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Mary-Louise Parker is an American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress known for her role on the Showtime television show Weeds.
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Bullets Over Broadway and more. She won the Tony Award for Proof and her first Emmy for HBO's Angels in America. She's currently starring in the Showtime series Weeds. Parker has a son with former boyfriend, actor Billy Crudup.
As an “army brat”, Mary-Louise Parker spent much of her childhood moving from town to town. She attended the North Carolina School for the Arts, where she studied acting. After graduation, she departed for New York, where she hoped to make it as a stage actress.
Mary-Louise Parker began her theater career in the mid-1980s, performing in regional performances in Buffalo, Syracuse and Hartford. She eventually worked her way onto Broadway, playing the role of Rita in Prelude to a Kiss (1990). The role earned the precocious actress a Tony nomination.
Signs of Life (1989). Her ability to play long-suffering characters without casting them as pure victims would earn her a number of major roles over the coming years. She followed up with a turn in Longtime Companion (1989), an AIDS drama in which she played the best friend of a young gay man struggling with the disease.
Mary-Louise Parker spent the 1990s jockeying between big-budget and independent films, earning consistent critical attention for her supporting roles. She appeared in the popular novel-adaptation Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon (1991), Naked in New York (1994), the romantic comedy Mr. Wonderful (1993), Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway (1994), and the Jane Campion adaptation of Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady (1996).
But Mary-Louise Parker never lost her taste for the stage and often eschewed big-budget Hollywood opportunities for live theater. In 1996 she played Cherie in a popular revival of Bus Stop at Manhattan’s Circle in the Square Theater. In 1997, she jumped into the critically acclaimed production of How I Learned to Drive. For her stage work, she received a series of top honors including the Clarence Derwent, Theater World and Lucille Lortel awards. In 2001, she took home the theater world’s highest honor, the Tony Award, for her role in the Broadway production of Proof. Parker also won her first Emmy Award in 2004 for her role in the HBO adaptation of the Broadway play Angels in America.
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