Parker Posey

Parker Posey

Posey at Fox Upfronts in 2007
Born Parker Christian Posey
(1968-11-08) November 8, 1968
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1991–present

Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress and musician. Following her role in Richard Linklater's 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused, she became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films such as Party Girl (1995) and The House of Yes (1997) that gained her the nickname "Queen of the Indies".[1] She later played improvisational roles in Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006).[2] Her other film appearances include You've Got Mail (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Superman Returns (2006), and the Woody Allen films Irrational Man (2015) and Café Society (2016). On television, Posey has guest-starred in series such as Will & Grace, Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Louie, and Search Party.

Early life

Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynda (née Patton),[3][4] a chef, and Chris Posey, owner of a car 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, her family lived in Monroe, Louisiana for 11 years.[5] They later 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. Posey was raised as a Catholic.[6]



Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield[7] 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) with Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.[8] The film received favorable reviews from critics and has been identified as a cult classic. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly ranked the film #17 on their list of "The Top 50 Cult Films",[9] third on their list of the 50 Best High School Movies,[10] 10th on their "Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years" list,[11] and ranked it #6 on their "The Cult 25: The Essential Left-Field Movie Hits Since '83" list.[12]

In 1994, she appeared in Hal Hartley's short film Opera No. 1, with Adrienne Shelley. Throughout the late 1990s, Posey co-starred in 32 independent films and was nicknamed "Queen of the Indies".[1] These films include Personal Velocity, Basquiat, Clockwatchers, The Daytrippers, Party Girl and The House of Yes, for which she received positive reviews for her role as a delusional woman in love with her own brother.[13][14] In an interview in January 2012, Parker said that the unofficial title has sometimes been a hindrance:

I'm trying to work in studio movies, but they won't hire me. I get feedback from my agent saying, 'She's too much of an indie queen.' And then on the other side, my name doesn't get the financing to do a movie over $1 million. And I'm called 'the indie queen.' So it's really a challenging path because I know so much about the indie side of the business. Because I grew up in it... But it's different times. And this stuff gets projected onto me. People are like, 'You're here [at the Sundance film festival] every year, you do so many indie movies.' And I'm like, 'No, I did Broken English five years ago.'[15]
Posey exiting the premiere of the film Mascots at the Toronto International Film Festival

She has co-starred in Christopher Guest's films, including five of his mock documentaries, the first being Waiting for Guffman in 1996. In 1998, Posey appeared in Hartley's film Henry Fool, and the big budget studio film You've Got Mail.

In 2000, she starred in Guest's third mock documentary Best in Show, and in the big budget horror film Scream 3. Critical reaction to Posey's performance in the latter film was highly positive, and earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination. However, she lost to Adam Sandler, who won it for his performance in Big Daddy. The next year she played the antagonist in Josie and the Pussycats. From 2001-2002, she appeared in a supporting role in the popular NBC sitcom Will & Grace.

In 2003, she starred in Guest's A Mighty Wind. The next year she appeared in Sisters of Mercy, Laws of Attraction, and Blade: Trinity. Posey then co-starred in the 2005 film Adam & Steve.[16]

In 2006, Posey appeared in Superman Returns as Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick,[8] a character based on Eve Teschmacher from the 1978 film Superman. Posey was the only actress considered for the role.[17][18] Superman Returns was a box office success.[19] The film was also successful at the 33rd Saturn Awards, Posey, a few fellow cast members, and the visual effects department were all nominated.[20] Later the same year she played the title character in Fay Grim, the sequel to Henry Fool, and appeared in For Your Consideration.

In 2007, Posey was cast in the lead role on the TV series The Return of Jezebel James.[21] The show was originally given 13 episodes, but, the show was cut to seven episodes in anticipation of the pending writers strike.[22][23] It premiered on the Fox television network in 2008 as a mid-season replacement. However, the show was officially canceled after the third episode aired due to unacceptably low ratings.[24] She starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English.[25] Broken English screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.[26] It was also entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[27] The film was nominated at the 23rd Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Screenplay and Posey was nominated for Best Female Lead.[28] She was set to co-star in John Waters' film Fruitcake with Johnny Knoxville. The film was to be set in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.[29] However, 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."[30]

In 2012, Posey starred in four episodes of the third season of Louie as Liz, Louis C.K.'s love interest. She received positive reviews for her stint on the show. The website Vulture stated "Posey is superb in a brilliantly written role."[31] Lindsay Bahr of Entertainment Weekly said "Posey used her arsenal of talent and the material written and directed by C.K. to bring Liz to life".[32] Andy Greenwald of GrantLand felt Posey was "funny, engaging, and breathless", and went on to call Posey "one of the most gifted actors alive".[33] Later the same year she was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

Posey appeared in Ned Rifle, the third and final film in Hartley's Henry Fool trilogy, again reprising her role of Fay Grim.[34] On November 6, 2013, Hartley launched a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to produce the film, netting a total of $384,000. Posey, Liam Aiken, James Urbaniak, and Thomas Jay Ryan, as well as some crew members, appeared in several videos promoting the campaign.[35] The film premiered on September 7, 2014 at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[36] It was also screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2015.[37]

In July 2014, it was announced that Posey had signed on to co-star in Woody Allen's mystery drama Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Jamie Blackley.[38] The film had its world premiere on May 16, 2015, at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[39][40] In July 2015, Parker revealed that before being cast in the film, she had considered quitting acting, as she feared that she "saw the independent film movement go away from me... it's a world market now. They're made from real star power. Whoever's hot at the moment." When Allen cast her, she cried, as "the independent film way of working is something that was in my bones. It's like being a part of a punk band but no one’s singing punk rock anymore. Only a few bands are able to play, and Woody Allen is one of them. That's why I cried. It was a relief."[41]

In 2018, she will appear as Dr. Smith in Lost in Space, the Netflix remake of the 1965 TV series.[42]

Stage and music

Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin to prepare for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003),[8] a film in which she also sang. She provided vocals on several of her ex-boyfriend Ryan Adams' records. She also played the mandolin on The Dandy Warhols track "I Am Sound" from their Welcome to the Monkey House LP.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Joey Breaker Irene Kildare
1993 The Wake Beachgoer uncredited
1993 Description of a Struggle Wanda
1993 Dazed and ConfusedDarla Marks
1994Mixed NutsRollerblader
1994 Amateur Girl Squatter
1994 Opera No. 1 Fairy # 1 Short film
1994 Iris Short film
1994 Final Combination Denise
1994 Sleep with MeAthena
1995Party GirlMary
1995 An Eviction Notice Short film
1995 Drunks Debbie
1995 FlirtEmily
1995 The Doom GenerationBrandi
1996 Kicking and ScreamingMiami
1996 subUrbiaErica
1996 BasquiatMary Boone
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
1997 The DaytrippersJo Malone
1997 Waiting for GuffmanLibby Mae Brown
1997 ClockwatchersMargaret Burre
1998Henry FoolFay Grim
1998What Rats Won't Do Mirella Burton
1998 You've Got MailPatricia Eden
1998 The Misadventures of MargaretMargaret Nathan
1999Dinner at Fred'sCelia
1999 The Venice Project Myra
1999 Gunshy Short film
2000Best in ShowMeg Swan
2000 Scream 3Jennifer Jolie Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2001The Anniversary PartyJudy Adams
2001 Josie and the PussycatsFiona
2002The Sweetest ThingJudy Webb
2002 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
2003 The EventNick
2004Blade: TrinityDanica Talos
2004 The Sisters of Mercy Short film
2004 Laws of AttractionSerena Jamison
2005 Adam & SteveRhonda
2006 For Your ConsiderationCallie Webb Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006 Fay GrimFay Grim
2006 The OH in OhioPriscilla Chase
2006 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 BreakdownBecky St. GermaineDirect-to-DVD
2010 Happy TearsJayne
2011 Inside OutClaire Small
2011 The Love GuideAngelica Lovecraft
2012Price CheckSusan Felders
2013 Highland Park Shirley Paine
2013 HairBrainedShelia Pettifog
2013 And Now a Word From Our SponsorKaren Hillridge
2014Grace of MonacoMadge Tivey-Faucon
2014 Ned RifleFay Grim
2015Irrational ManRita Richards
2016 Café Society Rad
2016 Mascots Cindi Babineaux
2016 The Brits Are Coming Gina Post-production
2016 The Architect Drew


Year Film Role Notes
1991 First Love, Fatal Love Television film
1991–1992 As the World Turns Tess Shelby Soap opera
1993 Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw 4 episodes
1993 Tracey Ullman Takes On New York Libby TV Special
1998 More Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw Episode "1.1"
2000 Futurama Umbriel (voice) Episode: "The Deep South"
2000 The Simpsons Becky (voice) Episode: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge"
2001 Further Tales of the City Connie Bradshaw 3 episodes
2001 Will & Grace Dorleen 2 episodes
2002 Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay Jinger Heath Television film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Frankenstein Detective Carson O'Conner Television film
2006 Boston Legal Marlene Stanger 4 episodes
2008 The Return of Jezebel James Sarah Tompkins 7 episodes
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 3 episodes
2011–2012 The Good Wife Vanessa Gold 3 episodes
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Mary Welsh Hemingway Television film
2012 Louie Liz 4 episodes
2012 New Girl Casey Episode: "Re-Launch"
2014 Inside Amy Schumer Parker Posey Episode: "Allergic to Nuts"
2015 Portlandia Episode: "Fashion"
2015 Granite Flats Alice White 8 episodes
2015 Drunk History Mary Phelps Jacob Episode: "Inventors"
2016 Skylanders Academy Dreamcatcher Episode: "Dream Girls"
2016 Search Party Brick Recurring


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