Andrea Parker

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Andrea Parker
BornAndrea Nicole Parker
(1970-03-08) March 8, 1970 (age 44)
Monterey County, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)James Powers (deceased)
Michael Birnbaum (present)
 
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Andrea Parker
BornAndrea Nicole Parker
(1970-03-08) March 8, 1970 (age 44)
Monterey County, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)James Powers (deceased)
Michael Birnbaum (present)

Andrea Nicole Parker (born March 8, 1970) is an America television actress and former ballet dancer.

Life and career[edit]

Parker was born in Monterey County, California. She began ballet training at age 6 and at age 15 she joined a professional dance company. She quit her career in ballet after three years of touring and trained to become an actress while working as a bartender. Her first documented film role was at age 19 in the movie Rented Lips in which she played a dancer/nurse.

Parker appeared in Married... with Children as a Go-Go Dancer in 2 episodes - Prom Queen: The Sequel (1989) and Prom Queen: Part 1 (1989).[1] Parker got her break in television playing a nurse on the award-winning Seinfeld episode "The Contest" in 1992. After that first speaking role, she had several other guest-starring roles in television series and movies, most notably a recurring role in ER as Linda Farrell, the love interest of Dr. Doug Ross, and as Caitlin Pike in JAG. She was a body double for Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman; hers are the legs seen in the opening scene of the main character zipping up her boots. She also did several pilots before she gained a cult following for her role as Miss Parker on the NBC television series The Pretender. She also played a rich, snooty neighbor on the television show My Name Is Earl.

After The Pretender was cancelled by NBC in 2000, Parker did another guest spot on JAG before signing on to reprise her role as Miss Parker in the telemovies for The Pretender, which aired on TNT in 2001. She then returned to series television in 2002 and starred in the ABC comedy Less than Perfect, playing Lydia Weston until it was cancelled in 2006. She has made several guest appearances on television talk shows and celebrity events such as the various celebrity poker tournaments. From 2011 to 2012, Parker had recurring role of Jane Carlson in the ABC series Desperate Housewives.[2] She later starred in NBC drama pilot Beautiful People,[3] and joined the cast of ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.[4]

Parker supports various charities such as the National Hospice Palliative Care Organization, Glenn Siegel's My Good Friend charity organization, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research and Project Angel Food. Parker is also trained as a stunt driver and can handle firearms. In February 2006, Parker attended a benefit with former Pretender co-stars Michael T. Weiss and James Denton for Cure Autism Now.[5]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988Rented LipsDancer / Nurse
1988Earth Girls Are EasyDancer in Beauty Salon
1989Married... with ChildrenGo-Go DancerEpisodes: "Married... with Prom Queen: Parts 1 & 2"
1992SeinfeldNurseEpisode: "The Contest"
1993Dave's WorldAliciaEpisode: "It's a Small Van After All"
1993Herman's HeadHeather BrookshireEpisode: "A Decent Proposal"
1993Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., TheThe Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.Rita AvnetEpisodes: "Deep in the Heart of Dixie", "A.K.A. Kansas"
1993Naked Truth, TheThe Naked TruthMiss France
1994Brush with DeathColleen
1994XXX's & OOO'sKelly MorganTV film
1994Body ShotShark Club Dancer
1994EllenJoannaEpisode: "The Dentist"
1994CoachPennyEpisode: "Coach for a Day: Part 2"
1994–1995ERLinda FarrellRecurring role, 10 episodes
1995Dream OnWinnieEpisode: "She Won't Do It, But Her Sister Will"
1995JAGCmdr. Caitlin 'Kate' PikeEpisodes: "Pilot: Parts 1 & 2", "Brig Break"
1996JAGCmdr. Caitlin 'Kate' PikeEpisode: "Ares"
1996Can't Hurry LoveKitEpisode: "Valentine's Day Massacred"
1996Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: IceDet. Eileen BurkeTV film
1996CoachJean BrandowEpisode: "Dauber's Vehicle"
1996Murder, She WroteAnne LarkinEpisode: "Race to Death"
1996–2000Pretender, TheThe PretenderMiss Parker/Catherine ParkerSeries regular, 86 episodes
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1999)
2000Delicate InstrumentsDr. Anne Harper
2001JAGCmdr. Caitlin 'Kate' PikeEpisode: "Touch and Go"
2001Pretender 2001, TheThe Pretender 2001Catherine ParkerTV film
2001Pretender: Island of the Haunted, TheThe Pretender: Island of the HauntedMiss ParkerTV film
2002First MondayFBI Agent DawsonEpisode: "Dangerous Words"
2002–2006Less than PerfectLydia WestonSeries regular, 81 episodes
2005Kitchen ConfidentialSuzeEpisode: "Exile on Main Street"
2006Help Me Help YouKristaEpisode: "Inger Management"
2008Starting UnderGinaTV pilot
2008Mentalist, TheThe MentalistAnn MeierEpisode: "Red-Handed"
2009My Name Is EarlRich LadyEpisode: "Friends with Benefits"
2009CSI: MiamiAllison BurgessEpisode: "In Plane Sight"
2011SuitsToryEpisode: "The Shelf Life"
2011–2012Desperate HousewivesJane CarlsonRecurring role, 11 episodes
2012Beautiful PeopleRobertaTV pilot
2012Common LawLaura the A.D.A.Episode: "Pilot"
2013Devious MaidsBrenda CoulfaxEpisode: "Pilot" (uncredited)
2011–2014Pretty Little LiarsJessica DiLaurentisGuest star (season 2 & 5)
Recurring (season 4)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrea Parker Biography (1969-)". Filmreference.com. 1969-03-08. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Desperate Housewives De-Friends Jessica Hecht, Adds Andrea Parker - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Five Cast In NBC Pilot 'Beautiful People'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  4. ^ Masters, Megan (2011-05-20). "Pretty Little Liars Casting: Alison’s Mom Played by Andrea Parker". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  5. ^ http://www.cureautismnow.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=bhLOK2PILuF&b=1289185&ct=1996497

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