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Parker Posey

Parker PoseyAKA Parker Christian Posey

Born: 8-Nov-1968
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Waiting for Guffman

Parker Posey dropped out of college to take a bad-girl role on As the World Turns. After a year on that soap opera, she had a miniscule part in her first film, the almost unseen interracial romance Joey Breaker with Gina Gershon. Her one scene in Sleepless in Seattle was left on the editing room floor, but in her third film, Richard Linklater's marijuana-scented comedy Dazed and Confused, Posey made a lasting impression as a cruel cheerleader. In the mini-series Tales of the City, she played Laura Linney's freewheeling friend from high school, and in her breakthrough role she played a far-from stereotypical librarian in 1995's Party Girl with Liev Schreiber.

She occasionally appears in big-budget films -- she was Tom Hanks' bitchy live-in lover in You've Got Mail, the lisping lead vampire in Blade: Trinity with Wesley Snipes, and Lex Luthor's villainous henchwoman in Superman Returns with Brandon Routh. Posey is at her best, though, when she gravitates toward the offbeat.

She played Jason Wiles's impatient girlfriend in Kicking and Screaming, the art gallery owner in Basquiat with Jeffrey Wright, a Dairy Queen worker hoping for fame in Waiting for Guffman with Christopher Guest, the brother-loving sister in The House of Yes with Tori Spelling, a lovably loudmouthed office worker in Clockwatchers with Toni Collette and Lisa Kudrow, a white-trash sex addict in Hal Hartley's Henry Fool, a high-strung yuppie dog owner in Best in Show with Fred Willard, the wisecracking fag hag in Adam & Steve with Chris Kattan, and the up-and-coming actress in For Your Consideration with Eugene Levy.

She also had a recurring role on Will & Grace, danced across the street from Jimmy Fallon in a Pepsi commercial, sang backup on several songs with her longtime boyfriend Ryan Adams, and she is a contributing editor at the poetry-and-prose magazine Open City. Her college roommate was Sherry Stringfield, who went on to play Dr Lewis on ER in the 1990s and 2000s.

Posey was named after 1950s supermodel Suzy Parker, who had a featured role in Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. An unreleased Beatles song, "Suzy Parker", pays tribute to her, and can be heard briefly in the rockumentary Let It Be.

Father: Christopher Posey (owns Chevrolet dealership)
Mother: Lynda Posey (chef)
Brother: Christopher Posey Jr (her twin, attorney, b. 8-Nov-1968)
Boyfriend: Zach Leary (author and son of LSD expert Timothy Leary, briefly dated)
Boyfriend: Thomas Beller (poet-publisher)
Boyfriend: Tony Pemberton (actor-director, b. 1969, together in late 1980s, early 1990s)
Boyfriend: Bob Gosse (film director, together 1991-96)
Boyfriend: Stuart Townsend (actor-director, together 1998-99)
Boyfriend: Ryan Adams (singer/songwriter, together since 2004)

    High School: R H Watkins High School
    University: North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
    University: State University of New York at Purchase

    Endorsement of Pepsi
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Lyme Disease

    TELEVISION
    The Good Wife Vanessa Gold (2011-12)
    The Big C Poppy Kowalski (2011)
    Boston Legal Marlene Stanger (2006)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Hair Brained (31-May-2013)
    And Now a Word from Our Sponsor (27-Apr-2013)
    Hemingway & Gellhorn (25-May-2012) · Mary Welsh Hemingway
    Price Check (25-Jan-2012)
    The Love Guide (15-Oct-2011)
    Inside Out (9-Sep-2011) · Claire
    Happy Tears (11-Feb-2009) · Jayne
    Spring Breakdown (16-Jan-2009)
    The Eye (30-Jan-2008)
    Broken English (2007)
    Fay Grim (11-Sep-2006)
    For Your Consideration (10-Sep-2006) · Callie Webb
    Superman Returns (28-Jun-2006)
    The OH in Ohio (2006)
    Adam & Steve (24-Apr-2005) · Rhonda
    Blade: Trinity (8-Dec-2004)
    Frankenstein (10-Oct-2004) · Det. Carson O'Conner
    Laws of Attraction (4-Apr-2004) · Serena
    A Mighty Wind (12-Mar-2003) · Sissy Knox
    The Event (19-Jan-2003)
    Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (7-Oct-2002)
    The Sweetest Thing (10-Apr-2002) · Judy
    Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (12-Jan-2002)
    The Anniversary Party (23-May-2001)
    Further Tales of the City (6-May-2001)
    Josie and the Pussycats (9-Apr-2001)
    Best in Show (8-Sep-2000) · Meg Swan
    Scream 3 (4-Feb-2000) · Jennifer Jolie
    The Misadventures of Margaret (23-Dec-1998)
    You've Got Mail (18-Dec-1998)
    What Rats Won't Do (1-Jul-1998) · Mirella
    Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City (7-Jun-1998)
    Henry Fool (07-Sep-1997)
    Clockwatchers (12-Jun-1997)
    The House of Yes (Jan-1997) · Jackie-O
    SubUrbia (11-Oct-1996) · Erica
    Waiting for Guffman (21-Aug-1996) · Libby Mae Brown
    Basquiat (9-Aug-1996) · Mary Boone
    The Daytrippers (Jan-1996)
    The Doom Generation (25-Oct-1995) · Brandi
    Kicking and Screaming (4-Oct-1995) · Miami
    Flirt (14-Sep-1995)
    Frisk (10-Sep-1995)
    Drunks (23-Aug-1995)
    Party Girl (9-Jun-1995) · Mary
    Mixed Nuts (21-Dec-1994)
    Sleep with Me (10-Sep-1994)
    Amateur (5-Aug-1994)
    Dead Connection (1994) · Denise
    Dazed and Confused (10-Sep-1993) · Darla
    Coneheads (23-Jul-1993) · Stephanie
    Joey Breaker (14-May-1993)
    Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (8-May-1993)


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