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  • Real name : Parker Christian Posey
  • Place of birth : Baltimore
  • Date of birth : 08/11/1968

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  • Missy
  • Posey Parker
  • Queen of the Indies

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Parker Posey (1968)

Parker Christian Posey

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Parker Christian Posey is an American actress. She became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in several well-received independent films. As a result, she has often been referred to as the "Queen of the Indies".

  Biography  

 early life
Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the daughter of Lynda , 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 supermodel 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, 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 made her first break in television when she won 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 , a cult classic featuring Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.

Throughout the late 1990s, Posey starred in 32 independent films and was named "Queen of the Indies". These films include Personal Velocity, Clockwatchers, 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 is also a favorite of director Hal Hartley. She appeared in Henry Fool , two of his shorts, Opera No. 1 , Sisters of Mercy , and his most recent film, Fay Grim . 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 , Scream 3 , Josie and the Pussycats , Laws of Attraction , Blade: Trinity and Superman Returns, playing Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick.

Posey 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 cancelled 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."

 television work
Posey has appeared in several television projects:
  • Three television miniseries adaptations of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels. Her character, Connie, plays a small but key role in all of the highly-acclaimed productions.
  • In 2000, voice of Umbriel the mermaid in the Futurama episode "The Deep South."
  • In 2000, voice of Becky in an episode of The Simpsons titled "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge."
  • Two episodes on the television series Will & Grace, as Dorleen, Jack's high-maintenance boss at Barneys New York.
  • Season One finale of Project Runway in 2005. She was a spectator at New York Fashion Week and was a judge alongside Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and Heidi Klum.
  • In 2006, guest-starred as the ambitious, back-stabbing lawyer Marlene "The Squid" Stanger on Boston Legal.
  • In March 2008, headlined the quickly-cancelled Fox series The Return of Jezebel James.
  • In October 2009, guest-starred as Jason Schwartzman's love interest in the HBO series Bored to Death.
  • In May 2011, guest-starred as Amy Poehler's nemesis in the NBC series Parks and Recreation.
  • In August 2011, appeared in a recurring arc on Laura Linney's Showtime series The Big C.
  • In October 2011, appeared as the ex-wife of Alan Cumming's character, Eli Gold, on The Good Wife.

 other work
Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin as preparation for her role in A Mighty Wind , 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.

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