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Parker Posey

Highest Rated:   100% Columbus (2017)
Lowest Rated:   7% Mixed Nuts (1994)
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Birthplace:   Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Displaying an off-kilter beauty and an ability to embrace the comically bizarre, Parker Posey has been repeatedly referred to as "The Queen of the Indies." Following her indie debut in Richard Linklater's 1993 Dazed and Confused, Posey went on to star in no less than 15 independent features over the next five years, proving time and again how worthy she was of her royal title.Born in Baltimore on November 8, 1968, Posey was named after '50s model and sometimes-actress Suzy Parker. At the age of 12, she moved with her parents and twin brother to Laurel, MS, where her father owned a Chevrolet dealership. After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, Posey enrolled at S.U.N.Y. Purchase, where she studied acting and roomed with future ER doctor Sherry Stringfield. She dropped out just three weeks before graduation when opportunity came knocking in the form of a role on As the World Turns. As bad girl Tess Shelby, Posey stayed with the show from 1991 until 1992. The following year, Posey crossed over to celluloid with roles in three movies. Two of these, The Coneheads and Joey Breaker, featured the actress as little more than a glorified extra, but the third, Linklater's Dazed and Confused, allowed Posey to make a distinct impression. As cheerleader Darla, she used her relatively brief screen time to display the nastier side of teen popularity. She played a similar character the same year on the small screen, taking a memorable turn as ex-pep queen turned good-time girl Connie Bradshaw in PBS' Tales of the City (she would later reprise the role for More Tales of the City in 1998).Following secondary to miniscule parts in films like Sleep With Me, Amateur, and Mixed Nuts (all 1994), Posey had her breakthrough role as the titular heroine of Daisy von Scherler Mayer's Party Girl in 1995. She caused an art-house sensation with her portrayal of Mary, a downtown diva forced to take a day job as a librarian and began to ascend the ranks of indie royalty. Appearances in Hal Hartley's Flirt, Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation, and Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming the same year further enhanced her reputation. Posey's work over the next two years reads like a Sundance Film Festival program: in 1996, she could be seen as a Dairy Queen waitress in the ensemble-driven Waiting for Guffman, famed gallery owner Mary Boone in Basquiat, and Hope Davis' sister in The Daytrippers. In 1997, Posey starred in no less than five independent films, including Henry Fool, her third Hartley outing; the temps-in-hell comedy drama Clockwatchers; Linklater's adaptation of Eric Bogosian's SubUrbia; and The House of Yes. For this last film, Posey garnered particular acclaim as the film's fabulously demented focal point. She shined as a young woman obsessed with both Jackie Onassis and her own twin brother (Josh Hamilton). Her performance, which perfectly displayed the hyperkinetic comic energy and sardonic wit that came to characterize many of the actress' portrayals, won her a "special recognition for acting" at Sundance that year.The year 1998 brought more independent work in the form of The Misadventures of Margaret, a romantic comedy in which Posey had the title role and a foray into mainstream features with a turn as Tom Hanks' book-editor girlfriend in Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail. The following year, she took another stab, so to speak, at mainstream fare with a part in Wes Craven's third installment of his Scream series, the aptly titled Scream 3. Though she wasn't necessarily known as a "method" actress to this point, Posey actually had real braces installed for her subsequent role in Waiting for Guffman and director Christopher Guest's popular dog show comedy Best in Show. Cast as the better half of a neurotic, hypertensive couple who will stop at nothing to see their pet win the number-one spot in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, Posey nearly stole the show with her hysterical, shrieking performance. Best in Show was immediately embraced

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Columbus
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Columbus
  • Actor
2017
71% Café Society
  • Rad Taylor
$11.1M 2016
51% Mascots
  • Cindi Babineaux
2016
44% Irrational Man
  • Rita
2015
80% Ned Rifle
  • Fay
2015
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater
  • Actor
2014
11% Grace Of Monaco
  • Madge
$0.7M 2014
24% HairBrained
  • Sheila Pettifog
2014
11% And Now A Word From Our Sponsor
  • Karen Hillridge
2013
No Score Yet Highland Park
  • Shirley Paine
2013
56% Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Mary Welsh Hemingway
2012
No Score Yet Grab
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Love Guide
  • Angela Lovecraft
2011
28% Happy Tears
  • Jayne
2010
60% Spring Breakdown
  • Becky
2009
22% The Eye
  • Helen Wells
$31.4M 2008
64% Broken English
  • Nora Wilder
$0.9M 2007
44% Fay Grim
  • Fay Grim
$62.3k 2007
No Score Yet The Architect
  • Drew
2006
51% For Your Consideration
  • Callie Webb
$5.5M 2006
22% The Oh in Ohio
  • Priscilla Chase
2006
76% Superman Returns
  • Kitty Kowalski
$200.2M 2006
No Score Yet Meet the Santas
  • Poppy Frost
2005
55% Adam & Steve
  • Rhonda
$0.2M 2005
25% Blade: Trinity
  • Danica Talos
$52.5M 2004
17% Laws of Attraction
  • Serena
$17.9M 2004
No Score Yet Frankenstein
  • Carson O'Conner
2004
No Score Yet In the Company of Women
  • Actor
2004
42% The Event
  • Nick
2003
88% A Mighty Wind
  • Sissy Knox
$17.5M 2003
No Score Yet Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay
  • Jinger Heath
2002
26% The Sweetest Thing
  • Judy Webb
$24.5M 2002
69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
  • Greta Herskowitz
$0.7M 2002
60% The Anniversary Party
  • Judy Adams
$3M 2001
53% Josie and the Pussycats
  • Fiona
$14.2M 2001
95% Best in Show
  • Meg
$16.6M 2000
36% Scream 3
  • Jennifer
2000
No Score Yet Dinner at Fred's
  • Celia
1999
No Score Yet Misadventures of Margaret
  • Margaret Nathan
1998
69% You've Got Mail
  • Patricia
1998
89% Henry Fool
  • Fay
1998
83% Clockwatchers
  • Margaret
1998
No Score Yet Independent's Day
  • Actor
1998
62% The House of Yes
  • Jackie-O
1997
74% The Daytrippers
  • Jo Malone
1997
64% Suburbia
  • Erica
1997
91% Waiting for Guffman
  • Libby Mae Brown
1996
70% Basquiat
  • Mary Boone
1996
80% Flirt
  • Emily
1996
No Score Yet Frisk
  • Ferguson
1996
47% The Doom Generation
  • Brandi
1995
53% Kicking and Screaming
  • Miami
1995
77% Party Girl
  • Mary
1995
75% Amateur
  • Girl Squatter
1995
50% Drunks
  • Debbie
1995
7% Mixed Nuts
  • Rollerblader
1994
15% Sleep with Me
  • Athena
1994
No Score Yet Iris
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Dead Connection
  • Denise
1994
94% Dazed and Confused
  • Darla Marks
1993
33% Coneheads
  • Stephanie
1993
No Score Yet Joey Breaker
  • Irene Kildare
1993

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2015
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Liz
  • 2012
93% New Girl
2011
  • Casey
  • 2012
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Vanessa Gold
  • 2012
  • 2011
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • Poppy Poppy Kowalsk
  • 2011
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Actor
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Allison Whiting
  • 2009
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Marlene Stanger
  • 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Dorleen
  • 2001
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2000

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