Mary-Louise Parker





8/2/1964 , Fort Jackson, South Carolina, USA

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Parker was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina and remains the youngest child of an Army brat family. She grew up in places such as Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Germany and France while her father served in the US Army. She became interested in acting in high school and was a Drama major at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

She has starred in many productions of the stage and screen. By 1990 had already earned her first Tony Award She had a recurring role in the highly acclaimed series The West Wing. She won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her role as "Harper Pitt" in Angels in America, an HBO production. She went on to roles in more films including Naked in New York (1994), Mr. Wonderful (1993), The Client (1994), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), Portrait of a Lady (1996), The Five Senses (1997), and Red Dragon (2002).

In 2004, Parker landed a lead role in the Showtime comedy series Weeds. She plays a widowed mother of two who runs a weed-dealing business from her home. She won a Golden Globe in 2006 for that role.