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Parker graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her first screen role was on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. From there, Parker moved into Broadway and won awards for such stage productions as Prelude to a Kiss. She found success in such critically acclaimed films as Longtime Companion and Fried Green Tomatoes. Parker continued working in various film projects throughout the 1990s before moving into television.
In 2001, Parker become a guest star on The West Wing as Chief of Staff to the First Lady. For this she earned nominations for Emmys and Golden Globes. In 2003, Parker was once again found success, this time with her role in the HBO miniseries Angels in America. She continued to do guest appearances as well as take on several film and made-for-tv movies before landing the lead role on the Showtime series Weeds, for which she has won a Golden Globe.
Guest Starring Roles
Specials and Made-for-TV Movies
|Too Young the Hero||Pearl Spencer||March 27, 1988|
|A Place for Annie||Linda||May 1, 1994||Hallmark Hall of Fame|
|Sugartime||Phyllis McGuire||November 25, 1995|
|Legalese||Rica Martin||October 4, 1998|
|Saint Maybe||Lucy Bedloe||November 22, 1998||Hallmark Hall of Fame|
|The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn||Dr. Valerie Crane||May 9, 1999|
|Cupid & Cate||Cate||May 7, 2000||Hallmark Hall of Fame|
|Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story||Bonnie Hanssen||November 10, 2002|
|Miracle Run||Corrine Morgan-Thomas||August 9, 2004|
|Vinegar Hill||Ellen Grier||March 6, 2005|
Talk, News and Game Show Appearances
|Late Show with David Letterman||Show 318||February 3, 1995|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Show 508||November 14, 1995|
|The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Show 155||March 14, 1997|
|The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Show 438||September 15, 1998|
|The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Show 798||June 1, 2000|
|The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Show 907||January 22, 2001|
|The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Show 1155||May 2, 2002|
|Today||5/2/02||May 2, 2002|
Awards and Accolades
- Nominated: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2005-06)
- Won: Best Leading Actress in a Play (2001)
(6 Nominations, 1 Win)
- Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2002)
- Won: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (2004)
- Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (2007)
- The Robber Bride
- Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series(2007, 2008, 2009)
(5 Nominations, 2 Wins)
- Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (2004)
- Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (2006)
- Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (2007, 2008, 2009)
- Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2002)
- Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (2003)
- Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Satellite TV Awards, USA
(2 Nominations, 1 Win)
- Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (2003)
- Won: Outstanding Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2005)
- Genie Film Awards
- Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (1999) - The Five Senses
- Philadelphia Film Festival, USA
- Won: Artistic Achievement Award (2004)
- Organized and produced the public service annoucements Don't Pick the Wrong Fight to promote tolerance towards Arab-Americans after the events of September 11, 2001.
- Beat out four leading ladies from Desperate Housewives to win her 2006 Golden Globe. In the initial casting sessions, Parker was considered for the role of Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives.
- Won a Tony Award for her role in Proof.
- Has one son, William Atticus, who was born in 2004.
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