Molly Parker

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Molly Parker
Molly Parker @ Toronto International Film Festival 2010.jpg
Parker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Born(1972-06-30) 30 June 1972 (age 42)
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
OccupationActress
Years active1991–present
Children1
 
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Molly Parker
Molly Parker @ Toronto International Film Festival 2010.jpg
Parker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Born(1972-06-30) 30 June 1972 (age 42)
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
OccupationActress
Years active1991–present
Children1

Molly Parker (born 30 June 1972) [1] is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in independent films and the HBO series Deadwood. She won a Genie Award in 1997 as Best Actress in a Leading Role for Kissed, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as best female lead in 2001 for her role in The Center of the World, and has twice been nominated for a Genie Award as best supporting actress (winning in 2002 for Last Wedding).

Early life[edit]

Parker was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, to parents who owned a retail seafood store. She and her younger brother Henry were raised on a commune in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, which she described as "a hippie farm". She began acting after 13 years at ballet school. After graduating from high school, her uncle's agent took her on and she had parts in various Canadian television roles before studying with Vancouver's Gastown Actors' Studio.

Career[edit]

Parker's breakthrough role was as the daughter of a lesbian military officer in the TV movie Serving in Silence. She then won a Gemini nomination for her performance in the TV movie Paris or Somewhere. She later won the Genie Award for best actress for playing a necrophiliac in Lynne Stopkewich's 1996 film Kissed. The controversial film served as her breakthrough to more mainstream films.

Parker is known for taking on controversial roles, such as her aforementioned performance in Kissed, as a sympathetic lap dancer and paid escort in The Center of the World, and a female rabbi in Six Feet Under. In 2008, she starred in the CBS show Swingtown. She filmed a pilot for a series called The Wonderful Maladys, but the series was not picked up. In 2010, she starred in the video for "Cold Love" by Tim Kasher.

In 2012 Parker joined the cast of the NBC mid-season show, The Firm, based on the 1991 novel and the 1993 film. She portrayed Abby McDeere, wife of Mitch McDeere.[2] She also made several appearances on the sixth season of the Showtime series Dexter. She portrayed Alice Ramsey in "The Wrath of Kali", a fourth season episode of Highlander: The Series.

In 2014, she appeared as Congresswoman Jacqueline Sharp in the second season of the Netflix series House of Cards.

Personal life[edit]

Parker is divorced from director, writer, and producer Matt Bissonnette.[3] The marriage produced one child, a son named William Strummer Bissonnette born on October 13, 2006.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Silent MotiveSecond Female QuestionerTelevision film
1991My Son JohnnyLori SpodaTelevision film
1992Hate MailMaggie
1993The SubstituteCourtneyTelevision film
1994One More MountainEliza WilliamsTelevision film
1994Paris or SomewherePeg KennedyTelevision film
1995Little CriminalsSocial WorkerTelevision film
1995Last of the DogmenNurse
1995EbbieFrancine "Frannie"Television film
1995Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth MovieRachel MortonTelevision film
1995Wings of CourageActress
1995The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the SkySueTelevision film
1995Falling from the Sky: Flight 174Norma SaxTelevision film
1995Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer StoryLynetteTelevision film
1996KissedSandra Larson
1996Hard Core LogoJenifurUncredited
1996Good Things TooActress
1996The ChainMathildeAssociate producer
1997BlissConnie
1997IntensityChyna ShepherdTelevision film
1997ContagiousFlt. Att. StephanieTelevision film
1998From Morning on I Waited YesterdayLina
1998Under HeavenCynthia
1999The IntruderDaisy
1999SunshineHannah Wippler
1999The Five SensesAnna Miller
1999WonderlandMolly
2000Suspicious RiverLeila Murray
2000Ladies RoomJulia
2000Waking the DeadJuliet Beck
2001Rare BirdsAlice
2001Last WeddingSarah
2001The Center of the WorldFlorence
2001The War BrideSylvia
2002Undying LoveNarrator
2002PureMel
2002MaxNina Rothman
2002Marion BridgeAgnes
2002Looking for LeonardMonicaExecutive producer
2002Men with BroomsAmy Foley
2004The Good ShepherdMadeline Finney
2004Iron Jawed AngelsEmily LeightonTelevision film
2005Break a LegKate
2005Nine LivesLisa
2006Who Loves the SunMaggie Claire
2006HollywoodlandLaurie Simo
2006The Wicker ManSister Rose / Sister Thorn
2009The RoadMotherly Woman
2010Oliver ShermanIrene Page
2010TriggerKat
2010The Quinn-tupletsRebecca Quinn-AdattoTelevision film
2010The Wonderful MaladysMary MaladyTelevision film
2011That's What I AmSherri Nichol
2011GoneAmy KetteringTelevision film
2011Meet JaneJane BilinskiTelevision film
2012The PlayroomDonna Cantwell
2012Hemingway & GellhornPauline HemingwayTelevision film
2013Hold FastAunt Ellen
2013Pete's ChristmasPamelaTelevision film
2015ESC (film)

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991–1994Neon RiderDora "Susie" Brody
Kate
Gloria Miller
3 episodes
1992Nightmare CafeIvyEpisode: "Fay & Ivy"
1993MadisonKarenEpisode: "Tough Cries"
1995HighlanderAlice RamseyEpisode: "The Wrath of Kali"
1995The Outer LimitsJenniferEpisode: "If These Walls Could Talk"
1995The MarshalTeri SinclairEpisode: "Pilot"
1996TitanicLulu FoleyMiniseries
1996Poltergeist: The LegacyLiz BarrowEpisode: "Do Not Go Gently"
1996The SentinelThe SwitchmanEpisode: "The Switchman"
1996Lonesome DoveFrances PhillipsMiniseries
1998–2000Twitch CityHope13 episodes
2002Six Feet UnderRabbi Ari2 episodes
2004–2006DeadwoodAlma Garret36 episodes
2006Odd Job JackAlberta MaloneVoice
Episode: "Jack Ryder and the Fountain of Life"
2008SwingtownSusan Miller14 episodes
2009Party DownMelinda WeintraubEpisode: "James Rolf High School Twentieth Reunion"
2010Human TargetRebecca BrooksEpisode: "The Wife's Tale"
2010Boardwalk EmpireNucky's Wife in PhotoEpisode: "Boardwalk Empire"
2010ShatteredElla Sullivan6 episodes
2011DexterLisa Marshall4 episodes
2012The FirmAbby McDeere22 episodes
2013MotiveChloe MytonEpisode: "Public Enemy"
2014House of CardsJacqueline Sharp13 episodes

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