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Mary-Louise Parker

as Roma Guy
Actor Biography

Mary-Louise Parker's work on Showtime's "Weeds" earned her a Golden Globe Award, as well as four Golden Globe nominations, the Satellite award, along with five nominations, three Emmy nominations, and six SAG nominations. Parker's work in Mike Nichols' "Angels in America" garnered her an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award; and her work on "The West Wing" and in TV movie "The Robber Bride" were recognized with Emmy nominations, the latter winning her a Gemini Award. For the small screen, she also starred in "Sugartime," "Saint Maybe," "A Place for Annie," "Vinegar Hill," and many others.

Audiences most recently saw Parker on the big screen in the hit action comedies "Red" and "Red 2" with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. She was also featured in "R.I.P.D.," alongside Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, and in "Jamesy Boy" and "Behaving Badly." Her next films "Chronically Metropolitan" and "Golden Exits" will be released in 2016. Her other extensive film work includes 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," for which she was nominated for a Genie Award, "Saved!," "Romance & Cigarettes ," "Pipe Dream," "Red Dragon," "The Best Thief in the World," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," "Solitary Man" and "Howl."

Parker made her Broadway debut in "Prelude to a Kiss," garnering 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, 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, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obie, New York Magazine Award, and the T. Schreiber 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," in the 2009 Broadway revival of "Hedda Gabler." For Manhattan Theater Club, she performed in Sharr White's original drama "The Snow Geese," reuniting her with director Daniel Sullivan, and most recently, "Heisenberg" by Simon Stephens, for which she received rave reviews.

Additional theatre 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.

She won the Robert Brustein Award for Excellence in Theater and the Philadelphia Film Festival Award for Career Achievement and was recently awarded Steppenwolf Theater's Excellence in the Arts. Her personal and professional belongings, along with career memorabilia, are archived at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

Also a writer, Parker's first book, "Dear Mr. You" was published in November 2015, to critical and popular acclaim. She is also a contributing writer for Esquire magazine.

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