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Sarah Jessica Parker
Sex and the City

Sarah Jessica Parker was born in Nelsonville, Ohio, the daughter of Barbara Parker (née Keck), a nursery school operator and teacher, and Stephen Parker, an entrepreneur and journalist.[1][2] Sarah Parker was one of a total of eight children from Sarah Parker's parents' marriage and Sarah Parker's mother's second marriage (Sarah Parker's full siblings include actors Timothy Britten Sarah Parker and Pippin Sarah Parker). After Sarah Parker's parents' divorce, Sarah Parker's mother married Paul Forste, a truck driver and account executive who was a part of Parker's life from an early age.[3] Parker's father, a native of Brooklyn, was of Eastern European Jewish background; his family's original surname was "Bar-Kahn" ("son of Kohen").[2][4] Parker's mother was of English and German descent; through Sarah Parker's mother, Sarah Parker is descended from Esther Elwell, one of the accused during the Salem witch trials.[5][6] Sarah Parker has identified culturally and ethnically with Sarah Parker's father's religion, Judaism, although Sarah Parker has had no religious training.[4] Sarah Parker has said that even while Sarah Parker's family lived in Cincinnati, Sarah Parker's mother emulated a New York lifestyle.[4]


As a young girl, Sarah Parker trained in singing and ballet, and was soon cast in the Broadway revival of William Archibald's The Innocents.[7] Sarah Parker's family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and then to Dobbs Ferry, New York, near New York City, so that Sarah Parker could get specialized training. There, Sarah Parker's mother and stepfather helped Sarah Parker develop Sarah Parker's career as a child actress. In 1977, the family moved to the newly-opened planned community on Roosevelt Island, in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, and later to Manhattan. The family later moved to Englewood, New Jersey, where Sarah Parker attended Dwight Morrow High School.[8]

Sarah Parker attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati,[citation needed] the School of American Ballet in New York City,[citation needed] Dwight Morrow High School in New Jersey, and the Professional Children's School,[citation needed] Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]


Early acting career

Sarah Parker and four siblings appeared in a production of The Sound of Music at the outdoor Municipal Theatre (Muny) in St. Louis, Missouri.[9] Sarah Parker was selected for a role in the new 1977–81 Broadway musical Annie: first in the small role of "July" and then succeeding Andrea McArdle and Shelley Bruce in the lead role of the Depression-era orphan, beginning March 1979. Sarah Parker held the role for a year.

In 1982, Sarah Parker was cast as the co-lead of the CBS sitcom Square Pegs. The show lasted just one season, but Parker's performance, as a shy teen who showed hidden depths, was critically well-received. In the three years that followed, Sarah Parker was cast in four films: the most significant being Footloose in 1984 and 1984's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, co-starring Helen Hunt. In 1986, Sarah Parker appeared in the cult classic Flight of the Navigator, a Disney science fiction film.

By the early 1990s, Parker's career was gaining momentum. In 1991, Sarah Parker appeared in a supporting role in the romantic comedy L.A. Story; both the movie and Sarah Parker's performance garnered positive reviews.[7] The following year, Sarah Parker landed a starring role in the well-received film Honeymoon in Vegas, co-starring Nicolas Cage. Sarah Parker's 1993 role in the film Hocus Pocus was a higher grosser at the box office but received negative reviews. Also in 1993, Sarah Parker starred as a police diver opposite Bruce Willis in the film Striking Distance. The following year, Sarah Parker appeared opposite Johnny Depp in the critically acclaimed movie Ed Wood[7] as Wood's girlfriend Dolores Fuller.

The film Miami Rhapsody, in 1995, was a romantic comedy in which Sarah Parker had a leading role. In 1996, Sarah Parker appeared in another Tim Burton-directed movie, Mars Attacks!, as well as in The First Wives Club and The Substance of Fire, in which Sarah Parker reprised Sarah Parker's 1991 stage role. In 1997, Sarah Parker appeared as Francesca Lanfield, a washed-up former child actress, in the comedy Till There Was You.

Sex and the City (1998–2004, 2008–2010)

The script for an HBO drama/comedy series titled Sex and the City was sent to Sarah Parker. The show's creator, Darren Star, wanted Sarah Parker's for his project. Despite some doubts about being cast in a long-term television series, Sarah Parker agreed to star.[10] After five nominations, in 2004, Sarah Parker won an Emmy Award for Sarah Parker's lead role. Sarah Parker said in 2006 that Sarah Parker "will never do a television show again".[10][11]

After Sex and the City ended in 2004, rumors of a film version circulated. It was revealed that a script had been completed for such a project. At the time, Sarah Parker said such a film would likely never be made.[12] Two years later, preparations were resumed, and the film was released on May 30, 2008. A sequel to the movie, Sex and the City 2, was released in 2010.

Later work

In addition to work in film and television, Sarah Parker has gained respect as a stage actor, having appeared in well-reviewed lead roles in the off-Broadway play Sylvia, alongside future husband Matthew Broderick in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and the Tony Award-nominated Once Upon a Mattress.

In December 2005, Sarah Parker appeared in Sarah Parker's first film in several years, The Family Stone; Sarah Parker received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress — Comedy for the role. Sarah Parker's next film, the romantic comedy Failure to Launch, co-starring Matthew McConaughey, was released on March 10, 2006, and opened at #1 in the North American box office, grossing slightly over $24 million on its opening weekend,[13] despite mediocre reviews.[14] Parker's work as a producer continued with the independent film Spinning Into Butter (which Sarah Parker also starred in), based on the Rebecca Gilman play.

On July 20, U.S. cable network Bravo announced it had picked up a reality show produced by Sarah Parker under the working title American Artist.[15] As a self-described "art enthusiast", Sarah Parker will feature artists of any age over 17, with each show having 13 finalists. Parker's inspiration comes from Sarah Parker's mother-in-law, whose artwork became noticed only after Sarah Parker died.[16]

Sarah Parker participated in the United States version of the hit U.K. television series Who Do You Think You Are? for NBC, in which celebrities were helped to trace their family trees. The executive producer was Lisa Kudrow, and the series featured Sarah Parker, husband Matthew Broderick, Kudrow and others.[17]

Fashion industry


In 2000, Sarah Parker hosted the MTV Movie Awards, appearing in fourteen different outfits during the show.[18]

Sarah Parker has also become the face of many of the world's biggest fashion brands through Sarah Parker's work in a variety of advertising campaigns. In August 2003, Sarah Parker signed a lucrative deal with Garnier to appear in TV and print advertising promoting their Nutrisse hair products.

In early 2004, shortly after the last season of Sex and the City wrapped up, Sarah Parker signed a $38 million contract with the Gap.[19] It was the first multi-season contract in the clothing company’s history, in which Sarah Parker was to appear in their upcoming fall ads, and continue until the Spring of 2005.[19] The endorsement sparked many levels of criticism from the public; the glamorous, urban-chic fashionista that Sarah Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw has branded Sarah Parker's with, was ironic considering the Gap maintains an image that does not promote high-end fashion.[20] Wendy Liebmann, president of WSL strategic retail, suggested that the Gap “felt the need for an iconic but contemporary face to represent [themselves]. . . . they were perhaps feeling a little insecure, a little in need of some high luster around the brand".[19] However, the ad campaigns were a success, and Sarah Parker had given the Gap a new, fresh face that appeared in many commercials, online and print ads, and other promotions.

In March 2005, Sarah Parker’s contract with the Gap ended, and was replaced with then 17-year old British soul singer Joss Stone. A rising star at the time, Stone’s replacing of Sarah Parker was a puzzling move to the public. The company then stated that “While Gap will always seek partnerships with celebrities, musicians and rising stars, we don’t have any future plans to sign a single person to a multi-season deal like the unique and special relationship we enjoyed with Sarah Jessica”.[21]

Sarah Parker released Sarah Parker's own perfume in 2005, called "Lovely".[7] In March 2007, Sarah Parker announced the launch of Sarah Parker's own fashion line, "Bitten",[22] in partnership with discount clothing chain Steve & Barry's.[23] The line, featuring clothing items and accessories under $20, launched on June 7, 2007, exclusively at Steve and Barry's.[24]

In July 2007, following the success of "Lovely," Sarah Parker released Sarah Parker's second fragrance "Covet." In 2007, Sarah Parker was a guest on Project Runway for the second challenge.[25] In 2008, Covet Pure Bloom was released as continuous series of Covet.[26] In February 2009, as part of the "Lovely" collection, Sarah Parker launched a series of three new fragrances called "Dawn", "Endless" and "Twilight".[27]

Personal life

Sarah Parker was romantically involved with actor Robert Downey, Jr. from 1984 until 1991. They met on the set of Firstborn. Downey had a drug problem, which affected their relationship. Sarah Parker has said, "I believed I was the person holding him together."[28]

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Parker in 2009.

On May 19, 1997, Sarah Parker married actor Matthew Broderick, to whom Sarah Parker was introduced by one of Sarah Parker's brothers at the Naked Angels theater company, where they both performed.[29] The couple married in a civil ceremony in a historic synagogue on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. The couple's son, James Wilkie Broderick, was born on October 28, 2002. He was named after Broderick's father, the actor James Joseph Broderick, and writer Wilkie Collins.[30]

Sarah Parker and Broderick's twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, were delivered via surrogate on June 22, 2009. Their middle names of "Elwell" and "Hodge" are from Parker's mother's family.[31]

As of 2009, Sarah Parker lives in New York City with Sarah Parker's husband, son, and daughters. They also spend considerable time at their second home near Kilcar, a village in County Donegal, Ireland, where Broderick spent summers as a child.[32]

Sarah Parker is a prominent member of the Hollywood's Women's Political Committee.[citation needed] Sarah Parker is UNICEF's Representative for the Performing Arts; in 2006, Sarah Parker traveled to Liberia as a UNICEF celebrity ambassador. Sarah Parker said, "It's a place that gets little or no attention, so we're going to try and bring some attention to it".[33] Sarah Parker is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States. Sarah Parker appeared in the premiere episode of the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? on March 5, 2010, where Sarah Parker discovered Sarah Parker had ancestors involved in the California Gold Rush of 1849–50 and in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.[34]

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker

Main article: Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker filmography

    "Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker Biography (1965–)". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
        "1". Who Do You Think You Are?. episode 1. season 1. 2010-03-05. NBC.
    Fabrikant, Geraldine (2021-07-30). "Talking Money With – Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker – Talking Money With – Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker – From A Start On Welfare To Riches In The City". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
     Pogrebin, Abigail (2021-12-26). "Excerpt: 'Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish' by Abigail Pogrebin". ABC News. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
    Who Do You Think You Are? NBC transmitted March 5, 2022
    Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker bio Who Do You Think You Are? website
    Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2008
    Klein, Alvin. "ACTRESS, 18, HAS SOME REGRETS", The New York Times, October 30, 1983. Accessed December 27, 2007. "Before attending Hollywood High School, Sarah Parker was a student at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood. After living for a while on Roosevelt Island, between Manhattan and Queens, Mr. and Mrs. Forste bought a house in Englewood."
    "History", The Municipal Theatre
    "". Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker. Archived from the original on March 12, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2006. available at the Internet Archive
    "United Press". Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker in new HBO project. Retrieved March 16, 2006.
    "Winnipeg Sun". No Sex for Sarah. Archived from the original on May 16, 2006. Retrieved March 13, 2006.
    "". McConaughey & Parker's Film Soars to the Top. Retrieved March 13, 2006.
    "Rotten Tomatoes". Failure to Launch. Retrieved March 13, 2006.
    "Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker lands show at Bravo". The Live Feed.
    Douglas, Sarah. ""Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker on Bringing Art to Reality", ARTINFO, July 2, 2009.
    Copy of Article from Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), June 5, 2000
    "40, but Sporting a $39 Million Figure" March 23, 2005, Washington Post
    "From Ugly Duckling to Cool Fashion Icon: Sarah Jessica Parker's Blonde Ambitions" article at Project MUSE
    "Gap Replaces Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker with Joss Stone" article at andPOP
    "". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
    Actress Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker is launching Sarah Parker's own fashion line EnjoyFashion, March 14, 2022
    "Bitten Revealed!", Fashion Week Daily, March 13, 2022
    "". 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
    "Feeling Sexy – Pure Bloom Perfume by Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker". Retrieved 2010-04-06.
    Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker Range
    "Entertainment Wise". Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker Knows All About Addiction. Retrieved March 15, 2006.
    "For Naked Angels, the Party's Over. Time to Get Serious Again", "The New York Times", May 14, 2022
    "Life after sex", April 2, 2006, The Age
    "Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker and Matthew Broderick Reveal Twins' Names". Retrieved 2009-06-23.
    "Stars could fight for Donegal home" 09 January 2009, Derry Journal
    "Star Pulse". Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker Joins UNICEF, Will Travel to Liberia. Retrieved 2006-03-16.
    Daily Mail article "Stunned Sarah Jessica Sarah Parker learns Sarah Parker's relative was accused of witchcraft during Salem trials as Sarah Parker traces Sarah Parker's family roots"

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