Mary-Louise Parker


Mary-Louise Parker Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Parker has Ophidiophobia or a fear of snakes.

    • She is a contributing writer for Esquire magazine.

    • Mary-Louise met her former flame Billy Crudup when the two appeared in the play "Bus Stop" in 1996.

    • In 1975, Mary-Louise landed her first professional acting role when she appeared on Ryan's Hope.

    • Mary-Louise's role on The West Wing was originally only supposed to be for one episode, but it turned into 23.

    • In early 2008, Mary-Louise was briefly engaged to her Weeds co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but they broke up a few months later. She briefly dated Academy Award winning actor Timothy Hutton.

    • The cast of Weeds teases Mary-Louise because even though she plays a pot dealer on the show, she has never smoked it in real life.

    • In 2008, Mary-Louise appeared in the play "Dead Man's Cellphone" after a four year absence from theater.

    • In the late 80's, Mary-Louise moved to New York and got a job measuring feet. She also worked as a waitress, telemarketer, and cashier before she made it as an actress.

    • Mary-Louise used to reside in New York City. She has been living in Los Angeles, California.

    • Mary-Louise graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts and majored in Acting. She was once suspended from the school for challenging the school's teachers.

    • Mary-Louise does not want to see the movie version of the Broadway production, Proof because she knows the story inside and out, and isn't interested in an alternate version.

    • Mary-Louise was offered the role of single mom Susan on the hit ABC show Desperate Housewives, but turned down the offer. The role eventually went to Teri Hatcher.

    • Mary-Louise enjoys meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, and reading to relax in her free time.

    • She turned down the opportunity to be Shannen Doherty's replacement on Charmed.

    • Mary-Louise Parker organized and produced "Don't Pick the Wrong Fight," a series of public-service announcements promoting tolerance toward Arab-Americans in the wake of September 11.

    • She's part Swedish.

    • Mary-Louise is 5' 8" (1.73 m). She has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.

    • Mary-Louise won a Golden Globe in competition with the four leading ladies of Desperate Housewives. She isn't the first woman to do beat out four leading ladies of a comedy series. In 1987, Cybill Shepherd won the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, beating out the 4 leading ladies of The Golden Girls.

    • Parker was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42. She placed No.12 among Entertainment Weekly's Comedy Hotties of 2009 (Women).

    • Parker was in the public service announcement for the "ONE" Campaign along with many other Hollywood celebrities.

    • Mary-Louise once dated the lead singer of the Counting Crows, Adam Duritz, who also dated Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox.

    • Parker won $1,000 from fellow West Wing star Janel Maloney when she won her Golden Globe for Angels in America; Janel dared Parker to thank her newborn son for the enhancement of her breasts and profile, which she did.

    • Mary-Louise received "Special Thanks" credits on the Wet Hot American Summer and Pieces of April, two films she wasn't in.

    • The Counting Crows song "Butterfly in Reverse" was written about her.

    • Parker was in the Bonnie Raitt video "You Got It."

    • Mary-Louise won the Tony award for her work on the play Proof, but her role in the film adaptation was given to Gwyneth Paltrow.

    • Awards:
      Emmy Award
      • Nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series" for Weeds (2007, 2008, 2009)
      • Nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie" for The Robber Bride (2007)
      • Won "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-series or a Movie" for Angels in America (2004)
      • Nominated for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" in The West Wing (2002)

      Golden Globe Award
      • Won "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical)" for Weeds (2006)
      • Nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical)" for Weeds (2007, 2008, 2009)
      • Won "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" for Angels in America (2004)

      Obie Award
      • Won "Best Performance" for How I Learned To Drive (1996)

      People's Choice Award
      • Nominated for "Favorite TV Drama Diva" for Weeds (2009)

      Screen Actors Guild Award
      • Nominated for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" for Weeds (2007, 2009)
      • Nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series" for Weeds (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
      • Nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" for Angels in America (2004)
      • Nominated for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" for The West Wing (2003)

    • She received the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Obie Awards for her role in the Broadway play Proof.

    • She received a Tony® Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway play Reckless.

    • She was seven months pregnant with Billy Crudup's child when they spilt in November of 2003. Her son, William Atticus, was born on January 7, 2004. In 2007, she adopted a baby girl from Africa named Caroline Aberash Parker.

  • Quotes

    • Mary-Louise: (After winning her Golden Globe in 2006)I was really surprised. I thought Felicity Huffman would win. I think we're all desperate housewives. My character is just a little bit more desperate than theirs."

    • Mary-Louise: (On her show Weeds) I don't think it's that controversial. I'm really in favor of legalizing marijuana. I thought people would be more offended by [this series] than they are. I'm surprised they weren't.

    • Mary-Louise: (When asked whether she is an easy-going girlfriend) I actually think I'm pretty easy, because I've never been anybody to ask for anything. I've never been able to ask for anything... which... maybe is not very good.

    • Mary-Louise: (On her show Weeds) Dude, I'm naked every time I turn around on the show! I'm, like, "Hey, when do I get to wear clothes?" But I don't think of nudity as being outrageous.

    • Mary-Louise: (On whether she has any vices) I was fairly guileless when I was younger, but when you have two young kids, you have to redirect the monorail. So I'm pretty square.

    • Mary-Louise: (When asked what she would do if one of her kids wanted to be an actor) I would hope they would want to do theater. If one of my kids came to me and said, 'I want to be a movie star,' I would be, like, 'Go to your room.'

    • Mary-Louise: I'm really angry that someone who is a singer, or an athlete, or a politician, or a model -- whatever -- can turn around and [act] and it will be accepted... They can be an actor. No one blinks an eye!

    • Mary-Louise: (remaining tight-lipped on her split from Billy Crudup) I didn't comment on my personal life when everyone thought it was boring and now that it's exciting, I don't comment on it either.

    • Mary-Louise: (on her character on Weeds) My character is not always completely likeable but that's what I like about it. I just think she's somebody who's really repressed and damaged from something horrible that has happened to her, and this is how she's dealing with it.

    • Mary-Louise: I count my blessing every minute I get a chance... How did I get so lucky? I have a wonderful life! A son that I adore, a show that I get to meet people like Snoop Dogg on, that guy is a riot, he is great company.

    • Mary-Louise: I try to see the positive in everyday, to be a negative energy is just so draining on everyone. Pretty soon, no one wants to hang out, if you have too many hang-ups about the rotten parts of your day.

    • Mary-Louise: People say that you shouldn't judge, but I disagree. Without judgement we wouldn't have a set of what is right and what is good.

    • Mary-Louise: I thought I knew what love was, until I had this beautiful baby boy. That love is impenetrable, it is pure. Nothing can touch that. You can tell me things about myself and I may believe you to a point. If you try and tell me something about the way I feel about my son, it won't work. That love is so pure and it is so rare in this world.

    • Mary-Louise: I was devastated when I found out that my boyfriend was leaving me for another woman, I was seven months pregnant, for crying out loud! I was also devastated when I ran out of chocolate milk, things pass, life goes on.

    • Mary-Louise: (on her character on Weeds) If someone would have told me ten years ago, that I would be playing a soccer-mom and a drug dealer, and they would be the same person...I would of thought you were crazy. But here, I am, a soccer mom that deals marijuana to the town each week on television.