Mary-Louise Parker
Actress
Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress, best known for her lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin, for which she has received several nominations and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, 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.
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Dustin Lance Black Calls 'Bullsh*t' On Hollywood's View Of Trans Actors
Huffington Post - 14 days
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Rachel Carson doc tells the environmentalist's inspiring life story
Yahoo News - 28 days
Before Rachel Carson became the mother of the modern environmental movement, she was stuck in a job that paid the bills but left her restless. A new documentary revisits Carson's days as an information specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the 1930s and '40s, where at first she filed mundane reports about the agency's conservation work.  It was in that role that Carson learned about DDT — a potent pesticide that farmers sprayed indiscriminately over their crops. Carson exposed the chemical's widespread environmental damage in her groundbreaking 1962 book, Silent Spring.  SEE ALSO: Hawaii's bees are now protected under U.S. Endangered Species Act Her work inspired President John F. Kennedy to launch the first U.S. investigation into the public health risks of pesticides, which later prompted policymakers to create new safeguards for protecting the environment.  The PBS documentary Rachel Carson draws on the biologist's own writings, letters and recent scholarship to tell ...
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Here's A Look At 'When We Rise,' ABC's New LGBTQ Rights Miniseries
Huffington Post - 3 months
The tension is high in the starry trailer for “When We Rise,” Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black’s hotly-anticipated dramatization of the LGBTQ rights movement across several decades.  The eight-hour, seven-episode ABC miniseries stars Guy Pearce as activist Cleve Jones and Mary Louise Parker as women’s rights champion Roma Guy. Also featured in the cast are Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare and David Hyde Pierce, among others.  “It’s been the honor of my life to research and craft these stories of family, diversity and equality over the past three years,” Black said. “To have collaborators of this caliber sign on to help bring these stories to life is a tremendous vote of confidence, and I hope a testament to the relevancy and necessity of our continued march toward justice for all.” The trailer’s release on Monday couldn’t feel more timely in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise ascension to the U.S. presidency, which has left the future of que ...
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On the Culture Front: Kings of War, Wilderness and more
Huffington Post - 3 months
Regina Spektor has a knack for turning simple chord progressions into ethereal expressions of joy, longing and sadness - sometimes all three in the same breadth. Her intonation alternates between whimsy and passion. This was all on display at her recent Town Hall show when she took the stage with a string quartet plus bass and drums. The instrumentation reveals her style of folk baroque. Sitting at the piano for nearly the entire 90-minute set, she was radiant yet shy. She was visibly nervous too. It was her first show in a few years, and she drank a lot of water between each song leaving space in the air for heckles. Most were kind words of support and the sole negative one drew a sharp backlash from adoring fans. That's the thing about her music: it invites you in so graciously and sincerely that it feels improper not to respond in kind. Impropriety is the lifeblood of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's "Oh, Hello," a savage sendup of growing old and out-of-touch but still persisting. ...
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Mary-Louise Parker: The First Time I Performed in New York (With Actual Egg on My Face)
NYTimes - 4 months
Ms. Parker was 15 when she was drawn to a newspaper photo of a boy at an arts college; later, his play would draw her to New York.
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Heisenberg--A Small Play with a Huge Heart Opens on Broadway
Huffington Post - 4 months
Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in 'Heisenberg;' photo: Joan Marcus By Mark McLaren, ZEALnyc Editor in Chief, October 19, 2016 Simon Stephens' delicate comedy arrived on Broadway last week, a legitimate successor to his outstanding 2015 Tony Award-winning The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time that closed earlier this season. On the face of it, the two works are dissimilar. Curious Incident was busy and electric, with an equally vibrant narrative, while the narrative of Heisenberg is as simple as its production is spare. Except that both draw on mathematics and science for inspiration, overtly in the case of Curious Incident, and in the case of Heisenberg, for sound structural guidance that drives his seemingly random plot to an insightful and satisfying conclusion. The play's title is a reference to the scientific principle arguing that the more precisely one particular factor of matter is understood, the less precisely understood is another. Einstein spent hi ...
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<i>Heisenberg</i>: Two Lost Souls Converge
Huffington Post - 4 months
In the new play Heisenberg, you can't always trust what you hear. It's not uncommon to be confronted by an untrustworthy character, but this time around it's doubled over by someone whom you're not sure can really help it with the lying. Or is she so in control of everything she does - so calculated, always two steps ahead - that you can't help but admire her incredible foresight? That's not the question at the heart of the play, but it sure is what drives it. An unlikely duo, played by Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker, meet a train station, setting off a string of scenes over the course of the next few weeks in time that leaves the audience curious and craving for some clarity. At the same time, though, it's that mystery that prompts the characters to join together and to grow to tolerate one another, and there's something sweet about the affection they share, despite their glaring, and sometimes glowing, shortcomings. Parker's Georgie is a 40-something woman with loads to say, ...
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At 77, He Gets to Woo Mary-Louise Parker
NYTimes - 5 months
By happy accident, the veteran actor Denis Arndt makes his Broadway debut in Simon Stephens’s “Heisenberg.”
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Shelter in Place: A Chat with Novelist Alexander Maksik
Huffington Post - 5 months
The first line of Alexander Maksik's third novel, "Shelter in Place," perfectly sets the stage for this brutal, elegant book full of yearning and nostalgia. "In the summer of 1991 my mother beat a man to death with a twenty-two ounce Erstwing framing hammer and I fell in love with Tess Wolff." "Shelter in Place" explores questions of family loyalty, love and mental illness, but most importantly, it delves into the frustrating lack of options for those eager to end the epidemic of violence against women. Ensconced in a house in the woods in the present day, Joe March, the novel's narrator, reflects back on his strange coming-of-age, which began that fateful day when his mother snapped in the parking lot of a hardware store after witnessing a man she didn't know hit first his child, and then his wife. In sensual, musical prose, Maksik creates Joe's March's longing for both the love of his life, and the family that was irremediably changed that summer day in 1991. "Shelter in Place ...
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15 Of The Worst Movies On Netflix According To Rotten Tomatoes
Huffington Post - 8 months
Netflix can be a treasure trove of hidden gems (see: "The Babadook," "Short Term 12"), but for every great movie there are about 10 terrible ones clogging your feed.  To help you weed out a few of the bad seeds, we've put together a list of the worst films on the streaming service, according to their Rotten Tomatoes ratings. (But hey, "worst" is subjective here. Who doesn't love watching a terrible movie every now and then?)  With each of these films earning a 0 percent rating, it doesn't really get any worse. Happy watching! 1. "United Passions" (2014) "United Passions," starring Gérard Depardieu, is all about the rise of the FIFA World Cup. According to Tim Appelo at TheWrap, it's "one of those rare films so unfathomably ghastly you could write a better one while sitting through its interminable 110 minutes." 2. "The Ridiculous 6" (2015) "The Ridiculous 6" -- Adam Sandler's comedy about six strangers who discover they have the sam ...
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NYC's LGBT Center Dinner To Honor Mary Louise Parker, Raise Funds For Youth
Huffington Post - 10 months
New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center is throwing its annual Center Dinner on Thursday, April 14 and it's hoping to raise over a million dollars to help fund programing. Held at the famed Cipriani's in downtown Manhattan, the event will honor Emmy and Tony Award-winner Mary Louise Parker and BNY Mellon for their commitment to LGBT rights and equality. Other stars slated to attend The Center Dinner include Cynthia Nixon, Michael C. Hall, Whoopi Goldberg, Lea DeLaria and more. There will also be a silent art auction to raise funds for The Center’s first-of-its-kind outpatient substance use treatment program for LGBT youth.  Established in 1983, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center welcomes more than 300,000 visitors to its building in the West Village each year.  For more details about The Center Dinner and to purchase tickets, head here. For more info about NYC's L ...
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Mary-Louise Parker returning to Broadway this fall
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Mary-Louise Parker is returning to Broadway this fall in the quirky, romantic play "Heisenberg." Manhattan Theatre Club said Tuesday it will transfer Simon Stephens' lovely drama to its Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in September. The play made its world premiere last summer off-Broadway. In "Heisenberg,"...
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Mary-Louise Parker returning to Broadway this fall
Yahoo News - about 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — Mary-Louise Parker is returning to Broadway this fall in the quirky, romantic play "Heisenberg."
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BookFilter: Last Minute Gift Ideas/Best Books of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Don't panic. Or should I say, DON'T PANIC! Books make a great last minute gift. Put a little effort into it and they're personal and thoughtful...and easily returnable for another book if they've already read it or you've gone wide of the mark. (What? Your friend's son has already read The Hunger Games? But didn't the movie just come out?) You've got just enough time to order online or head to your favorite local independent store or chain and pick out a book, wrap it and place it under the tree. Here are some great gift ideas from BookFilter -- each one is among the best books of the year. The next time you want to know what to read next or what books just came out or are coming out soon or you want to browse for some book ideas before heading to your favorite indie/library/chain or website, head to BookFilter for more great ideas like these. With literally hundreds of thousands of books coming out each year in North America, these picks are literally the tip of the iceberg. So ...
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Mary-Louise Parker’s ‘Dear Mr. You’
NYTimes - about 1 year
The actress writes 34 short, discreet missives to various men she has known along the way.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mary-Louise Parker
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 51
    The play will transfer to Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with previews starting on September 20, 2016, and Parker and her co-star Denis Arndt reprising their roles.
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  • 2015
    Age 50
    In November 2015, Scribner Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, published Parker's memoir in letters entitled Dear Mr. You.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The actress began her involvement with the organization after meeting a former victim of Uganda's civil war.
    In 2013 she played roles in both RED 2 and R.I.P.D. She appeared in the Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club production of the play The Snow Geese by Sharr White at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from October 24 through December 15, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The play was directed by Daniel J. Sullivan and also starred Danny Burstein and Victoria Clark. She starred in the new play by Simon Stephens, Heisenberg, produced Off-Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club. The play, directed by Mark Brokaw, opened on June 2, 2015. The play extended its run, closing on July 11, 2015.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    In 2011, Parker became the host for the tenth season of the PBS documentary series Independent Lens.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    In 2009, Parker was dating singer Charlie Mars, and appeared in a video for his "Listen to the Darkside."
    More Details Hide Details In September 2007, Parker adopted a baby girl, Caroline Aberash Parker, from Ethiopia.
    She filmed the Donna Vermeer film Les Passages alongside Julie Delpy. Following this, she returned to work on the fifth season of Weeds. Parker took the lead role in the Roundabout Theatre Broadway revival of the play Hedda Gabler, running from January through March 29, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The play garnered 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.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    On February 12, 2008, Parker and Morgan announced their engagement, only to break up the following April.
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    Parker appeared in 2008's The Spiderwick Chronicles and in off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons production in the New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Sarah Ruhl, alongside Drama Desk Award Winner Kathleen Chalfant.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    In August 2007, she posed nude for an ad for the third season of Weeds.
    More Details Hide Details In the ad, she appears as Eve in the Garden of Eden, with a snake draped around her body and a cannabis leaf behind her ear.
    In August 2007, Parker continued her role in the third season of Weeds.
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    She then portrayed Zerelda Mimms in the Andrew Dominik film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which opened in cinemas in September 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Parker appeared alongside Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell and Garret Dillahunt.
    In March 2007, Parker played the lead role in the television film The Robber Bride.
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  • 2006
    Age 41
    In December 2006, Parker began dating actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whom she met on the set of Weeds.
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    Parker received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for her lead role in Weeds.
    More Details Hide Details In that category, she defeated the four leads of Desperate Housewives. She dedicated the award to the late John Spencer, known for his work as Leo McGarry on The West Wing. After receiving the award, Parker stated: "I'm really in favor of legalizing marijuana. I don't think it's that controversial."
  • 2005
    Age 40
    In November 2005, Parker was the subject of a career exhibition at Boston University, where memorabilia from her career were donated to the University's library.
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    The production, directed by Mark Brokaw, earned Parker another nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actress in 2005.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 39
    In 2004, Parker appeared in the comedy Saved!, and a television film called Miracle Run, based on the true story of a mother of two sons with autism, as well as appearing in Craig Lucas' Reckless on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details Parker took the lead role that had been Mia Farrow's on screen.
  • 1999
    Age 34
    She starred along side Sidney Poitier in the 1999 movie The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn.
    More Details Hide Details On December 7, 2003, HBO aired a 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.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    From 1997 to November 2003, Parker dated actor Billy Crudup, who left her for Claire Danes while she was seven months pregnant with their son, William Atticus Parker, born in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details William's godmother is actress Susan Sarandon.
    Parker's theater career continued when she appeared in Paula Vogel's 1997 critical smash How I Learned to Drive, with David Morse.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1990s, she appeared in several independent films, including Let the Devil Wear Black and The Five Senses.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She moved with the production when it transferred from its origin Off-Broadway. Parker 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). Parker 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. Parker's 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).
  • 1986
    Age 21
    Parker majored in drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Parker got her start in acting with a role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. In the late 1980s, Parker moved to New York.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on August 2, 1964.
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