Date of Birth: March 25th 1965
A former child performer who played "Annie" in the hit Broadway musical for two years (1978-80) before segueing smoothly to a busy and varied acting career, Sarah Jessica Parker has worked steadily and demonstrated her range and skill on stage and screens big and small. A petite blonde with flowing curls, bright eyes and a wide smile, Parker saw her image change considerably through the years, from her portrayal of bookish bean-pole Patty Greene on the above-average schoolgirl sitcom "Square Pegs" (CBS, 1982-83) to that of freewheeling relationships columnist Carrie Bradshaw, a single thirtysomething navigating Manhattan's dating jungle, on HBO's acclaimed series "Sex and the City" (1998). While "Square Pegs" marked Parker's first taste of nationwide notice, she actually made her television debut a decade earlier, with a role as "The Little Match Girl" in an NBC television production. The young actress followed up with stage work, making her debut in "The Innocents" in 1976, directed by Harold Pinter. She followed up with "Annie" after her family relocated to the New York area and played the sister of future "Sex and the City" co-star and fellow Drama Dept. member Cynthia Nixon in the TV-movie "My Body, My Child" (1982) starring Vanessa Redgrave.
Parker made the move to features beginning in 1979, when she appeared in "Rich Kids". Five years later, she took on roles in "Footloose", "Firstborn" and "Somewhere Tomorrow" and continued to appear in TV movies in the interim including co-starring roles in ABC's "The Almost Royal Family" (1984) and CBS' "Going For the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story" (1985). Parker was particularly effervescent in her lead role opposite Helen Hunt as a young teen who wants to enter a dance contest against the wishes of her reactionary father in the musical comedy "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (1985). She was featured the following year in "Flight of the Navigator", her last film for six years and her last teenage role. Later that year Parker made her first entry into adult roles, cast in the role of newlywed Kay Ericson Gardner, an ebullient young woman who marries into the family around which the NBC miniseries and subsequent weekly drama "A Year in the Life" centered. While the series was critically heralded, it failed to capture a large enough audience for NBC to order a second season. Parker kept busy with telefilms and stage work (including a three character part in Wendy Wasserstein's Off-Broadway hit "The Heidi Chronicles") before landing the role of driven attorney JoAnn Harris on ABC's legal drama "Equal Justice". Like "A Year in the Life", this acclaimed series didn't last beyond its premiere season.