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Parker says she prefers stage to film

Parker says she prefers stage to film

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Mary Louise Parker told More magazine she would rather star in the play version of a work as opposed to the film adaptation.

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'30 Rock' nominated for 17 Emmys

'30 Rock' nominated for 17 Emmys

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- "30 Rock" was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards, including the one for outstanding comedy series, Thursday in Los Angeles.
Fishburne, Connick to present at Tonys

Fishburne, Connick to present at Tonys

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Actors Laurence Fishburne and Harry Connick Jr. have joined the lineup of presenters at the upcoming "62nd annual Tony Awards" show in New York, CBS said.
Parker, Morgan break off engagement

Parker, Morgan break off engagement

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- Mary-Louise Parker and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who are co-stars on the U.S. television comedy "Weeds," reportedly have broken off their real-life engagement.

Billie Piper stars in 'Call Girl' comedy

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- British actress Billie Piper will soon be seen on Showtime in the comedy series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl."
'Rock,' 'Betty,' 'Sopranos' lead SAG nods

'Rock,' 'Betty,' 'Sopranos' lead SAG nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. TV shows "30 Rock" and "Ugly Betty" were each nominated for three Screen Actors Guild awards, including the prize for best ensemble cast in a comedy.

Globes recognizes several new TV shows

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Quite a few new TV shows, including "Mad Men," "Damages," "Pushing Daisies" and "The Tudors," were recognized with Golden Globe nods Thursday in Hollywood.

Showtime plants fourth crop of 'Weeds'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Showtime has ordered a fourth season of its U.S. comedy series "Weeds," the Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

Stars line up for Shelly Foundation gala

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A foundation created to honor the memory of filmmaker Adrienne Shelly is planning an inaugural benefit in New York to help female writers and directors.

Pitt thinks Parker adoption a 'great idea'

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is applauding the decision of his co-star Mary-Louise Parker to adopt a baby girl from Africa.

Parker adopts baby girl from Africa

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. stage and television star Mary-Louise Parker has adopted a baby girl from Africa.

Beautiful night for Emmy winner Ferrera

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- America Ferrera picked up the trophy for best lead actress in a comedy at the 59th annual Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.
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Mary Louise Parker
Actress Mary-Louise Parker attends the CBS, CW and Showtime press tour party in Los Angeles on July 18, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Reece). .

Mary-Louise Parker (born August 2, 1964) is an American actress, known for her current lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin, for which she has received several nominations and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parker is also the recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress for the Broadway play Proof.

Parker was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the daughter of Caroline, who was of Swedish descent, and John Parker, a judge who served in the U.S. Army. Because of her father's career, Parker spent parts of her childhood in Tennessee and Texas, as well as internationally in Thailand, Germany and France. Parker majored in drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Parker got her start in a bit part on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. In the late 1980s, Parker moved to New York, where she got a job measuring feet at ECCO. After a few minor roles, she made her Broadway debut in a 1990 production of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss, playing the lead role of Rita. She moved with the production when it transferred from its origin Off-Broadway. She won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance and was nominated for a Tony Award (although she did not play the role when the film was made). Parker also briefly dated her co-star Timothy Hutton during this time.

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