Parker Posey

Parker Posey Biography

Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress. She became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films that gained her the nickname, "Queen of the Indies", and later playing improvisational roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries.

Early life

Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the daughter of Lynda (Patton), a chef, and Chris Posey, owner of the local Chevrolet dealership. She has a twin brother, Christopher. Posey's first name was a tribute by her father to 1950s model Suzy Parker. After Posey's birth, the family moved to Laurel, Mississippi, where her mother worked as a chef and culinary instructor for the Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood, and her father operated a car dealership, Chris Posey Chevrolet, in Laurel. The family also lived in Monroe, Louisiana. Posey was raised Catholic.

Film career

Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield and Orlagh Cassidy.

Posey got her first break in television with the role of Tess Shelby on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Posey's first major role in a feature film was in Dazed and Confused (1993), a cult classic featuring Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.

Throughout the late 1990s, Posey starred in 32 independent films and was nicknamed "Queen of the Indies". These films include Personal Velocity, Basquiat, Clockwatchers, The Daytrippers, Party Girl, and The House of Yes, for which she received positive reviews for her portrayal of a delusional woman in love with her own brother. She is part of the acting ensemble that appears in director Christopher Guest's films, including four of his mock documentaries: Waiting for Guffman in 1996, Best in Show in 2000, A Mighty Wind in 2003, and For Your Consideration in 2006. Posey has appeared in several films of Hal Hartley: Henry Fool (1998); two of his shorts, Opera No. 1 (1994; with Adrienne Shelley) and Sisters of Mercy (2004); and Fay Grim (2006). Posey also had a notable role as the best friend of Adam in the 2005 film Adam and Steve.

Posey has had supporting roles in several big budget studio films, including You've Got Mail (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Laws of Attraction (2004), Blade: Trinity (2004) and Superman Returns, playing Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick.

Posey starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English. She was to feature in the John Waters film Fruitcake along with Johnny Knoxville. The film was to be set in her birth town of Baltimore. However, John Waters announced that he has canceled Fruitcake, saying "I can't get it made...I thought it would do well, but it's not. In this economy, I'm going to have to do a puppet show."

Other work

Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin as preparation for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003), a film in which she also sang. She used her vocal talents on several records of her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Adams. She also played the mandolin on The Dandy Warhols track "I Am Sound" from their Welcome to the Monkey House LP.


In 2012, Parker Posey was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.


Year Film Role Notes
1993Dazed and ConfusedDarla Marks
Joey Breaker Irene Kildare
The Wake Beachgoer uncredited
Description of a Struggle Wanda
1994Mixed NutsRollerblader
Amateur Girl Squatter
Opera No. 1 Fairy # 1 Short film
Iris Short film
Dead Connection Denise
Sleep With MeAthena
1995Party GirlMary
An Eviction Notice Short film
Drunks Debbie
The Doom GenerationBrandi
Kicking and ScreamingMiami
1997The House of Yes"Jackie-O" Pascal Sundance Film Festival Award for Special Recognition
Nominated "? Satellite Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
The DaytrippersJo Malone
Waiting for GuffmanLibby Mae Brown
ClockwatchersMargaret Burre
1998Henry FoolFay Grim
What Rats Won't Do Mirella Burton
You've Got MailPatricia Eden
The Misadventures of MargaretMargaret Nathan
1999Dinner at Fred'sCelia
The Venice Project Myra
Gushy Short film
2000Best in ShowMeg Swan
Scream 3Jennifer Jolie Nominated "? MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2001The Anniversary PartyJudy Adams
Josie and the PussycatsFiona
2002The Sweetest ThingJudy Webb
Personal VelocityGreta Nominated "? Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Nominated "? New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
2003A Mighty WindSissy Knox Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated "? Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
The EventNick
2004Blade: TrinityDanica Talos
The Sisters of Mercy Short film
Laws of AttractionSerena
2005Adam & SteveRhonda
2006For Your ConsiderationCallie Webb Nominated "? Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Fay GrimFay Grim Nominated "? Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
The OH in OhioPriscilla
Superman ReturnsKitty Kowalski Nominated "? Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2007Broken EnglishNora Wilder Nominated "? Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
2008The EyeHelen Wells
2009Spring BreakdownBeckyStraight to DVD
2010 Happy TearsJayne
2011Inside OutClaire Small
2012Price CheckSusan Felders
2012Hemingway & GellhornMary Welsh Hemingway
2013And Now a Word From Our SponsorKaren Hillridge


Year Film Role Notes
1991 First Love, Fatal Love
1991-92 As the World Turns Tess Shelby unknown episodes
1993 Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw
Tracey Ullman Takes On New York Libby
1998 More Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw
2000 Futurama Umbriel Episode: "The Deep South"
The Simpsons Becky Episode: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge"
2001 Further Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw
Will & Grace Dorleen Episode: "Loose Lips Sink Relationships"
Episode: "Jingle Balls"
2002 Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay Jinger Heath Nominated "? Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress " Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Frankenstein Detective Carson O'Conner
2006 Boston Legal Marlene Stanger Episode: "Squid Pro Quo"
Episode: "Spring Fever"
Episode: "BL: Los Angeles"
Episode: "Can't We All Get a Lung?"
2008 The Return of Jezebel James Sarah Tompkins
2009 Bored to Death Michelle Whiting Episode: "The Case of the Stolen Skateboard"
2011 Parks and Recreation Lindsey Carlyle-Shay Episode: "Eagleton"
2011 The Big C Poppy Kowalski Episode: "A Little Death"
Episode: "How Do You Feel?"
Episode: "The Darkest Day"
2011 The Good Wife Vanessa Gold Episode: "Affairs of State"
Episode: "Live from Damascus"
Episode: "Pants on Fire"
2012 Louie Liz Episode: "Daddy's Girlfriend Part 1"
Episode: "Daddy's Girlfriend Part 2"
Episode: "Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes"
Episode: "New Year's Eve"
2012 New Girl Casey Episode: "Re-Launch"

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