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Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress. She became known during the 1990s, after a series of roles in several well-received independent films. As a result, she has often been referred to as the "Queen of the Indies".
Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Lynda, a chef, and Chris Posey, who owned a Chevrolet dealership. She has a twin brother, Christopher. Posey`s first name was a tribute by her father to 1950s supermodel Suzy Parker. After Posey`s birth, the family moved to Laurel, Mississippi where her mother worked as a chef and culinary instructor for the Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood, Mississippi, and her father, after coming back from the Vietnam War with long time friend Bill Pearson, opened a car dealership, Posey Chevrolet, in Laurel. The family also lived in Monroe, Louisiana. Posey was raised Catholic.
Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield and Orlagh Cassidy. Fellow entertainment professionals in her SUNY Purchase acting company (Class of 1991) included actor Adam Trese, actor Reno Wilson, and producer Todd Baker.
Posey made her first break in television, when she won the role of Tess Shelby on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. (Stringfield, Posey`s roommate, was also cast on the daytime drama Guiding Light at about the same time.) Posey`s first major role in a feature film was in Dazed and Confused (1993).
Throughout the late 1990s, Posey starred in a large number of independent films and was named "Queen of the Indies" by Time magazine, which cited 32 independent films to her credit, including Personal Velocity, Clockwatchers, Party Girl, and The House of Yes, for which she received especially positive reviews for her portrayal of a delusional woman in love with her own brother. She is part of the acting ensemble that appears in director Christopher Guest`s films, including four of his mock documentaries: (Waiting for Guffman in 1996, Best in Show in 2000, A Mighty Wind in 2003, and For Your Consideration in 2006). Posey is also a favorite of director Hal Hartley. She appeared in Henry Fool (1998), two of his shorts, Opera No. 1 (1994; with Adrienne Shelley, another Hartley regular), Sisters of Mercy (2004), and his most recent film, Fay Grim (2006). Posey also had a notable role as the best friend of Adam in the the 2005 film Adam and Steve. Posey received acclaim for her performance in Zoe Cassavetes`s directorial debut Broken English in 2007.
Though well known for her work in independent cinema, Posey has also had supporting roles in several big budget studio films, including Scream 3 (2000), You`ve Got Mail (1998), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Laws of Attraction (2004), and Blade: Trinity (2004). She also had a small but notable performance in Superman Returns, playing Kitty Kowalski, an assistant to villain Lex Luthor.
Posey is also set for a role in an upcoming John Waters film Fruitcake along with Johnny Knoxville which will likely be set in her birth town of Baltimore, as with all John Waters films. However, John Waters has recently announced that he has cancelled 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."
Although Posey primarily works in film, she has appeared in several television projects.
Posey appeared in the television miniseries adaptations of the Armistead Maupin Tales of the City books; her character, Connie, was featured in the original 1993 series and the 1998 miniseries "sequel" covering the second book.
In 2000, she provided the voice of Umbriel the mermaid in the Futurama episode "The Deep South."
Also in 2000, Parker provided the voice of Becky in an episode of The Simpsons titled "It`s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge."
She has also had a recurring role on the television series Will & Grace, as Dorlene, Jack`s high-maintenance boss at Barneys New York.
Posey appeared on the season one finale episode of Project Runway in 2005. She was a spectator at New York Fashion Week, and also a judge alongside Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and German supermodel/host Heidi Klum.
In 2006, Posey guest-starred as the ambitious, back-stabbing lawyer Marlene "The Squid" Stanger in the legal drama Boston Legal.
In March 2008, Posey headlined the quickly cancelled Fox series The Return of Jezebel James.
Posey was previously considered for the roles of Rachel Green in Friends (which went to Jennifer Aniston), of Kimmy in My Best Friend`s Wedding (which went to Cameron Diaz), and of Althea in The People vs. Larry Flynt (which went to Courtney Love).
Posey made her stage debut in 2001, and has worked regularly on the stage since. Posey also dabbles in music; she can play the mandolin. She learned t
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Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress and musician. Following her role in Richard Linklater's 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused, she became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films such as Party Girl (1995) and The House of Yes (1997) that gained her the nickname "Queen of the Indies". She later played improvisational roles in Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For Your Consideration (2006) and Mascots (2016). Her other film appearances include You've Got Mail (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Superman Returns (2006), and the Woody Allen films Irrational Man (2015) and Café Society (2016). On television, Posey has guest-starred in series such as Will & Grace, Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Louie, Parks and Recreation, and Search Party.
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R. H. Watkins High School in Laurel, Mississippi
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(2006) Pepsi commercial with SNL's Jimmy Fallon.
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