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Parker Posey

Parker Posey
Full Name: Parker Christian Posey
Birth Date: November 8, 1968
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Occupation: Actress
Height: 5' 4"
Measurements: 33B-25-34


Parker Posey Biography
Displaying an off-kilter beauty and an ability to embrace the comically bizarre, Parker Posey has been repeatedly referred to as "The Queen of the Indies." Following her indie debut in Richard Linklater's 1993 Dazed and Confused, Posey went on to star in no less than 15 independent features over the next five years, proving time and again how worthy she was of her royal title.
Born in Baltimore on November 8, 1968, Posey was named after '50s model and occational actress Suzy Parker. At the age of 12, she moved with her parents and twin brother to Laurel, MS, where her father owned a Chevrolet dealership. After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, Posey enrolled at S.U.N.Y. Purchase, where she studied acting and roomed with future ER doctor Sherry Stringfield. She dropped out just three weeks before graduation when opportunity came knocking in the form of a role on As the World Turns. As bad girl Tess Shelby, Posey stayed with the show from 1991 until 1992. The following year, Posey crossed over to celluloid with roles in three movies. Two of these, The Coneheads and Joey Breaker, featured the actress as little more than a glorified extra, but the third, Linklater's Dazed and Confused, allowed Posey to make a distinct impression. As cheerleader Darla, she used her relatively brief screen time to display the nastier side of teen popularity. She played a similar character the same year on the small screen, taking a memorable turn as ex-pep queen turned good-time girl Connie Bradshaw in PBS' Tales of the City (she would later reprise the role for More Tales of the City in 1998).
Following secondary to miniscule parts in films like Sleep With Me, Amateur, and Mixed Nuts (all 1994), Posey had her breakthrough role as the titular heroine of Daisy von Scherler Mayer's Party Girl in 1995. She caused an art-house sensation with her portrayal of Mary, a downtown diva forced to take a day job as a librarian and began to ascend the ranks of indie royalty. Appearances in Hal Hartley's Flirt, Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation, and Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming the same year further enhanced her reputation. Posey's work over the next two years reads like a Sundance Film Festival program: in 1996, she could be seen as a Dairy Queen waitress in the ensemble-driven Waiting for Guffman, famed gallery owner Mary Boone in Basquiat, and Hope Davis' sister in The Daytrippers. In 1997, Posey starred in no less than five independent films, including Henry Fool, her third Hartley outing; the temps-in-hell comedy drama Clockwatchers; Linklater's adaptation of Eric Bogosian's SubUrbia; and The House of Yes. For this last film, Posey garnered particular acclaim as the film's fabulously demented focal point. She shined as a young woman obsessed with both Jackie Onassis and her own twin brother (Josh Hamilton). Her performance, which perfectly displayed the hyperkinetic comic energy and sardonic wit that came to characterize many of the actress' portrayals, won her a "special recognition for acting" at Sundance that year.
The year 1998 brought more independent work in the form of The Misadventures of Margaret, a romantic comedy in which Posey had the title role and a foray into mainstream features with a turn as Tom Hanks' book-editor girlfriend in Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail. The following year, she took another stab, so to speak, at mainstream fare with a part in Wes Craven's third installment of his Scream series, the aptly titled Scream 3. Though she wasn't necessarily known as a "method" actress to this point, Posey actually had real braces installed for her subsequent role in Waiting for Guffman and director Christopher Guest's popular dog show comedy Best in Show. Cast as the better half of a neurotic, hypertensive couple who will stop at nothing to see their pet win the number-one spot in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, Posey nearly stole the show with her hysterical, shrieking performance. Best in Show was immediately embraced by critics and audiences and went on to live a long and prosperous life on cable and DVD. By this point, Posey had gained quite a reputation for her effortless transitions between indies and blockbusters, and a role as a malicious recording industry boss in Josie and the Pussycats (2001) added much flavor to the energetic, pop-flavored comedy. If Posey was somewhat lost in the cast of the 2001 miniseries Further Tales of the City, she would certainly go on to impress in the popular indies The Anniversary Party (2001) and Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002). Her role as a philandering housewife in Personal Velocity in particular gave Posey an opportunity to truly shine.
Her profile would fade a bit in the following few years despite a role in the widely released (but ill fated) comedy The Sweetest Thing (2002), and after performing at her bitchy best in the made-for-television Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (2003) she was included in Reuters 2003 "What Ever Happened to" list. Ironically, it was that same year that Posey essayed he first lead role in quite some time with the independent drama The Event. Cast as a district attorney who is investigating a mysterious suicide, Posey was backed by a stellar cast that included Sarah Polley and Olympia Dukakis. Though she would once again join Guest for the 2003 mockumentary A Mighty Wind, she was pretty much lost in the shuffle in the divisive effort. With the approach of 2004, audiences were no doubt set to find out "What Ever Happened to" Posey with her roles in the high-profile efforts The Laws of Attraction and Blade: Trinity.
Parker Posey Filmography
Asphalt Beach (2007) .... Sissy
Spring Breakdown (2007)
Broken English (2007) .... Nora Wilder
For Your Consideration (2006) .... Kelly Webb
Superman Returns (2006) (VG) (voice) .... Kitty
Fay Grim (2006) .... Fay Grim
Superman Returns (2006) .... Kitty Kowalski
"Boston Legal"
- BL: Los Angeles (2006) TV Episode .... Marlene Stanger
- Spring Fever (2006) TV Episode .... Marlene Stanger
- Squid Pro Quo (2006) TV Episode .... Marlene Stanger
The OH in Ohio (2006) .... Priscilla
Adam & Steve (2005) .... Rhonda
Blade: Trinity (2004) .... Danica Talos
The Sisters of Mercy (2004)
Frankenstein (2004) (TV) .... Detective Carson O'Conner
Laws of Attraction (2004) .... Serena
A Mighty Wind (2003) .... Sissy Knox
The Event (2003) .... Nick
Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (2002) (TV) .... Jinger Heath
... aka Empire de Mary Kay, L' (Canada: French title)
... aka The Battle of Mary Kay (UK)
The Sweetest Thing (2002) .... Judy Webb
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002) .... Greta Herskowitz
... aka Personal Velocity (USA: short title)
"Will & Grace"
- Jingle Balls (2001) TV Episode .... Dorleen
- Loose Lips Sink Relationships (2001) TV Episode .... Dorleen
The Anniversary Party (2001) .... Judy Adams
"Further Tales of the City" (2001) (mini) TV Series .... Connie Bradshaw Fetzner
... aka Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City (USA: complete title)
Josie and the Pussycats (2001) .... Fiona
Best in Show (2000) .... Meg Swan
"The Simpsons"
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge (2000) TV Episode (voice) .... Becky
- The Deep South (2000) TV Episode (voice) .... Ombrial
Scream 3 (2000) .... Jennifer Jolie
The Venice Project (1999) .... Myra
Dinner at Fred's (1999) .... Celia
The Misadventures of Margaret (1998) .... Margaret Nathan
... aka Folies de Margaret, Les (France)
You've Got Mail (1998) .... Patricia Eden
What Rats Won't Do (1998) .... Mirella Burton
"More Tales of the City" (1998) (mini) TV Series .... Connie Bradshaw
... aka Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City
Henry Fool (1997) .... Fay Grim
Clockwatchers (1997) .... Margaret Burre
The House of Yes (1997) .... Jackie-O
SubUrbia (1996) .... Erica
... aka subUrbi@
Waiting for Guffman (1996) .... Libby Mae Brown
Basquiat (1996) .... Mary Boone
... aka Build a Fort, Set It on Fire
The Daytrippers (1996) .... Jo Malone
... aka En route vers Manhattan (Canada: French title)
The Doom Generation (1995) .... Brandi
Kicking and Screaming (1995) .... Miami
Flirt (1995) .... Emily
Frisk (1995) .... Ferguson
Drunks (1995) .... Debbie
Party Girl (1995) .... Mary
An Eviction Notice (1995)
Mixed Nuts (1994) .... Rollerblader
... aka Lifesavers
Sleep with Me (1994) .... Athena
Amateur (1994) .... Girl Squatter
Iris (1994) (V)
Opera No. 1 (1994) .... Fairy 1
Dead Connection (1994) .... Denise
... aka Final Combination (UK)
... aka Lights Out
Tracey Takes on New York (1993) (TV) .... Libby
Flirt (1993) .... Emily
Dazed and Confused (1993) .... Darla Marks
Coneheads (1993) .... Stephanie
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (uncredited) .... Lulu (scenes deleted)
"Tales of the City" (1993) (mini) TV Series .... Connie Bradshaw
... aka Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City
The Wake (1993) (uncredited) .... Beachgoer
Description of a Struggle (1993) .... Wanda
Joey Breaker (1993) .... Irene Kildare
... aka Agent Breaker (USA)
"As the World Turns" (1956) TV Series .... Tess Shelby (1991-1992)
First Love, Fatal Love (1991) (TV)

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