Mary-Louise Parker

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Date of Birth: August 2nd 1964

Mary-Louise Parker (born August 2, 1964) is an American actress. She has been the recipient of the Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Her best-known works include Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, Proof, The West Wing, Angels in America, and her current role on Showtime's Weeds.

Though Parker was not a household name, she flourished out of the spotlight as a critics' darling. Her theater career continued when she appeared in Paula Vogel's 1997 critical smash How I Learned To Drive, with David Morse. After several independent film releases, she appeared in Let The Devil Wear Black and then a much-lauded role in The Five Senses (1999).

In 2005, Parker took on the lead role in the television series Weeds, a Showtime comedy-drama. Parker plays Nancy Botwin, a suburban mother who, following the death of her husband, decides to sell marijuana to make money, while also attempting to maintain her community reputation. She stars alongside Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, her Saved! co-star Martin Donovan, and her Angels in America co-star Justin Kirk. The show's first season aired in 2005, with the second airing in 2006. The third season began production in 2007.

In July 2007, Parker was nominated for two Emmy Awards, one for Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for playing Zenia Arden in The Robber Bride and the other for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Weeds.

In August 2007, she posed nude for an ad for the third season of Weeds. In the ad, she appears as Eve in the Garden of Eden, with a snake draped around her body and a cannabis leaf behind her ear.

On January 7, 2004, Parker, at age 39, gave birth to her first child, William Atticus Parker. The boy's father is actor Billy Crudup, whom Parker met when they co-starred in a 1996 revival of the William Inge play Bus Stop. After nearly eight years together, the couple split when the actress was seven months pregnant. There were rumors that the breakup was due to an affair between Crudup and his Stage Beauty co-star, Claire Danes.

Parker is currently dating her former Weeds cast member, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and had stated that the relationship was "going great".

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