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

YearAssociationCategoryNominated WorkResult
1990Drama Desk AwardsOutstanding Actress in a PlayPrelude to a KissNominated
Tony AwardsBest Actress in a PlayNominated
Theatre World AwardsN/AWon
2000Genie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThe Five SensesNominated
2001Drama Desk AwardsOutstanding Actress in a PlayProofWon
Drama League AwardsDistinguished PerformanceWon
Outer Critics Circle AwardsOutstanding Actress in a PlayWon
Tony AwardsBest Actress in a PlayWon
2002Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe West WingNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2004Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmAngels in AmericaWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or MovieWon
Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieNominated
2005Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyWeedsWon
Tony AwardsBest Actress in a PlayRecklessNominated
2006Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyWeedsWon
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2007Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actress – Comedy SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or MovieThe Robber BrideNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesWeedsNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2008Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2009Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
People’s Choice AwardsChoice TV Drama DivaNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2010Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyRedNominated
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyWeedsNominated

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.