MARY-LOUISE PARKER's (Proctor) work as Nancy Botwin on Showtime's Weeds earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Musical or Comedy, as well as three nominations in the same category. Parker was also nominated for seven Satellite Awards, and won one for her role on Weeds, received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations -- winning one for Weeds -- and six SAG nominations. Parker's work in Mike Nichols' Angels in America garnered her a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and a Golden Globe Award in the same category. Her work on The West Wing and the television movie The Robber Bride was recognized with Primetime Emmy nominations, the latter winning her a Gemini Award. Parker has also starred in television's Sugartime, Saint Maybe, A Place for Annie and Vinegar Hill, among others.
Audiences most recently saw Parker on the big screen in the hit action-comedy Red, opposite Bruce Willis and John Malkovich. Her upcoming feature films include Red 2, Jamesy Boy and Behaving Badly.
Parker made her Broadway debut in Prelude to a Kiss, earning her a Tony Award nomination, a Theatre World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award and a Drama Desk nomination. She originated the role of Li'l Bit in How I Learned to Drive, which earned her an Obie Award, The Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Her performance in Proof earned her the 2001 Tony Award, as well as the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, The Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, New York Magazine Award and the T. Schreiber Studio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre. She also starred in Reckless, for which she received her third Tony Award nomination. In 2008, Parker starred in Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, and was most recently seen in the Broadway revival of Hedda Gabler.
Parker's film work includes the dark Christian comedy Saved! and Romance & Cigarettes, written and directed by John Turturro and produced by the Coen brothers. Parker is known widely for her starring roles in Longtime Companion, Grand Canyon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Naked in New York, The Client, Bullets Over Broadway, Boys on the Side, Reckless, The Five Senses, Pipe Dream, Red Dragon, The Best Thief in the World, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Solitary Man and Howl.
Parker's additional theater credits include Communicating Doors, Bus Stop, Four Dogs and a Bone, The Art of Success, Throwing Your Voice, Babylon Gardens, The Importance of Being Earnest, Up in Saratoga, The Miser and Hayfever. She co-founded the Edge Theater, where she performed in The Age of Pie and The Girl in Pink, among other productions. This fall, Parker will star in Snow Geese at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Parker is currently a contributing writer for Esquire magazine. She won the Robert Brustein Award for Excellence in Theater, the Philadelphia Film Festival Award for Career Achievement and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Parker's personal and professional belongings, along with career memorabilia, are archived at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.