Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress and writer. After making her stage debut as Rita in a Broadway production of Craig Lucas’s Prelude to a Kiss in 1990 (for which she received a Tony Award nomination), Parker came to prominence for film roles in Grand Canyon, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Client, Bullets over Broadway, Boys on the Side, The Portrait of a Lady and The Maker. She received both the Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Harper Pitt on the acclaimed HBO television miniseries Angels in America in 2003.

Birth Name

Mary-Louise Parker

Nickname

Mary

Profession

Actress, Writer

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Mary-Louise Parker was born on August 2, 1964, in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, United States.

Age

She is currently 54 years old.

Sun Sign

Leo

Ethnicity

White

She has Swedish, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish, German and Dutch ancestry.

Education

Mary-Louise attended Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona and then went to the International School Bangkok. She graduated in 1986 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, majoring in drama.

Family Details

  • Father – John Morgan Parker(Was a Judge in the U.S. Army)
  • Mother –  Caroline Louise (née Morell)
  • Siblings – She has three older siblings.

Marital Status

Single

Boyfriend / Spouse

Mary-Louise Parker has dated –

  • Billy Crudup (1996-2003)– Mary Louise Parker was in a relationship with actor Billy Crudup from 1996 to November 2003. The couple parted ways when she was seven months pregnant with their son, William Atticus Parker, born in 2004.
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (2006-2008)– She also dated actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan from December 2006 until April 2008. They got engaged in February 2008 before they ended their relationship in April 2008.  In 2007, she adopted a baby girl, Caroline Aberash Parker, from Ethiopia.

  • Charlie Mars (2009)– In 2009, she began dating American singer and songwriter Charlie Mars.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 8 inches
  • In centimeters – 173 cm
  • In meters -1.73 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 61 kg
  • In Pounds -135 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-25-35
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip -35 inches
  • Bra Size -32A

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

She wears a size 9.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Parker earned a lot of fame and recognition for her work in both television and theatre. She is best known for her roles in TV series, Angels in America, Weeds and When We Rise.

Film Debut

Mary-Louise landed her first acting role playing Charlotte in the 1989 American drama film, Signs of Life. Her first major acting role came in 1991 when she was cast in Lawrence Kasdan’s drama film, Grand Canyon, playing Dee alongside Kevin Kline.

Television Debut

Mary-Louise Parker made her television debut in 1988 as Pearl Spencer in the TV drama war film, Too Young the Hero, which is based on a true story of a 12-year-old boy who forges his mother’s signature to join the United States Navy during World War II. Parker played Amy Gardner in NBC’s political drama series The West Wing from 2001 to 2006. For her work in the series, she earned Primetime Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.

Broadway Debut

Parker made her Broadway debut in 1990 as a fearful newlywed who unwittingly switches souls with an old man in Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss. She was nominated for Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards and won Theatre World Awards.

Awards & Nominations

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
1990 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Prelude to a Kiss Nominated
Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Nominated
Theatre World Awards N/A Won
2000 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role The Five Senses Nominated
2001 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Proof Won
Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Won
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Won
Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Won
2002 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2004 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Angels in America Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
2005 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Weeds Won
Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Reckless Nominated
2006 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Weeds Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2007 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress – Comedy Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie The Robber Bride Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Weeds Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
People’s Choice Awards Choice TV Drama Diva Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Red Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Weeds Nominated

Mary-Louise Parker Favorites

  • Favorite Movie – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Mary-Louise Parker Net worth

Mary-Louise Parker has a net worth of $16 million dollars as of 2019.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Mary-Louise Parker

  • She spent her childhood living in Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Germany and France.
  • She was listed as one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1990” in John Willis’ Screen World.
  • In 2001, she won the Tony award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the play  “Proof,” which first opened at Manhattan Theatre Club, and later transferred to Broadway.
  • The 2002 song “Butterfly in Reverse” by the band Counting Crows was written for her.
  • She was originally considered for the role of Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives in 2004.
  • Parker is a good friend of Shelby Lynne.
  • In 2006, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Television Series Musical or Comedy for her performance in Weeds.
  • In 2013, Parker was honored for her work with Hope North, an organization that works in the educating and healing of young victims in Uganda’s civil war. The actress began her involvement with the organization after meeting a former victim of Uganda’s civil war.
  • In November 2015, Scribner Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, published her memoir in letters titled Dear Mr. You.
  • In 2016, she was honored with the Ally Award for her work as an LGBT rights advocate.
  • In 2017, she starred as Roma Guy on the ABC television miniseries When We Rise.
  • In 2018, she appeared as a political consultant in the show Billions on Showtime.

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