Aug. 2nd, 1964
Fort Jackson, South Carolina, USA
Mary-Louise Parker's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - The Spiderwick Chronicles
2007 - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2005 - Romance & Cigarettes
2004 - Saved!
2002 - Red Dragon
2002 - Pipe Dream
1999 - The Five Senses
1996 - The Portrait of a Lady
1995 - Boys on the Side
1994 - Bullets Over Broadway
1994 - The Client
1993 - Naked in New York
1993 - Mr. Wonderful
1991 - Grand Canyon
1991 - Fried Green Tomatoes
Guest TV Roles
Mary-Louise Parker (born August 2, 1964) is an American actress. For her lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, RED 2, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parker is also the recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress for the Broadway play Proof.
Parker was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She is the daughter of Caroline Louise (née Morell) and John Morgan Parker, a judge who served in the U.S. Army. Her ancestry includes Swedish (from her maternal grandfather), English, Scottish, Scotch-Irish, German, and Dutch. Because of her father's career, Parker spent parts of her childhood in Tennessee and Texas, as well as in Thailand, Germany, and France. She graduated from Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona. Parker majored in drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Parker got her start in a bit part on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. In the late 1980s, Parker moved to New York, where she got a job measuring feet at the ECCO shoe company. After a few minor roles, she made her Broadway debut in a 1990 production of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss, playing the lead role of Rita. She moved with the production when it transferred from its origin Off-Broadway. She won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance and was nominated for a Tony Award (although she did not play the role when the film was made).
She starred with 'Kevin Kline' in Grand Canyon (1991); with 'Kathy Bates', 'Mary Stuart Masterson', and 'Jessica Tandy' in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991); with 'Susan Sarandon' and 'Tommy Lee Jones' in The Client (1994); with 'John Cusack' in Bullets Over Broadway (1994); and with 'Drew Barrymore' and 'Whoopi Goldberg' in Boys on the Side (1995), as a woman with AIDS. Her next role was in a movie adaptation of another Craig Lucas play, Reckless (1995), alongside 'Mia Farrow', followed by Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady (1996), which also starred 'Nicole Kidman', 'Viggo Mortensen', 'Christian Bale', 'John Malkovich' and 'Barbara Hershey'. In addition, she appeared alongside 'Matthew Modine' in Tim Hunter's The Maker (1997).
Parker's theater career continued when she appeared in Paula Vogel's 1997 critical smash How I Learned to Drive, with David Morse. In the late 1990s, she appeared in several independent films, including Let the Devil Wear Black and The Five Senses.
On December 7, 2003, HBO aired an epic six-and-a-half hour adaptation of Tony Kushner's acclaimed Broadway play Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. Parker played Harper Pitt, the Mormon Valium-addicted wife of a closeted lawyer. For her performance, Parker received Golden Globe and Emmy awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries.
Parker appeared in 2008's The Spiderwick Chronicles and in off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in the New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Sarah Ruhl, alongside Drama Desk Award Winner Kathleen Chalfant.
She filmed the Donna Vermeer film Les Passages alongside Julie Delpy. Following this, she returned to work on the fifth season of Weeds. In the spring of 2009, Parker took the lead role in the revival of the play Hedda Gabler, which opened to garner a series of negative reviews.
Parker starred opposite 'Bruce Willis' in the film RED, an adaptation of the comic book mini-series of the same name. The film was released on October 15, 2010. In 2011, Parker became the host for the tenth season of the PBS documentary series Independent Lens. In 2013 she played roles in both RED 2 and R.I.P.D..
From 1997 to November 2003, Parker dated actor 'Billy Crudup', with whom she had a son: William Atticus Parker (January 7, 2004), Crudup had left her two months earlier.
In December 2006, Parker began dating actor 'Jeffrey Dean Morgan', whom she met on the set of Weeds. In March 2007, Parker stated that the relationship was "going great".The two briefly split in June 2007, but later reconciled. On February 12, 2008, Parker and Morgan announced their engagement, only to break up again in April 2008.
In September 2007, Parker adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia, Caroline 'Ash' Aberash Parker.
- At age 43, she adopted her second child, a baby girl from Africa, named Ash. This is apparently a shortened version of her birth name, Aberash. The girl's full name is Caroline Aberash Parker.
- Performed in "Proof," which first opened at Manhattan Theatre Club, then moving to Broadway. She won the Tony award for Best Actress in a Play for this in 2001.
- Is part Swedish.
- The 'Counting Crows' (qv) song "Butterfly in Reverse" was written for her.
- Her critically acclaimed role as a jaded London prostitute named Poopay in "Communicating Doors" played in New York City at the Variety Arts Theatre on Third Avenue, 1998.
- Split with actor 'Billy Crudup' (qv) in November of 2003, after seven years. She was seven months pregnant with his child at the time.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42.
- Won Broadway's 2001 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for "Proof." She had previously received a Tony nomination in the same category in 1990 for "Prelude to a Kiss."