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Born: June 21, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Macon, Georgia, USA Profession:

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A highly respected actress, Carrie Preston enjoyed a prolific career in film, television and on the stage. After gaining recognition in an acclaimed Broadway production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in 1995, Preston quickly began acquiring credits on television and in hit films like the Julia Roberts smash, "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). A regular cast role on the celebrity chef sitcom "Emeril" (NBC, 2001) only added to her credibility as the ambitious actress divided her time between work on the screen and in vaunted stage productions. A number of guest spots on the long-running police procedural "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ) and a substantial role in writer-director Alan Ball's culture-clash drama "Towelhead" (2007) were only a smattering of the credits Preston had accumulated prior to her being brought on board Ball's sexy vampire series "True Blood" (HBO, 2008- ) as the much put-upon waitress Arlene Fowler. During breaks from the hit show, the ambitious Preston also produced and starred with her husband, actor Michael Emerson, in the indie-comedy "Ready? OK!" (2008) and took on a recurring role as a quirky attorney on the legal drama "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ). Always on...

A highly respected actress, Carrie Preston enjoyed a prolific career in film, television and on the stage. After gaining recognition in an acclaimed Broadway production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in 1995, Preston quickly began acquiring credits on television and in hit films like the Julia Roberts smash, "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). A regular cast role on the celebrity chef sitcom "Emeril" (NBC, 2001) only added to her credibility as the ambitious actress divided her time between work on the screen and in vaunted stage productions. A number of guest spots on the long-running police procedural "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ) and a substantial role in writer-director Alan Ball's culture-clash drama "Towelhead" (2007) were only a smattering of the credits Preston had accumulated prior to her being brought on board Ball's sexy vampire series "True Blood" (HBO, 2008- ) as the much put-upon waitress Arlene Fowler. During breaks from the hit show, the ambitious Preston also produced and starred with her husband, actor Michael Emerson, in the indie-comedy "Ready? OK!" (2008) and took on a recurring role as a quirky attorney on the legal drama "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ). Always on the lookout for interesting roles in independent productions, she garnered strong reviews opposite Hal Holbrook in the Southern gothic drama "That Evening Sun" (2010). One of the hardest working character actresses of her day, Preston maintained a laser focus on her craft.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Vino Veritas (2011)
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 That Evening Sun (2009)
4.
 Duplicity (2009)
6.
 Doubt (2008)
7.
 Ready? OK! (2008)
8.
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 Towelhead (2007)
10.
 Transamerica (2005)
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1995:
Made her Broadway debut starring as Miranda in "The Tempest"
1997:
Made her feature debut as one of the Southern bridesmaid sisters in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
1997:
Appeared opposite Vanessa Redgrave in "Antony and Cleopatra" at the Joseph Papp Public Theater
1998:
Had a small role in "Mercury Rising," starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin
1999:
First TV appearance on an episode of "Sex and the City" (HBO)
2001:
Landed a starring role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Guthrie Theater
2004:
Co-starred with her husband Michael Emerson in "Straight-Jacket"
2004:
Returned to the Broadway stage for "The Rivals"
2005:
Directed first feature, "29th and Gay"
2005:
Played Felicity Huffman¿s sister in "Transamerica"
2006:
Acted in "Festen" on Broadway
2007:
Was once again cast as Felicity Huffman¿s sister on an episode of "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)
2007:
Played Ben Linus's (played by husband Michael Emerson) mother in a flashback on "Lost" (ABC)
2008:
Produced and starred in "Ready? OK!"
2008:
Had a small role in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
2008:
Cast in the recurring role of Arlene Fowler on the HBO series, "True Blood"
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Education

University of Evansville: Evansville , Indiana -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

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