Parker Posey –

Posey in Spring Breakdown.

About Parker Posey (1968 – ____)

Parker Christian Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynda (née Patton), 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. 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. Posey was raised as a Catholic.

Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield 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. 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", third on their list of the 50 Best High School Movies, 10th on their "Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years" list, and ranked it #6 on their "The Cult 25: The Essential Left-Field Movie Hits Since '83" list.

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". 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.

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.

In 2006, Posey appeared in Superman Returns as Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick, a character based on Eve Teschmacher from the 1978 film Superman. Posey was the only actress considered for the role. Superman Returns was a box office success. The film was also successful at the 33rd Saturn Awards, Posey, a few fellow cast members, and the visual effects department were all nominated. 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. The show was originally given 13 episodes, but, the show was cut to seven episodes in anticipation of the pending writers strike. 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. She starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English. Broken English screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. It was also entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival. The film was nominated at the 23rd Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Screenplay and Posey was nominated for Best Female Lead. 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. 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."

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." 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". Andy Greenwald of GrantLand felt Posey was "funny, engaging, and breathless", and went on to call Posey "one of the most gifted actors alive". 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. 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. The film premiered on September 7, 2014 at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2015.

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. The film had its world premiere on May 16, 2015, at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. 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."

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

Posey made her stage debut in 2001. She learned to play the mandolin to prepare for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003), 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.

Parker Posey's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1993Joey BreakerIrene Kildare
1993The WakeBeachgoer
1993Description of a StruggleWanda
1993Dazed and ConfusedDarla Marks
1994Mixed NutsRollerblader
1994AmateurGirl Squatter
1994Opera No. 1Fairy # 1
1994Final CombinationDenise
1994Sleep with MeAthena
1995Party GirlMary
1995An Eviction Notice
1995The Doom GenerationBrandi
1996Kicking and ScreamingMiami
1996BasquiatMary Boone
1997The House of Yes"Jackie-O" Pascal
1997The DaytrippersJo Malone
1997Waiting for GuffmanLibby Mae Brown
1997ClockwatchersMargaret Burre
1998Henry FoolFay Grim
1998What Rats Won't DoMirella Burton
1998You've Got MailPatricia Eden
1998The Misadventures of MargaretMargaret Nathan
1999Dinner at Fred'sCelia
1999The Venice ProjectMyra
2000Best in ShowMeg Swan
2000Scream 3Jennifer Jolie
2001The Anniversary PartyJudy Adams
2001Josie and the PussycatsFiona
2002The Sweetest ThingJudy Webb
2002Personal VelocityGreta
2003A Mighty WindSissy Knox
2003The EventNick
2004Blade: TrinityDanica Talos
2004The Sisters of Mercy
2004Laws of AttractionSerena Jamison
2005Adam & SteveRhonda
2006For Your ConsiderationCallie Webb
2006Fay GrimFay Grim
2006The OH in OhioPriscilla Chase
2006Superman ReturnsKitty Kowalski
2007Broken EnglishNora Wilder
2008The EyeHelen Wells
2009Spring BreakdownBecky St. Germaine
2010Happy TearsJayne
2011Inside OutClaire Small
2011The Love GuideAngelica Lovecraft
2012Price CheckSusan Felders
2013Highland ParkShirley Paine
2013HairBrainedShelia Pettifog
2013And Now a Word From Our SponsorKaren Hillridge
2014Grace of MonacoMadge Tivey-Faucon
2014Ned RifleFay Grim
2015Irrational ManRita Richards
2016Café SocietyRad
2016The ArchitectDrew
2016MascotsCindi Babineaux
2017The Brits Are ComingGina

Parker Posey's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1991First Love, Fatal Love
1991–1992As the World TurnsTess Shelby
1993Tales of the CityConnie Bradshaw
1993Tracey Ullman Takes On New YorkLibby
1998More Tales of the CityConnie Bradshaw
2000FuturamaUmbriel (voice)
2000The SimpsonsBecky (voice)
2001Further Tales of the CityConnie Bradshaw
2001Will & GraceDorleen
2002Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary KayJinger Heath
2004FrankensteinDetective Carson O'Conner
2006Boston LegalMarlene Stanger
2008The Return of Jezebel JamesSarah Tompkins
2009Bored to DeathMichelle Whiting
2011Parks and RecreationLindsey Carlyle-Shay
2011The Big CPoppy Kowalski
2011–2012The Good WifeVanessa Gold
2012Hemingway & GellhornMary Welsh Hemingway
2012New GirlCasey
2014Inside Amy SchumerParker Posey
2015Granite FlatsAlice White
2015Drunk HistoryMary Phelps Jacob
2016Skylanders AcademyDreamcatcher (voice)
2016Search PartyBrick
2018Lost in SpaceDr. Smith

Memorable Quotes by Parker Posey

“ 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.' ”

“ I think that the past fifteen years--where women have gone to work and left the men--the baby boomers who are now in Hollywood and control a lot of the money are upset that the wives have gone or mommies gone off to work. There are all these scripts where the women, if they're working, are prostitutes and lawyers with an angry streak who'll kill you. It's a reaction to women leaving their men and men being angry about it and saying it on some subconscious level. ”

“ I'm the character actor in Hollywood movies, the girl who has to be annoying so the guy can go to the other girl. ”

“ Being an indie queen, people think I have all these choices. Like I've just been sitting around waiting for the best indie film that I deem acceptable. There are a lot of independent films I've wanted to do that I haven't been cast in. ”

[on if independent film or film in general is evolving to something better] “ It has to. I think people are upset. I don't want my movie to be judged on how much money it makes. This is a great country. Where are those values of those pioneers? Where are those values? They aren't in the film industry anymore. Where's the responsibility? The arts aren't subsidized. You see what the culture focuses on and it's disturbing. ”

“ People are like, 'You're here every year, you do so many indie movies.' And I'm like, 'No, I did Broken English (2007) five years ago.' It's just not the same. Our culture's not the same. Independent film and the way people go to the movies in the theater. Maybe it got oversaturated. I don't know... ”

Things You May Not Know About Parker Posey

Against the wishes of her management, she accepted two supporting roles right after the unexpected success of Party Girl.

She has a twin brother, Chris, who practices law in Atlanta.

She is named after the 1950s model Suzy Parker.

She is named "Queen of Indies" by 'Time' magazine since she has appeared in some 30 films since 1994, most of them low-budget independent movies.

She learned to play the mandolin for her role in the Christopher Guest film, A Mighty Wind.

She is an accomplished mime.

Parker Posey in And Now a Word From Our Sponsor (2013)... top
and bottom pictures with Bruce Greenwood... second picture with Callum Blue...
Posey and Michael Hitchcock in Best In Show (2000).
With Dominic Purcell in Blade: Trinity (2004).
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Posey in Broken English (2007)... top picture with Melvil Poupaud... second picture
with Drea de Matteo... third picture with Gena Rowlands... fourth and sixth
pictures with Justin Theroux... fifth picture with Zoe R. Cassavetes and Justin Theroux.
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In Fay Grim (2006)... second picture with Jeff Goldblum... third picture with Liam Aiken.
With Catherine O'Hara, Christopher Moynihan, and Harry
Shearer in For Your Consideration (2006).
In Frankenstein (2004).
With J.K. Simmons, Eli Baker, and Ava Deluca-Verley in Growing Up Fisher (2014).
In Happy Tears (2009)... second picture with Demi Moore... third picture
with Christian Camargo... fourth picture with Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin.
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With Amy Schumer in Inside Amy Schumer (2013).
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In Woody Allen's Irrational Man (2015)... top picture with
Emma Stone... bottom two pictures with Joaquin Phoenix.
As Fiona in Josie and the Pussycats (2001).
In Kicking and Screaming (1995).
With Louis C.K. in Louie (2010).
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In New Girl (2011).
With Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, and
Aubrey Plaza in Parks and Recreation (2009).
Posey in Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)... top picture with Tim Guinee.
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In Price Check (2012)... second picture with Eric Mabius.
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In Scream 3 (2000)... top picture with David Arquette and
Courteney Cox... bottom picture with Courteney Cox.
In Spring Breakdown (2009)... top picture with Jane Lynch... second picture with Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler... third picture with Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, and Amber Tamblyn... fourth picture with Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, and Missi Pyle... bottom picture with Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler.
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Posey in Superman Returns (2006)... top picture with Kevin Spacey, David Fabrizio, Kal Penn, Ian Roberts, and Vincent Stone... third picture with Kevin Spacey, Kal Penn, Ian Roberts, and Vincent Stone... fourth picture with Kevin Spacey.
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In The Architect (2016)... top picture with Eric McCormack and Dana Millican... second picture with John Carroll Lynch, Eric McCormack, and Michael Panes... third picture with James Frain... bottom picture with Eric McCormack and James Frain.
With Gabriel Basso in The Big C (2010).
With Liev Schreiber and Hope Davis in The Daytrippers (1996).
With Jessica Alba in The Eye (2008).
With Alan Cumming in The Good Wife (2009).
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Posey in the dark comedy The House of Yes (1997)... top picture with
Josh Hamilton... third picture with Hamilton and Tori Spelling... fourth
picture with Spelling, Hamilton, and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Posey and Liza Minnelli in The Oh in Ohio (2006).
In The Return of Jezebel (2008)... top picture with Michael Arden...
bottom picture with Arden, Lauren Ambrose, Scott Cohen, and Ron McLarty.
With Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy,
and Fred Willard in Waiting For Guffman (1996).
Parker Posey and Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail (1998).