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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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After a brief turn in the ABC soap opera Ryan's Hope, she performed in the WWII television drama Too Young the Hero (1988). She played opposite Sissy Spacek in yet another AIDS drama, A Place for Annie (1994), and starred in the 1995 HBO biopic Sugartime. In 2001, she landed a recurring role on the highly successful ABC drama The West Wing,
Continuing with her success on the small screen, Parker made a splash as a suburban widow to turns to selling marijuana as a means to support her family in the comedy Weeds in 2005. Parker's character, Nancy Botwin, faced all sorts of challenges with her new business venture while trying to raise her two sons, Silas and Shane, right. Her domestic situation was further complicated by the arrival of her wacky, underachieving brother-in-law Andy who wanted in on her operation. The popular show aired its final season in 2012.
Other movie projects for Parker have included the musical film Romance & Cigarettes (2005) and a television adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel The Robber Bride (2006). She also appeared in the film The Assassination of Jesse James, in which she played the famous outlaw's wife. She also starred in the films R.I.P.D. (2013) and Red 2 (2013), reprising her role from Red (2010) in the latter film.
Parker has a son named William with former boyfriend actor Billy Crudup. The couple split two months before their son was born in 2003; they had been dating since 1996. Parker has recently been romantically linked to actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
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