TIME magazine dubbed her "The Indie Queen," and few actresses have worked as often...or received so many critical accolades...as Parker Posey. In her ten years as an actress, she has made more than thirty films, ranging from such independent classics as "Dazed and Confused," "Party Girl," and "The…more
In 1997 Parker won the Special Recognition for Acting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for her role in the film House of Yes.
In 2003 Parker received a Golden Globe nomination for her supporting role in the made-for-television movie Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay.
Parker is a close friend of writer/director Zoe Cassavetes. The two worked together in the film Broken English.
Parker is a fan of film director Hal Hartley.
Parker was raised Catholic.
Parker composed the song "Teacher's Pet" for the film Waiting for Guffman.
Parker was considered for the role of Vickie Miner in the film Reality Bites. The part would eventually go to actress/comedian Janeane Garofalo.
Parker briefly dated producer/director Bob Gosse.
Parker is an accomplished mime.
Parker's grandmother gave her the nickname "Missy" when the family began to worry that her unusual name would cause her to be picked on at school.
Parker and her twin brother Chris were born prematurely and weren't expected to live.
Parker's measurements are 33B-25-34.
Parker Posey auditioned for the female lead in the film Speed but lost out to actress Sandra Bullock.
Parker is 5'5" tall.
She is an avid cigarette smoker.
She resides in the west side of New York.
Posey has also appeared in 2006 in a commercial for Pepsi Cola opposite Jimmy Fallon dancing to the song "Newton - Streamline."
She has had a recurring role on the television series Will & Grace, as Jack's high-maintenance boss at Barneys.
Her first role was on the soap opera As the World Turns.
Posey and her twin brother, Chris, were raised in Monroe, Louisiana and Laurel, Mississippi.
Her mother, Lynda, is a housewife and her father, Christopher Posey, owns a Chevrolet dealership named "Posey Chevrolet" in Laurel.
She attended Purchase College, where she roomed with actress Sherry Stringfield.
In May 2005 she starred in the acclaimed, off-Broadway revival of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly". The production also starred Ethan Hawke, Bobby Cannavalle, Elizabeth Berkley, Wallace Shawn, and Josh Hamilton.
She was considered for the role of Dorothy Boyd in Jerry Maguire. The part eventually went to actress Renée Zellweger.
She did her own singing and mandolin-playing in A Mighty Wind.
She and the other cast members have been playing concerts in role as the bands from A Mighty Wind, so far they have played at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in May, 2003 and will be doing more concerts in Washington, D.C., Boston, Massachusetts, and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania in September, 2003.
Her former boyfriend was writer/editor Thomas Beller, Editor of the Open City literary magazine and publishing house, www.opencity.org and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, www.mrbellersneighborhood.com, a literary website about New York City.
Her favorite musicians include Belle & Sebastian, Sigur Rós, and Mighty Flashlight.
Her former boyfriend is songwriter/musician Ryan Adams.
Reuters rated her #19 in the 2003 edition of their annual "What Ever Happened to...? list.
She is a contributing editor to Open City literary magazine.
One of Parker's current interests is making pottery.
She briefly dated Zach Leary (son of LSD guru Timothy Leary).
She was named "Queen of Indies" by Time magazine since she has appeared in some 30 films since 1994, most of them low-budget independent movies.
She was named after the 1950s model Suzy Parker.
She has a twin brother, Chris, who practices law in Atlanta.
Against the wishes of her management, she accepted two supporting roles right after the unexpected success of Party Girl.
Parker: L.A. doesn't get me. I think I scare them -- or maybe they just don't know what to make of me.
Parker: Being an indie queen, people think I have all these choices. Like I've just been sitting around waiting for the best indie film that I deem acceptable. There are a lot of independent films I've wanted to do that I haven't been cast in.
Parker: I've never been bored on a movie set. Give me a costume and I just brighten up.
Parker: Look around, everyone's crying with you.
Parker: I like soap opera acting. If it's done really well, there's nothing better. It's old school. It's like what those melodramas in the '30s and '40s were like.
Parker: But it's fun to be something, have that, and you don't have to be real. It's like, comedians. They go on and they're doing all these jokes. I would be like that if I were more awake.
Parker: I can do comedy, so people want me to do that, but the other side of comedy is depression. Deep, deep depression is the flip side of comedy. Casting agents don't realize it but in order to be funny you have to have that other side.
Parker: I wouldn't say I was a queen. Maybe a little elf.
Parker: There are all these scripts where the women, if they're working, are prostitutes and lawyers with an angry streak who'll kill you. It's a reaction to women leaving their men and men being angry about it and saying it on some subconscious level.