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
Herself - Host
Southern-bred Mary-Louise Parker, from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, was born on August 2, 1964, the youngest of the family's brood. She showed potential in her teens and majored in acting in her college years, graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She decided to test the waters in New York, and after work on the off-Broadway stage in the late 1980s, made her Broadway debut with "Prelude to a Kiss" in 1990, where she won the Theatre World Award, the Clarence Derwent Award and a Tony nomination. Films and TV quickly followed. She provided both poignant and amusing moments as the token femme friend to a group of gay men in the AIDS drama Longtime Companion (1990), but really caught fire with her feisty, standout performance in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), holding her own against such female powerhouses as Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates (I) and Mary Stuart Masterson. Dubbed by some as the "long-suffering girl next door", she played such noble miserables and cast-asides in Grand Canyon (1991), Naked in New York (1993), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), in which she was the AIDS victim this time, and Let the Devil Wear Black (1999). Preferring quality over quantity, she perfected her craft with offbeat roles in independent features and did not abandon her theater roots. She copped a slew of acting prizes for her stage work in "How I Learned to Drive" (1996) and, most notably, "Proof" in 2000, wherein she won nearly every award there is to attain, including the prestigious Tony. Her marquee name still does not command what it should, but a picture or production with Mary-Louise Parker in it usually guarantees a strong critical reception. Unmarried, she did enter into a longtime companionship with actor Billy Crudup after the twosome appeared opposite each other in the 1996 play "Bus Stop". They went their separate ways in 2003.
- [April 8, 2008] Broke up with her _"Weeds" (2005)_ (qv) co-star, 'Jeffrey Dean Morgan' (qv). Later reconciled and became engaged and then broke engagement.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42.
- Nominated for the 2005 Tony Award for "Reckless" (Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play).
- Split with actor 'Billy Crudup' (qv) in November of 2003, after seven years. She was seven months pregnant with his child at the time.
- Graduated from the prestigious North Carolina School of Arts.
- Was author 'Stephenie Meyer' (qv)'s original choice for the role of "Esme Cullen" in the film adaptation of her novel, _Twilight (2008/I)_ (qv).
- 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.
- For the film _The Best Thief in the World (2004)_ (qv), originally 'Eric Stoltz' (qv) was offered the role of her husband, but Mary-Louise Parker wanted someone older so asked the producers to hire the actor 'David Warshofsky' (qv). The film never received a theatrical release.