Mary-Louise Parker

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Mary-Louise Parker recently won the 2021 Tony award for her spectacular run as Bella Baird in Adam Rapp’s THE SOUND INSIDE on Broadway, and will next be seen on stage in the Broadway revival of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, in a role she originated off-Broadway (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination).

She can also recently be seen starring in the Netflix limited series COLIN IN BLACK & WHITE opposite Nick Offerman and directed by Ava DuVernay. She also originated roles in the first productions: PROOF (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obie, and New York Magazine Awards, T. Schreiber Award), PRELUDE TO A KISS (Tony Award nomination, Theatre World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk nomination), HEISENBERG, THE SNOW GEESE, FOUR DOGS AND A BONE, BABYLON GARDENS and the American premieres of THE ART OF SUCCESS and COMMUNICATING DOORS. Her other theater credits include RECKLESS (where she earned her third Tony Award nomination), HEDDA GABLER, BUS STOP, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, UP IN SARATOGA, HAY FEVER, and others. She was a member of Circle Rep Theater Company and a founding member of the Edge Theater.

Television: WEEDS (Golden Globe award, four additional nominations, three Emmy nominations, six SAG nominations), ANGELS IN AMERICA (Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Satellite Award), THE WEST WING (Emmy nomination), THE ROBBER BRIDE (Emmy nomination), MR. MERCEDES, WHEN WE RISE, BILLIONS, SUGAR TIME, SAINT MAYBE, A PLACE FOR ANNIE and others.


Also a writer, Mary-Louise was an on-staff contributor at Esquire magazine for over a decade, and has written for The New York Times, O magazine, Bullet, Bust, Hemispheres, The Riveter, In Style, and others. Her first book, Dear Mr. You, was translated into multiple languages, and included on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of best books of the year. The audio book was nominated for best narration by the Audio Publishers Association.

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Mary-Louise Parker STAGE CREDITS

Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway Premiere, 2022
Li'l Bit

Original Broadway Production, 2019

New York Staged Reading, 2018

[Williamstown, MA (Regional)]
World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2018
Bella Baird

Manhattan Theatre Club Original Broadway Production, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2013
Elizabeth Gaesling

Roundabout Revival, 2009
Hedda Tesman

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2008

Special Benefit Production, 2005

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2004

Broadway Transfer, 2000



Li'l Bit




Original Broadway Production, 1990


Jane Hogarth

Mary-Louise Parker Movies

[1989]Longtime Companion Lisa

[1989]Signs of Life Charlotte Mary Louise Parker

[1991]Grand Canyon Dee

[1991]Fried Green Tomatoes Ruth Jamison

[1993]Mr. Wonderful Rita

[1993]Naked in New York Joanne White

[1994]The Client Dianne Sway

[1994]Bullets Over Broadway Ellen

[1995]Reckless Pooty

[1995]Boys on the Side Robin

[1996]The Portrait of a Lady Henrietta Stackpole

[1997]The Maker Officer Emily Peck

[1997]Murder in Mind Caroline Walker Mary Louise Parker

[1998]Goodbye Lover Peggy Blane

[1999]The Five Senses Rona

[1999]Let the Devil Wear Black Julia Hirsch

[2002]Pipe Dream Toni Edelman

[2002]Red Dragon Molly Graham

[2004]Saved! Lillian

[2004]The Best Thief in the World Sue Zaidman

[2005]Romance & Cigarettes Constance

[2007]The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Zee James

[2008]The Spiderwick Chronicles Helen Grace

[2009]Solitary Man Jordon Karsch

[2010]Howl Gail Potter

[2010]RED Sarah Ross

[2013]R.I.P.D. Proctor

[2013]RED 2 Sarah

[2014]Behaving Badly Lucy Stevens, Saint Lola

[2014]Jamesy Boy Tracy

[2016]Chronically Metropolitan Annabel Mary Louise Parker

[2017]Golden Exits Gwendolyn

[2018]Red Sparrow Stephanie Boucher

[2021]The Same Storm Roxy

Mary-Louise Parker TV Shows

The West Wing Amy Gardner

Weeds Nancy Botwin

Mary-Louise Parker Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Mary Louise Parker, Prelude to a Kiss

Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Actress - Play

Mary Louise Parker, Prelude to a Kiss

Mary-Louise Parker Videos

Mary-Louise Parker News

Review: HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Is Finely Tuned Vehicle For Actors' Shakespeare Project

What did our critic think of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at Roberts Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion At Boston Center For The Arts?

Photos: Inside the 2023 Manhattan Theatre Club Fall Benefit With Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, and More!

Manhattan Theatre Club hosted its 2023 Fall Benefit on Monday, November 13. The evening began at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) with an advance screening of the new film ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists ahead of its November 21 premiere on ALL ARTS.

ALL ARTS DOCS: MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB, A HOME FOR ARTISTS Lifts The Curtain On History And Influence Of Iconic Theater

Celeb Studded ‘ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists’ explores the history and influence of the iconic theater. Featuring interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker, Christine Baranski, and more. Premieres on November 21 at 9pm ET on ALL ARTS.

Video: Go Behind the Scenes at Manhattan Theatre Club in New ALL ARTS Film This Month

Debuting on ALL ARTS on Tuesday, November 21 at 9 p.m., the hour-long “ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists” traces the nonprofit Manhattan Theatre Club‘s storied 50-year history under the leadership of its artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove, Check out a sneak peek in this video!

Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane & Sarah Jessica Parker to Appear at Manhattan Theatre Club 2023 Fall Benefit

Manhattan Theatre Club will present its 2023 Fall Benefit on Monday, November 13. See who is attending and learn how to purchase tickets!

Review: THE SOUND INSIDE at Pasadena Playhouse

when you’ve got a guy like Adam Rapp writing a cerebral two-handed dance between a Yale creative writing professor and her enigmatic new student, and you pepper it with scribes ranging from Dostoevsky to  Anne Tyler, and you give the whole shebang to the Pasadena Playhouse and cast Amy Brenneman in the lead role, well, what’s not to like.

THE SOUND INSIDE Comes to Urbanite Theatre in October

Urbanite's main productions start with the regional premiere of the 2020 Tony-nominated play, THE SOUND INSIDE, by Adam Rapp. Learn more about the play and find out how to get tickets here!

New Documentary Will Tell the History of Manhattan Theatre Club

​​​​​​​ALL ARTS, the streaming platform and channel dedicated to the arts, will debut the new film ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists on Tuesday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET. Learn more about the documentary and find out where you can watch it here!

Video: Go Behind Manhattan Theatre Club in New ALL ARTS Doc With Sarah Jessica Parker, André De Shields & More

Through interviews with stage and screen stars who honed their craft at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), including David Auburn, Christine Baranski, André De Shields, Laura Linney, John Patrick Shanley, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sam Waterston, the film chronicles the career-making momentsthat have come to define MTC. Watch a video trailer!

Photos: Susie Mosher & John Boswell Return To Birdland In CASHINO!

“CASHINO,” the long-running LA and NYC cult hit returned to Birdland for one night only on August 28. See photos from the event.

Kate Burton, John Cariani & More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Performances

Get the latest updates on the star-studded performances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, including appearances by Kate Burton, John Cariani, and more. Find out when and where you can catch these exciting shows.

Wake Up With BWW 8/2: Bradley Whitford and Daniel Dae Kim in PETER PAN GOES WRONG, and More!

Top stories: Bradley Whitford and Daniel Dae Kim will guest star in Peter Pan Goes Wrong in Los Angeles, watch Erin Davie and Mark Evans perform from Signature Theatre's The Bridges of Madison County, & more!

Dylan Baker, Omar Metwally, and More Set to Perform at Williamstown Theatre Festival This Week

Get ready for an unforgettable week at the Williamstown Theatre Festival! Dylan Baker, Omar Metwally, and a stellar lineup of talented actors will grace the stage with their remarkable performances. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to witness the magic of live theater.

Bill Irwin and Jacob Ming-Trent to Join Eden Espinosa & More at WTF Cabaret

Don't miss the incredible lineup featuring Bill Irwin and Jacob Ming-Trent, joining Eden Espinosa and more at the highly anticipated WTF Cabaret. Prepare to be amazed by the extraordinary performances and talent on display.

Eden Espinosa, Alison Pill, Asmeret Ghebremichael & More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Programming

Williamstown Theatre Festival has revealed the lineup for the WTF Cabaret, a cabaret series curated in partnership with Tony Award nominee and Festival mainstay Christopher Fitzgerald. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Amber Iman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Annie Golden & More to be Featured in Williamstown Theatre Festival Readings

Amber Iman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Annie Golden and more will be featured in Williamstown Theatre Festival's Fridays@3 reading series.

Grace Gummer, Mamie Gummer & Louisa Jacobson to Star in THREE SISTERS at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Additional cast and creative team members have been revealed for the 2023 Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season’s Main Stage Reading Series. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

10 Musicals & Plays to Stream This Weekend For Pride

PrideFrom Kinky Boots to Rent, many musicals and plays with LGBTQIA+ representation are available to stream this weekend to celebrate Pride Month. Check out som theatre favorites that you can stream from the comfort of your own home below!

Moya O'Connell Stars in Adam Rapp's THE SOUND INSIDE at the Coal Mine Theatre

This spring, COAL MINE THEATRE presents another thrilling Toronto Premiere, Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp's mysterious drama THE SOUND INSIDE, on stage May 7 – 28.

Laura Benanti, Lily Rabe & More to be Featured in Williamstown Theatre Festival 2023 Summer Season

Programming has been confirmed for the 2023 Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season.


Mary-Louise Parker's next show will be How I Learned to Drive which opens on 4/19/2022 on Broadway.

Mary-Louise Parker has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

Mary-Louise Parker has not appeared in the West End

Mary-Louise Parker has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. Some of her notable nominations include Special Achievement Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for her performance in "How I Learned to Drive," Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for "How I Learned to Drive," Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for "Prelude to a Kiss," and Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for "Prelude to a Kiss." These nominations highlight her talent and recognition in both plays and musicals.

Mary-Louise Parker has won Special Achievement Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for her performance in the show "How I Learned to Drive".

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