Sarah Jessica Parker
Working professionally from the age of 10, Sarah Jessica Parker made the difficult transition from awkward teen actress to respected leading lady, evolving into a trendsetting fashion icon in the process. At 15, Parker took on the lead role in the 1979 Broadway production of the hit musical "Annie," then co-starred on the popular high school comedy series "Square Pegs" (CBS, 1982-83). After nearly a decade of toiling away in various film and television projects, the actress struck critical and commercial gold with her inspired performances in a pair of romantic comedies - "L.A. Story" (1991) and "Honeymoon in Vegas" (1992). Four years later, she triumphantly returned to Broadway for the musical comedy "How to Succeed in Business without Even Trying," prior to marrying that production's leading man, Matthew Broderick in 1997. The hit series "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) not only established Parker as one of the biggest female stars on television, but as an influential figure in the realm of celebrity fashion throughout its six-year run. And while later feature films like "Failure to Launch" (2006) were popular, they were far eclipsed by the hugely anticipated big screen adaptation of "Sex and the City" (2008) and its sequel. In a business often noted for being unkind to former child stars and even less forgiving to actresses past the age of 40, Parker enjoyed an enviable multi-decade career as a star of stage, screen and fashion.