Parker Posey

An eccentric, dark-haired actress best known for her work in 1990s independent films, Parker Posey trained at SUNY Purchase before spending over a year (1991-92) playing Tess Shelby, a bratty teen on the long-running ... Read more »
Born: 11/07/1968 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Actor (89)

Irrational Man 2015 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Ned Rifle 2015 (Movie)

Fay Grim (Actor)

Portlandia 2015 (Tv Show)


21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)


Grace of Monaco 2014 (Movie)

Madge Tivey-Faucon (Actor)

HairBrained 2014 (Movie)

Sheila Pettifog (Actor)

Highland Park 2014 (Movie)

Shirley Paine (Actor)

Inside Amy Schumer 2014 (Tv Show)


The Architect 2014 (Movie)

Drew Stone (Actor)

And Now a Word From Our Sponsor 2013 (Movie)

Karen Hillridge (Actor)

Louie 2012 (Tv Show)


New Girl 2012 (Tv Show)


Price Check 2012 (Movie)

Susan Felders (Actor)

The Good Wife 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)


Inside Out 2011 (Movie)

Claire Small (Actor)

Parks and Recreation 2011 (Tv Show)


The Big C 2011 (Tv Show)


The Love Guide 2011 (Movie)

Angelica Lovecraft (Actor)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)


Grab 2010 (Movie)


Happy Tears 2010 (Movie)

Jayne (Actor)

Bored to Death 2009 (Tv Show)


The Eye 2008 (Movie)

Helen Wells (Actor)

The Return of Jezebel James 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Broken English 2007 (Movie)

Nora Wilder (Actor)

Fay Grim 2007 (Movie)

Fay Grim (Actor)

Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

Becky St Germaine (Actor)

Adam & Steve 2006 (Movie)

Rhonda (Actor)

Boston Legal 2006 (Tv Show)


For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Callie Webb (Actor)

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

Kitty Kowalski (Actor)

The Oh in Ohio 2006 (Movie)

Priscilla Chase (Actor)

Family Guy 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)


Frankenstein 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Project Runway 2005 (Tv Show)


The Simpsons 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)


Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

Danica Talos (Actor)

Laws of Attraction 2004 (Movie)

Serena (Actor)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Sissy Knox (Actor)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)


The Event 2003 (Movie)

District Attorney Nicole DeVivo (Actor)

The Isaac Mizrahi Show 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)


Will & Grace 2001, 2003 (Tv Show)


Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)

Greta (Actor)

The Sweetest Thing 2002 (Movie)

Judy Webb (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Josie and the Pussycats 2001 (Movie)

Fiona (Actor)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

Judy Adams (Actor)

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

Meg Swan (Actor)

Futurama 2000 (Tv Show)


Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

Jennifer Jolie (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Clockwatchers 1998 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Dinner at Fred's 1998 (Movie)

Celia (Actor)

Gunshy 1998 (Movie)


Henry Fool 1998 (Movie)

Fay (Actor)

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Myra (Actor)

What Rats Won't Do 1998 (Movie)

Mirella (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Patricia Eden (Actor)

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


House of Yes 1997 (Movie)

Jackie-O (Actor)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

Erica (Actor)

The Daytrippers 1997 (Movie)

Jo Malone - Eliza's Sister (Actor)

The Misadventures of Margaret 1997 (Movie)

Margaret Nathan (Actor)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

Libby May Brown (Actor)

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Mary Boone (Actor)

Flirt 1996 (Movie)

Emily--Bill's Girlfriend (Actor)

Frisk 1996 (Movie)

Ferguson (Actor)

Independent's Day 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Amateur 1995 (Movie)

Girl Squatter (Actor)

In a New Light: Sex Unplugged 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Kicking and Screaming 1995 (Movie)

Miami (Actor)

Party Girl 1995 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The Doom Generation 1995 (Movie)

Brandi (Actor)

An Eviction Notice 1994 (Movie)


Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Dead Connection 1994 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

Mixed Nuts 1994 (Movie)

Rollerblader (Actor)

Sleep With Me 1994 (Movie)

Athena (Actor)

Tracey Ullman Takes on New York 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Dazed and Confused 1993 (Movie)

Darla (Actor)

Joey Breaker 1993 (Movie)

Irene Kildare (Actor)

Flirt 1992 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Frankenstein (Movie)

Carson O'Connor (Actor)

Fruitcake (Movie)


Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

Music (3)

Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

("True Colors") (Song Performer)

Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

("Hold On") (Song)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

("The Purim Song") (Song Performer)


An eccentric, dark-haired actress best known for her work in 1990s independent films, Parker Posey trained at SUNY Purchase before spending over a year (1991-92) playing Tess Shelby, a bratty teen on the long-running CBS daytime soap "As the World Turns. " Named after 50s model Suzy Parker, she entered features in 1993 with "J y Breaker," a low-rent version of "The Player," and followed with small roles in "Coneheads" and "Dazed and Confused" (both 1993), Richard Linklater's personal ode to youth. In the latter, Posey embodied every freshman girl's nightmare: the fascistic senior.


Ryan Adams Song

Dated for a few years Split 2005

Bob Gosse Song

Met when both attended SUNY Purchase Together from 1991-96 No longer together

Tony Pemberton Song

Dated in college No longer together

Chris Posey


Lynda Posey


Chris Posey

Born Nov. 8, 1968; fraternal twin

Stuart Townsend Actor

Dated from 1998 to summer 1999 No longer together


State University of New York, Purchase

Purchase , New York 1987 - 1991
Received job offer for "As the World Turns" during senior year

North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem , North Carolina
Attended a summer program; Posey originally wanted to attend to study ballet but failed to qualify



Cast as Louis C.K.'s girlfriend on FX comedy "Louie"


Portrayed Hemingway's fourth wife Mary in the HBO film "Hemingway & Gellhorn"


Guest starred on Showtime's "The Big C" and the CBS drama "The Good Wife"


Teamed up with Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch in the comedy feature "Spring Breakdown"


Co-starred with Jessica Alba in the supernatural thriller "The Eye"


Starred in Zoe Cassavetes' directorial debut "Broken English"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actress


Played a single mom thrown into a world of international espionage in "Fay Grim," Hal Hartley's sequel to his 1997 film "Henry Fool"


Reunited with director Christopher Guest to play an actress in "For Your Consideration"


Cast as Kitty Koslowski, Lex Luthor's villainous henchwoman in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns"


Played a woman divorcing her rock star husband (Michael Sheen) in the romantic comedy "The Laws of Attraction"


Played ruthless villain Danica Talos in "Blade: Trinity"


Starred in the Independent feature "The Event"


Played supporting role opposite Cameron Diaz in "The Sweetest Thing"


Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick and Fairuza Balk in Rebecca Miller's "Personal Velocity"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actress


Starred as an assistant D.A. uncovering an AIDS-related mystery in "The Event"


Co-starred in "Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress


Appeared in teen flick "Josie and the Pussycats"


Played a neurotic wife in "The Anniversary Party"


Made Broadway debut opposite Matthew Broderick in the Elaine May comedy "Taller Than a Dwarf"


Gave memorable comedic performance in "Scream 3"


Featured in Christopher Guest's award-winning comedy "Best in Show"


Cast in first major feature role supporting Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail"


Appeared in critically acclaimed feature "Henry Fool"; film won Best Screenwriting Award at Cannes


Co-starred in workplace comedy "Clockwatchers" with Lisa Kudrow and Toni Collette


Earned acclaim for performance as Jackie-O, a mentally unbalanced woman who thinks she's Jackie Kennedy in "The House of Yes"


Starred in the award-winning independent film "The Daytrippers" (premiered at Toronto Film Festival)


Starred in the seminal Christopher Best comedy "Waiting for Guffman"


Landed first feature starring role in "Party Girl"


TV miniseries debut, "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" (PBS)


Feature acting debut, "Joey Braker"; also appeared in "Coneheads" and "Dazed and Confused"


Made TV debut in a regular role on "As the World Turns" (CBS)

Raised in Monroe, LA and Laurel, MS

Bonus Trivia


On her status in the independent film community: "I wouldn't say I was a queen. Maybe a little elf. There's something about someone who's not making a lot of money but is doing what they want to do with a film, knowing that he or she's not answering to anyone." – quoted in Interview, May 1994


"L.A. doesn't get me. I think I scare them – or maybe they just don't know what to make of me." – Posey to Time Out New York, Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 1996


Time Out New York (Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 1996) described Posey's style as "a combination of remarkable self-possession, an ironic intelligence, a non-nonsense thrift-store glamour, and, most of all, inhuman stamina."


"People keep asking me what she'll do. I couldn't possibly answer that. She's in this weird position of having done all these peripheral movies. She could do anything. She's gifted. I'm not sure that Parker knows what she wants to do." – Christopher Guest (director of "Waiting for Guffman") to Buzz, March 1997


"Certainly most young actresses today tend to be more mired in that kind of Method naturalism, and Parker isn't that at all. She's not big in Hollywood because they don't conceive female parts like that. I don't think Parker could ever do the Sandra Bullock thing, the all-American girl. Especially when she does bigger-budget projects, I think she'll probably end up being more like a character actress. Hopefully she will be able to play leads in more interesting independent films." – Mark Waters (director of "The House of Yes") to Los Angeles Times, Oct. 6, 1997


"I'm not like an easy person to read or understand. I have contradictory emotions, and I think I do things and then think about them later." – Posey to Premiere, November 2006


"In my 20s, I was just so intense, always wondering, 'Will I get another job?!' I was born premature, I'm sure that has something to do with it, just fighting for my life." But she's given up on fighting for mega-stardom. "I don't play the game. I can't. I've done Hollywood movies and I see how toxic it can be." – Posey to EW, June 2007


In August 2009, Parker was diagnosed with Lyme disease.