Biography

An actress with uncommon depth and effortless style, Sarah Jessica Parker continues to build upon a versatile career in film, television and on stage, which has remarkably spanned over twenty years.

Parker received recognition for her role as Carrie Bradshaw when she was awarded a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in 2000, 2001, and 2002 as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2001. Parker has also been honored with four Emmy® nominations. The show which received the Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row in 2000, 2001, and 2002 was also honored with an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2001. In addition to her starring role, Parker is also an executive producer on the show.

Parker was last seen in David Mamet’s satirical comedy, “State and Main.” Starring with Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy, Charles Durning and Patti LuPone, the film follows the experiences of a film crew making a movie in rural New England. To the cast and crew’s surprise, the townspeople prove to be unusually movie savvy or get that way very quickly. Parker plays the lead actress opposed to baring her body in the critically acclaimed film.

Some of Parker’s latest screen ventures include Hugh Wilson’s live action version of Jay Ward’s 1960’s classic cartoon, “Dudley Do-Right” opposite Brendan Fraser and Alfred Molina; Paramount’s “Til There Was You” opposite Dylan Mc Dermott and Jeanne Tripplehorn, directed by Scott Winant; Alongside Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close and Danny De Vito in Warner Brothers’ “Mars Attacks,” directed by Tim Burton; Simian Films “Extreme Measures,” directed by Michael Apted with Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman; TriStar’s “If Lucy Fell,” directed by and co-starring Eric Shaeffer along with Ben Stiller and Elle Macpherson; Paramount’s “The First Wives Club”, directed by Hugh Wilson with Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn; Miramax’s “Substance of Fire,” directed by Daniel J. Sullivan, in which she recreated her off-Broadway role from the Jon Robin Baitz play; and Disney’s hit comedy “Miami Rhapsody,” directed by David Frankel with Antonio Banderas and Mia Farrow.

Other starring roles include her portrayal of the actress of dubious talent, Delores Fuller in Touchstone’s “Ed Wood,” directed by Tim Burton and co-starring Johnny Depp; Disney’s “Hocus Pocus,” directed by Kenny Ortega with Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy; and Columbia Pictures “Striking Distance,” directed by Rowdy Herrington, opposite Bruce Willis. She starred opposite Nicholas Cage in New Line’s hit comedy “Honeymoon in Vegas,” directed by Andrew Bergman, but Parker’s breakthrough role was SanDeE* in TriStar’s “LA Story” opposite Steve Martin. Parker’s early motion picture roles include “Flight of the Navigator”, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “Footloose,” directed by Herb Ross with Kevin Bacon; Paramount’s “First Born,” directed by Michael Apted with Teri Garr and Peter Weller; “Somewhere Tomorrow,” directed by Robert Wiemer and United Artists’ “Rich Kids,” directed by Robert M. Young with John Lithgow.

Parker first gained recognition in the popular CBS series “Square Pegs,” which still runs in syndication. Her other television credits include the NBC movie of the week “In the Interest of the Children,” “The Ryan White Story,” “Dadah is Death”; NBC’s critically acclaimed “A Year in the Life” series and mini-series; “Twist of Fate” and the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of “The Room Upstairs.”

Parker has had a successful career on stage as well. Parker starred in David Lindsay-Abaire’s sold out run of the quirky comedy “Wonder of the World” at New York’s Manhattan Theater Club for which she received a Drama Desk nomination. She also performed in a successful six month run in the Tony nominated Broadway production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” This followed her critically acclaimed performance with Matthew Broderick in “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Prior to these productions, she dazzled audiences in A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” which also had a sold out run in New York’s Manhattan Theater Club. She appeared in “The Innocents” on Broadway, directed by Harold Pinter, co-starring Claire Bloom. She also appeared in the Off-Broadway play “By Strouse,” which garnered her the role of Annie where she starred on Broadway for two years.

Additional stage productions include rave reviews for her work in the Off-Broadway production of “The Heidi Chronicles,” a Wendy Wasserstein play; “Wrestlers,” directed by Burt Reynolds; and the Ensemble Studio Theater’s One Act Marathon of “April Snow,” with Harris Yulin and Lois Smith.

Born in Nelsonville, Ohio and raised in Cincinnati, she appeared in her first television special, “The Little Match Girl,” at age eight. She studied ballet with the Cincinnati Ballet and American Ballet Theater and singing with the Metropolitan Opera.

In December 2005, Parker appeared in her first theatrical film in several years, “The Family Stone”; she received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress – Comedy for the role. Her next film, the romantic comedy “Failure to Launch”, co-starring Matthew McConaughey, was released on March 10, 2006 and opened at #1 in the North American box office, grossing slightly over $24 million in its opening weekend, despite mediocre reviews. Parker’s work as a producer continues with the independent film Spinning Into Butter, based on the Rebecca Gilman play scheduled for a 2006 release, which she will also star in. Sarah was initially set to star in “Vacancy”, along with her co-star from “The Family Stone”, Luke Wilson, but she dropped out in favor of other projects. Kate Beckinsale later won the role.

In May 2008 Sarah reprised her role as Carrie Bradshaw in the much anticipated “Sex and the City” movie. The film was released on May 30, 2008. A sequel to the movie, Sex and the City 2, was released in 2010.

Currently, she is the National Ambassador for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and was awarded the 1995 American Civil Liberties Union Award.

Parker currently resides in New York with her husband, actor Matthew Broderick.

Biography Written by HBO.com | Updated and revised by SarahJParker.com

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