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Mary-Louise Parker

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Mary-Louise Parker
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Born August 2, 1964 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, USA
Notable Roles The West Wing: Amy Gardner
Weeds: Nancy Botwin
Notable Episodes The West Wing: 5x05 - Constituency of One
Weeds: 1x07 - Higher Education
Weeds: 1x10 - The Godmother
Awards 1 Primetime Emmy
2 Golden Globes (TV)
1 Satellite Award

Mary-Louise Parker is an actress best known for her role in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes and for starring in the Showtime series Weeds.

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Biography

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.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Weeds Nancy Botwin 2005–2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The West Wing Amy Gardner 3x08 - The Women of Qumar November 28, 2001
The West Wing Amy Gardner 3x10 - H. Con-172 January 9, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 3x11 - 100,000 Airplanes January 16, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 3x12 - The Two Bartlets January 30, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 3x15 - Dead Irish Writers March 6, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 3x20 - We Killed Yamamoto May 15, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 3x21 - Posse Comitatus May 22, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x03 - College Kids October 2, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x04 - The Red Mass October 9, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x05 - Debate Camp October 16, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x08 - Process Stories November 13, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x10 - Arctic Radar November 27, 2002
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x17 - Red Haven's on Fire February 26, 2003
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x18 - Privateers March 26, 2003
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x22 - Commencement May 7, 2003
The West Wing Amy Gardner 4x23 - Twenty Five May 14, 2003
The West Wing Amy Gardner 5x02 - The Dogs of War October 1, 2003
The West Wing Amy Gardner 5x03 - Jefferson Lives October 8, 2003
The West Wing Amy Gardner 5x04 - Han October 22, 2003
The West Wing Amy Gardner 5x05 - Constituency of One October 29, 2003
The West Wing Amy Gardner 6x15 - Freedonia February 16, 2005
The West Wing Amy Gardner 7x18 - Requiem April 16, 2006
The West Wing Amy Gardner 7x20 - The Last Hurrah April 30, 2006

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
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 Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
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

IVy Awards

  • Nominated: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2005-06)
Weeds

Tony Awards

  • Won: Best Leading Actress in a Play (2001)
Proof

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Win in 6 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2002)
The West Wing
  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (2004)
Angels in America
  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (2007)
The Robber Bride
  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2007, 2008, 2009)
Weeds

Golden Globe Awards

(2 Wins in 5 Nominations)

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

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(6 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2002)
The West Wing
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (2003)
Angels in America
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Weeds

Satellite Awards

(1 Win in 2 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (2003)
Angels in America
  • Won: Outstanding Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2005)
Weeds

Other Awards

  • 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)

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Won a Tony Award for her role in Proof.
  • Has one son, William Atticus, who was born in 2004.