Sarah Jessica Parker

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Actress, Theater Actress, Producer, Film Actor/Film Actress, Film Actress, Television Actress(1965–)
Sarah Jessica Parker is an award-winning TV and film actress whose starring role in the series Sex and the City catapulted her to stardom.

Synopsis

Born on March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio, Sarah Jessica Parker appeared on TV’s Square Pegs before moving on to films, starring in Ed Wood and The First Wives Club. She achieved major success playing Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO comedy Sex and the City, which revolutionized depictions of female sexuality. She has starred in other films and worked as producer on the City movies.

Early Life

Actor and producer Sarah Jessica Parker was born on March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio. The fourth of eight children, Parker grew up in relative poverty.

After her parents divorced, she was raised by her mother, a school teacher, and her often out-of-work stepfather. She helped support the family at a young age, bringing home paychecks from early dancing and singing gigs.

Early Career

In 1976, after winning her first Broadway role in The Innocents, her family moved to New Jersey to encourage her career. Alongside four of her siblings, Sarah Jessica Parker toured for the next few years with The Sound of Music. She received her first major break when she was chosen to take over the title role of Annie on Broadway, from 1979 to 1980.

Schooled at the American Ballet Theater and the New York Professional Children's School along the way, Parker started to gain national attention in the early 1980s. She made her film debut in 1979 with Rich Kids, co-starring John Lithgow, Trini Alvarado and Olympia Dukakis.

In 1982, Parker became known to TV audiences as the endearing geek in her starring role in the sitcom Square Pegs. Shortly after, she received further celebrity with her supporting role in the 1984 hit Footloose. The following year, Parker starred alongside a very young Helen Hunt in Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Her success in both films paved the way for steady work, both on the big screen and on TV with such shows as Equal Justice, through the rest of the decade.

In the early 1990s, Parker made the challenging segue from teen to adult roles, appearing alongside Steve Martin in L.A. Story (1991), then earning both critical and cult credibility as Nicholas Cage's fiancée in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992). She also played the wife of schlockmeister Ed Wood in Tim Burton's celebrated 1994 film.

The mid-1990s saw Parker in a handful of middle-of-the-road supporting roles, including Miami Rhapsody (1995), The First Wives Club and Mars Attacks! (both released in 1996). Her work on stage was better received, including Sylvia, for which she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination.

'Sex and the City'

In 1998, Parker landed the starring role of New York sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO series Sex and the City. The Manhattan-centric show chronicled the lives of four friends and became a huge hit among both critics and viewers. Parker won multiple Golden Globe awards for her work on the show in the early 2000s, earning her both steady employment and praise from the fashion world. The series was made into an original film by the same name in 2008, and its success led to a sequel in 2010.

Fashion Icon

Thanks to her Sex and the City days, Parker transformed herself into a style icon with immense commercial appeal. In 2003, she became the spokesperson for Garnier hair products. The following year, she signed a $38 million deal with the Gap and became the Council of Fashion Designers of America's "Fashion Icon of the Year." In 2005, Parker debuted her first perfume, Lovely. She later added Covet to her fragrance line, which she sells through her company SJP Beauty. Parker also has her own line of shoes, launched in 2014, called the SJP Collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker Photo

Sarah Jessica Parker attends Lexus Design Disrupted at Pier 36 on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

Recent Projects

On the small screen, Parker made several guest appearances on the hit musical series Glee. In 2016, she served as the executive producer and starred in the HBO comedy Divorce. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Frances Dufresne, an executive recruiter who is going through a divorce from her husband of 17 years, who is played by Thomas Haden Church. The show also features Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam.  

Personal Life

Parker has garnered notice off screen, as well. Following high-profile relationships with Robert Downey Jr. and John F. Kennedy Jr., she married actor Matthew Broderick in 1997. Their son, James Wilke Broderick, named after Matthew's late fater, was born in October 2002. In 2009, the couple welcomed twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, via surrogate.

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