Parker, Mary–Louise 1964–

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PARKER, MaryLouise 1964

(Mary Louise Parker)


Born August 2, 1964, in Fort Jackson, SC; father, in the U.S. Army and a judge; children: William Atticus. Education: Graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts; attended Bard College, 1990. Avocational Interests: Reading poetry, knitting, cooking.

Addresses: Agent William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager Untitled Entertainment, 23 East 22nd St., Third Floor, New York, NY 10010. Publicist Baker Winokur Ryder, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., Sixth Floor West, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actress. Cofounder of a theatre company; appeared in public service announcements; also worked as a waitress, telemarketer, shoe salesperson, and cashier.

Awards, Honors: Theatre World Award, outstanding new performer, Clarence Derwent Award, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best leading actress in a play, and Drama Desk Award nomination, all 1990, for Prelude to a Kiss; named one of the most "promising new actors of 1990," John Willis' Screen World, 1990; Obie Award, best performance, Lucille Lortel Award, outstanding actress in a play or musical, and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, all 1997, for How I Learned to Drive; Genie Award nomination, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, best performance by an actress in a leading role, 1999, for The Five Senses; Obie Award, best performance, 200001, Antoinette Perry Award, best performance by a leading actress in a play, Outer Critics Circle Award, outstanding actress in a play, Drama Desk Award, outstanding actress in a play, Lucille Lortel Award, outstanding actress, and Drama League Award, distinguished performance, all 2001, all for Proof; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 2002, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 2003, both for The West Wing; Golden Globe Award, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 2004, for Angels in America.


Film Appearances:

(As Mary Louise Parker) Charlotte, Signs of Life (also known as One for Sorrow, Two for Joy ), Avenue, 1989.

Lisa, Longtime Companion, Samuel Goldwyn, 1989.

Dee, Grand Canyon, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1991.

Ruth Jameson, Fried Green Tomatoes (also known as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe ), Universal, 1991.

Rita, Mr. Wonderful, Warner Bros., 1993.

Dianne Sway, The Client, Warner Bros., 1994.

Ellen, Bullets over Broadway, Miramax, 1994.

Joanne White, Naked in New York, Fine Line, 1994.

Pooty, Reckless, Samuel Goldwyn, 1995.

Robin Nickerson, Boys on the Side (also known as Avec ou sans hommes ), Warner Bros., 1995.

Henrietta Stackpole, Portrait of a Lady, Gramercy Pictures, 1996.

Bed of Roses, New Line Cinema, 1996.

Julia Hirsch, Let the Devil Wear Black, Trimark Pictures, 1999.

Peggy Blane, Goodbye Lover, Warner Bros., 1999.

Rona, The Five Senses, Fine Line, 1999.

Molly Graham, Red Dragon (also known as Roter Drache ), MetroGoldwynMayer, 2002.

Sarah Richardson, The Quality of Mercy, 2002.

Toni Edelman, Pipe Dream, Castle Hill Productions, 2002.

The Best Thief in the World, 2004.

Romance & Cigarettes, United Artists, 2004.

Saved!, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Amy Gardner, a recurring role, The West Wing, NBC, 20022003.

Also appeared in a recurring role in Ryan's Hope, ABC.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Bonnie Hanssen, Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, CBS, 2002.

Harper Pitt, Angels in America, HBO, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Pearl Spencer, Too Young the Hero, CBS, 1988.

Phyllis McGuire, Sugartime, HBO, 1995.

Caroline Walker, Murder in Mind, HBO, 1997.

Officer Emily Peck, The Maker, HBO, 1997.

Rica Martin, Legalese, TNT, 1998.

Dr. Valerie Crane, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Linda, "A Place for Annie," Hallmark Hall of Fame, ABC, 1994.

Lucy Ann Deen Dulcimer Bedloe, "Saint Maybe" (also known as "Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe"), Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1998.

Cate DeAngelo, "Cupid & Cate," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2000.

Herself, Inside "Red Dragon " (documentary), 2002.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Herself, The 55th Annual Tony Awards, CBS and PBS, 2001.

Herself, The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2002.

Herself, The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1995.

Amy Gardner, "The Women of Qumar," The West Wing, NBC, 2001.

Also appeared in episodes of other series, including The Isaac Mizrahi Show, Oxygen.

Stage Appearances:

The Girl in Pink, Quaigh Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Jackie, Hay Fever, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 19861987.

Marianne, The Miser, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY, 19871988.

Cecily Cardew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 19891990.

Jane Hogarth, The Art of Success, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 19891990.

Rita, Prelude to a Kiss, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, then Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1990, then Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 19901991.

Jean, Babylon Gardens, Circle Repertory Theatre, 1991.

Brenda, Four Dogs and a Bone, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, New York City, 1993.

Cherie, Bus Stop, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1996.

L'il Bit, How I Learned to Drive, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 19971998.

Poopay, Communicating Doors, Variety Arts Theatre, New York City, 19981999.

Catherine, Proof, Manhattan Theatre Club, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 20002001.

Rachel, Reckless, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, beginning 2003.

Also appeared in The Age of Pie, The Little Foxes, The Night of the Iguana, Throwing Your Voice, and Up in Saratoga.


Music Videos:

Appeared in "You Got It," by Bonnie Raitt.



Newsmakers, Issue 2, Gale, 2002.


Entertainment Weekly, February 10, 1995, pp. 4041.

Jane, May, 1999, pp. 8889.

Newsweek, October 7, 2002, p. 66.

People Weekly, December 8, 2003, p. 99.

Time, April 18, 1994, p. 85.

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