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Also Known As: Parker Christian Posey Died:
Born: November 8, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor

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An eccentric, dark-haired actress best known for her work in 1990s independent films, Parker Posey trained at SUNY Purchase before spending over a year (1991-92) playing Tess Shelby, a bratty teen on the long-running CBS daytime soap "As the World Turns." Named after 50s model Suzy Parker, she entered features in 1993 with "J y Breaker," a low-rent version of "The Player," and followed with small roles in "Coneheads" and "Dazed and Confused" (both 1993), Richard Linklater's personal ode to youth. In the latter, Posey embodied every freshman girl's nightmare: the fascistic senior.Posey subsequently appeared briefly in the acclaimed PBS miniseries "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" (1994), as a ditsy friend of heroine Laura Linney. Her career accelerated that year, earning the sobriquet 'Queen of the Indies' for her appearances in non-studio features like "Sleep With Me" (1994), Hal Hartley's "Amateur" (1995) and most especially in "Party Girl" (1995). In the latter, as Mary, the title character who evolves into a librarian, she demonstrated her ability to carry a film. The busy actress made memorable appearances in "Frisk" (1996), as psychotic murderess, and in Christopher Guest's comedy "Waiting...

An eccentric, dark-haired actress best known for her work in 1990s independent films, Parker Posey trained at SUNY Purchase before spending over a year (1991-92) playing Tess Shelby, a bratty teen on the long-running CBS daytime soap "As the World Turns." Named after 50s model Suzy Parker, she entered features in 1993 with "J y Breaker," a low-rent version of "The Player," and followed with small roles in "Coneheads" and "Dazed and Confused" (both 1993), Richard Linklater's personal ode to youth. In the latter, Posey embodied every freshman girl's nightmare: the fascistic senior.

Posey subsequently appeared briefly in the acclaimed PBS miniseries "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" (1994), as a ditsy friend of heroine Laura Linney. Her career accelerated that year, earning the sobriquet 'Queen of the Indies' for her appearances in non-studio features like "Sleep With Me" (1994), Hal Hartley's "Amateur" (1995) and most especially in "Party Girl" (1995). In the latter, as Mary, the title character who evolves into a librarian, she demonstrated her ability to carry a film. The busy actress made memorable appearances in "Frisk" (1996), as psychotic murderess, and in Christopher Guest's comedy "Waiting for Guffman" (also 1996), as a Dairy Queen worker with showbiz aspirations. That same year, she lent her quirky presence to "Basquiat" (portraying gallery owner Mary Boone), "The Daytrippers" (as Hope Davis' younger sister) and Linklater's "subUrbia" (as a press agent). She continued her winning streak in 1997 with an award-winning turn as a woman with an unhealthy identification with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in "The House of Yes" and nearly stole Hartley's "Henry Fool" as a sexy and sarcastic woman who eventually marries the title character.

Over the next five years, Posey took on several characteristically unique roles in both independent and big-budget films. In 2000's "Best in Show" Posey played a yuppie wife with braces and a high-strung attachment to her dog and husband. She again played an uptight wife in the Jennifer Jason Leigh directed film "Anniversary Party" (2001) but this time she loosened up after taking extacy. The year 2002 found Posey taking a different turn in her career, by taking on the lead role in the dramatic mystery "The Event" (lensed 2002) and co-starring with Kyra Sedwick and Fairuz Balk in "Personal Velocity." She did not abandon her comedic roots though, and was working again with Christopher Guest on his latest semi-improvised mockumentary "A Mighty Wind" (lensed 2002), playing one of a large ensemble of "family" folk singers. She next appeared opposite Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore in the romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction" (2004), playing a famous woman locked in a bitter divorce battle with her rock star husband.

A couple of uncharacteristic roles in the horror genre found their way onto Parker's resume. She played Detective Carson O'Connor in a modern rendition of "Frankenstein" (USA Network, 2004), a backdoor pilot originally penned by Dean Koontz. Posey then appeared as the vampire Danica in "Blade: Trinity" (2004), the third installment in the trilogy. Not typically cast for such roles, Posey relied on her camp sensibilities, making her character a sassy punk annoyed with the whole undead thing - a choice that pleased writer-director David Goyer. Next, Posey performed in a successful off-Broadway run with Ethan Hawke in David Rabe's cocaine-and alcohol-fueled morality tale about show business, "Hurlyburly."

At the time she was in New York for six months doing "Hurlyburly," she was tapped to play Kitty Koslowski, the sexy sidekick of evil genius Lex Luthor in director Bryan Singer's revival of the original comic book superhero franchise "Superman Returns" (2006). Accepting the job script unseen, it was only after agreeing to join the cast, that was she allowed to read it. Taking the ultimate leap of faith, she came onboard, giving her the opportunity to cast a bigger net to capture wider audience appeal.

Meanwhile, she returned to her indie roots with "For Your Consideration" (2006), a comedy about three actors shooting an independent movie whose lives are turned upside-down when buzz about their award-worthy performances spreads like wildfire. She also starred in "The Oh in Ohio" (2006), playing a young Cleveland woman who seemingly had it all - nice house, great job and the perfect husband -except for a satisfying sex life. When her husband suddenly ups and leaves, her idyllic world is shattered, leading her on a quest to become as good at sex as she has at everything else in her life. Her journey brings her into the arms of the man she least expected, discovering that happiness can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Ned Rifle (2015)
2.
 Grace of Monaco (2014)
4.
 HairBrained (2013)
5.
 Love Guide, The (2012)
6.
7.
 Grab (2011)
8.
 Inside Out (2011)
9.
 Spring Breakdown (2009)
10.
 Happy Tears (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Monroe, LA and Laurel, MS
1991:
Made TV debut in a regular role on "As the World Turns" (CBS)
1993:
Feature acting debut, "Joey Braker"; also appeared in "Coneheads" and "Dazed and Confused"
1994:
TV miniseries debut, "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" (PBS)
1995:
Landed first feature starring role in "Party Girl"
1996:
Starred in the seminal Christopher Best comedy "Waiting for Guffman"
1996:
Starred in the award-winning independent film "The Daytrippers" (premiered at Toronto Film Festival)
1997:
Co-starred in workplace comedy "Clockwatchers" with Lisa Kudrow and Toni Collette
1997:
Earned acclaim for performance as Jackie-O, a mentally unbalanced woman who thinks she's Jackie Kennedy in "The House of Yes"
1997:
Appeared in critically acclaimed feature "Henry Fool"; film won Best Screenwriting Award at Cannes
1998:
Cast in first major feature role supporting Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail"
2000:
Made Broadway debut opposite Matthew Broderick in the Elaine May comedy "Taller Than a Dwarf"
2000:
Gave memorable comedic performance in "Scream 3"
2000:
Featured in Christopher Guest's award-winning comedy "Best in Show"
2001:
Appeared in teen flick "Josie and the Pussycats"
2001:
Played a neurotic wife in "The Anniversary Party"
2002:
Played supporting role opposite Cameron Diaz in "The Sweetest Thing"
2002:
Starred as an assistant D.A. uncovering an AIDS-related mystery in "The Event"
2002:
Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick and Fairuza Balk in Rebecca Miller's "Personal Velocity"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actress
2002:
Co-starred in "Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2003:
Starred in the Independent feature "The Event"
2004:
Played a woman divorcing her rock star husband (Michael Sheen) in the romantic comedy "The Laws of Attraction"
2004:
Played ruthless villain Danica Talos in "Blade: Trinity"
2006:
Cast as Kitty Koslowski, Lex Luthor's villainous henchwoman in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns"
2006:
Reunited with director Christopher Guest to play an actress in "For Your Consideration"
2007:
Played a single mom thrown into a world of international espionage in "Fay Grim," Hal Hartley's sequel to his 1997 film "Henry Fool"
2007:
Starred in Zoe Cassavetes' directorial debut "Broken English"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actress
2008:
Co-starred with Jessica Alba in the supernatural thriller "The Eye"
2009:
Teamed up with Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch in the comedy feature "Spring Breakdown"
2011:
Guest starred on Showtime's "The Big C" and the CBS drama "The Good Wife"
2012:
Portrayed Hemingway's fourth wife Mary in the HBO film "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
2012:
Cast as Louis C.K.'s girlfriend on FX comedy "Louie"
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Education

North Carolina School of the Arts: Winston-Salem , North Carolina -
State University of New York, Purchase: Purchase , New York - 1987 - 1991

Notes

On her status in the independent film community: "I wouldn't say I was a queen. Maybe a little elf. There's something about someone who's not making a lot of money but is doing what they want to do with a film, knowing that he or she's not answering to anyone." --quoted in Interview, May 1994.

"L.A. doesn't get me ... I think I scare them--or maybe they just don't know what to make of me." --Posey to Time Out New York, January 30-February 6, 1996.

Time Out New York (January 30-February 6, 1996) described her style as "a combination of remarkable self-possession, an ironic intelligence, a non-nonsense thrift-store glamour, and, most of all, inhuman stamina."

"People keep asking me what she'll do. I couldn't possibly answer that. She's in this weird position of having done all these peripheral movies. She could do anything. She's gifted. I'm not sure that Parker knows what she wants to do." --Christopher Guest (director of "Waiting for Guffman") to Buzz, March 1997.

"Certainly most young actresses today tend to be more mired in that kind of Method naturalism, and Parker isn't that at all. She's not big in Hollywood because they don't conceive female parts like that ... I don't think Parker could ever do the Sandra Bullock thing, the all-American girl. Especially when she does bigger-budget projects, I think she'll probably end up being more like a character actress. Hopefully she will be able to play leads in more interesting independent films." --Mark Waters (director of "The House of Yes") to Los Angeles Times, October 6, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Tony Pemberton. Director. Born c. 1969; dated in college.
companion:
Bob Gosse. Director, producer. Together from 1991-96.
companion:
Stuart Townsend. Actor. Irish; dated from 1998 to summer 1999.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Chris Posey. Car dealer.
mother:
Lynda Posey.
brother:
Chris Posey. Lawyer. Fraternal twin.

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