on the TV dramas "A Year in the Life" (NBC, 1986-88) and "Equal Justice" (ABC, 1990-91). She graduated to more adult roles when she appeared as Steve Martin's energetic young girlfriend in "LA Story" (1991). That kicked off a run of high-profile film roles in comedies such as "Honeymoon in Vegas" (1992), "Hocus Pocus" (1993), and "Ed Wood" (1994). She would continue racking up film roles until a return to television provided her with her signature role. Based on Candace Bushnell's writings as a columnist for the New York Observer, "Sex and the City" became a cultural sensation. As writer Bradshaw, Parker joined with Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, and Kim Cattrall to form one of the best-loved casts in television history. Besides the television run, the series spawned a pair of big screen follow-ups, "Sex and the City" (2008) and "Sex and the City" (2010). After the show ended, the actress went back to working more in film, with roles in studio fare like "Failure to Launch" (2006), with Matthew McConaughey, and "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" (2009), opposite Hugh Grant. She returned to television with a story arc on "Glee" (Fox, 2009-15) playing a Vogue executive that Chris Colfer's Kurt worked under. Parker then struck a deal with HBO to executive produce and star in "Divorce" (HBO, 2016-). She played Frances, the estranged suburbanite wife of Thomas Haden Church as the pair try to work through the after-effects of their failed marriage. She later starred with Renee Zellweger in Fabien Constant's drama "Here and Now" (2018).

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 Lovelace (2013)
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 Sellebrity (2012)
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 New Year's Eve (2011)
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 Sex and the City (2008)
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 Smart People (2008)
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1997:
Acted in CBS adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys"
2005:
Played Dermot Mulroney's uptight girlfriend in "The Family Stone"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
1991:
Played ditzy-blonde SanDeE* opposite Steve Martin in "L.A. Story"; also written by Martin
1991:
Returned off-Broadway in Jon Robin Baitz's play "The Substance of Fire"
1992:
Starred in comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas" opposite Nicolas Cage and James Caan
1976:
Landed Broadway debut in "The Innocents;" also featured brother Timothy Britten Parker
1978:
Joined Broadway musical "Annie" as one of the orphans; later cast in title role
1985:
Played lead in teen comedy "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," co-starring Helen Hunt
1995:
Portrayed title role of a dog in A.R. Gurney's off-Broadway play "Sylvia"
2004:
Represented the Gap in a marketing campaign; featured in a series of TV spots and print ads
2010:
Reprised role of Carrie Bradshaw for "Sex and the City 2"
1995:
Starred in romantic comedy "Miami Rhapsody"
1989:
Acted off-Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's play "The Heidi Chronicles"
2000:
Appeared in David Mamet ensemble "State and Main"
1982:
Appeared in TV movie "My Body, My Child" (ABC)
1993:
Co-starred as a young witch in supernatural comedy "Hocus Pocus"
1984:
Landed first leading role in a feature, "Somewhere Tomorrow"
1984:
Cast in memorable role of Ariel's friend Rusty in "Footloose"
2008:
Joined Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, and Ellen Page in indie feature "Smart People"
1986:
Played free-spirited Kay in NBC miniseries and subsequent spin-off series "A Year in the Life"
1996:
Returned to Broadway to co-star with future husband Matthew Broderick in revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
2006:
Starred in romantic comedy "Failure to Launch" with Matthew McConaughey
1997:
Appeared in Broadway revival of "Once Upon a Mattress"
1994:
Appeared opposite Johnny Depp in "Ed Wood," Tim Burton's affectionate biopic of the outlandish director
1985:
Co-starred in CBS movie "Going For the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story"
2009:
Co-starred with Hugh Grant in comedy "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"
1996:
Landed memorable role as Shelly, a dim-witted but manipulative fiancée in "The First Wives Club"
1986:
Acted in last feature film for five years, "Flight of the Navigator"
1979:
Made film debut in "Rich Kids"
2008:
Reprised beloved character of Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City: The Movie"
2005:
Signed two-year deal with HBO to develop and produce series and other programming for the premium cable channel through her production company Pretty Matches Productions
1973:
Made TV debut in "The Little Match Girl" (NBC)
2011:
Starred as a working mother in comedy "I Don't Know How She Does It"
2011:
Cast in ensemble romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," directed by Garry Marshall
2012:
Guest starred as a <i>Vogue</i> magazine editor on "Glee" (Fox)
2013:
Voiced character of Kira Supernova in computer animated feature "Escape from Planet Earth"
2015:
Played Maggie on "All Roads Lead to Rome"
1998:
Portrayed NYC sex and relationships columnist Carrie Bradshaw on acclaimed HBO series "Sex and the City"; became producer as of 1999; garnered Emmy (1999, 2002, 2003), Golden Globe (2002, 2004) and SAG (2005) nominations for Best Actress
1982:
Stared in cult classic sitcom "Square Pegs" opposite Amy Linker
2016:
Produced and starred in the HBO show "Divorce"
2018:
Starred in the drama "Here and Now"
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Education

Dwight Morrow High School: Englewood, New Jersey -
School for Creative and Performing Arts: Cincinnati, Ohio -
School of American Ballet: New York, New York -
Professional Children's School: New York, New York -

Notes

Sarah Jessica Parker is a founding member of the famed New York theater group the Drama Dept.

She is a member of the New York City Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Naked Angels Theater, which was co-founded by her brothers Toby and Pippin.

In 2002, Parker was named Woman of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University.

"One of the reasons I'm doing 'Equal Justice' is that they're allowing me to be a grown up. I was reticent to take the part, because every TV show I do gets great ratings, wins Emmys and is cancelled. I was afriad of having it taken away again. But in this show I get to play a professional who is challenged every day."---Parker quoted in Us, February 21, 1991.

"She's the rarest of actresses. She's got intelligence, sex appeal, likability and an enormous comic gift. She's able to toss of one-liners while maintaining the emotional thread and never stepping out of character, and still make you laugh."---"Miami Rhapsody" writer-producer-director David Frankel on Sarah Jessica Parker, quoted in Newsday, January 22, 1995.

"A woman's movie career is much shorter than a man's, and it's awfully nice to have a career in theater, where a woman can work longer. So I do this out of love, but not without a certain degree of calculation. I want a career in theater because in a couple of years my opportunities in film will change drastically."---Sarah Jessica Parker quoted in The New York Times, April 25, 1996.

"As an actor, I often think it will all go away tomorrow, that it was just this lucky moment. Even though it's been so busy for so long, every job always feels like it could be the last one. I never, I never assume that I will be fortunate and continue to work. I always assume that I will be, you know, proven a fraud, or people will just get tired of me. I tend to think of it all as very temporary."---Parker on her long run of success, working steadily since she was ten years old, as quoted in New York Post, May 23, 1996.

"I love making movies, but the energy is far more dissipated in making movies than in doing theater. Theater is much more satisfying. You go from beginning to end every night. You control your own work. No one takes it to an editor, where they can do whatever they want--make you brilliant or destroy you. In theater, it's entirely up to the actor."---Parker quoted in Time Out New York, December 12-29, 1996.

Sarah Jessica Parker on the disappointing reception the revival of "Once Upon A Mattress" received: "We ended up being a really unified cast who loved doing the show every night. Walking in the door the day after we opened, knowing the show had not gotten that fantasy reception and finding that, my God, you can do this and have fun, it was the greatest surprise of my life. I think actors are told that if they don't like you, it's over; if the show is flawed, you can't recover. What you discover as an adult is that you can not only recover but you can enjoy it. And the audience might enjoy it too. The experience became invaluable, because you learn more with obstacles than you ever learn with the ease and comfort of success. I learned heaps and bundles. And I wouldn't have traded it."---quoted to In Theater, August 30, 1999.

"My mother didn't want me to be like those kids you see on TV and in musicals, who sing really loudly and make horrible faces. It's epidemic, I see it all the time."---Sarah Jessica Parker on being a child actress, quoted in In Theater, August 30, 1999.

"You can't quit. You can't work in the theater. Can't do a movie when you like. You can't just be with your friends and go to dinner. And then you're in people's homes and your life changes, you can't go to the market by yourself and pick your own tomatoes, But Matthew [Broderick, Parker's husband] said 'I think you should do this, because it's a really good part, and you've never played one like it. The worst-cast scenario is it'll be successful. Maybe it'll be really collaborative and you'll learn something.' And in fact he was right."---Parker on "Sex and the City" and the fear she had about doing a TV series again, quoted to Dustin Hoffman in Interview, October 1999.

"Sex and the City" co-star Cynthia Nixon (who also acted alongside Parker in the 1982 TV-movie "My Body, My Child") on Sarah Jessica Parker: "Sarah is very real, which is a fairly rare thing in child actors and one of the reasons she was able to smoothly make the transition from child to adult actor."---quoted to People, November 8, 1999.

"John Kennedy Jr. was beautiful, sort of beyond sexual. I was able, like, 90 percent of me, to forget there was an icon sitting across from me."---Parker on former beau to US Weekly, September 2, 2002.

"Carrie Bradshaw was a far more bold, colorful person in terms of fashion, than I will ever be. I would never feel comfortable dressed the way she would. Nor do I think it's appropriate. But that's who she was."---Parker on her "Sex and the City" character to USOctober 25, 2004.

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companion:
Robert Downey Jr. Actor. While filming "Firstborn" (1984); together from c. 1984 until they separated in August 1991.
companion:
Nicolas Cage. Actor. Had one-year relationship c. 1991.
companion:
John F Kennedy. Magazine publisher. Dated briefly.
husband:
Matthew Broderick. Actor. Met in 1991; together since 1992; married on May 19, 1997.
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father:
Stephen Parker. Writer. Divorced from Parker's mother.
mother:
Barbara Forste. Nursery school operator actor, former schoolteacher. Divorced from Parker's father; married Paul Forste in 1969.
step-father:
Paul Forste. Account executive, former truck driver. Married Parker's mother in 1969.
brother:
Pippin Parker. Writer, director. Born c. 1961; member of Naked Angels theater group.
brother:
Timothy Britten Parker. Actor. Born in 1962; appeared with sister on Broadway in 1976 in "The Innocents" directed by Harold Pinter; member of Naked Angels theater group; featured in the original cast of the Broadway musical "Rent".
sister:
Rachel Parker. Doctor. Born c. 1963.
half-brother:
Andrew Forste. Actor. Younger.
half-sister:
Megan Forste. Actor. Younger.
half-sister:
Alegra Forste. Younger.
half-brother:
Aaron Forste. Model. Younger.
son:
James Wilkie Broderick. Born October 28, 2002; father Matthew Broderick.
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