Parker Posey Biography

(Queen of the Indies)

Birthday: November 8, 1968 (Scorpio)

Born In: Baltimore

Parker Posey is an acclaimed American actress who has appeared in dozens of films over the course of her career, besides her appearances on television. She is well-known for her roles in the sitcoms. She is adept at playing the mandolin and she has also sung with aplomb, with her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Adams, in a number of albums. During the initial phase of her life, she wanted to become a professional ballet dancer but when she was declined a dance program at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she opted for an acting career at the behest of a faculty member at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Though she has appeared in a number of lead roles, she has evinced equal interest in playing supportive roles too. Within five to six years in the film industry, she had already worked on over 30 odd projects and set a benchmark for other upcoming actresses in Hollywood. Apart from her good looks, Posey is also known for her quick wit and sense of humor, although the latter did land her in trouble occasionally. She has worked in a variety of genres including Indie, horror, and comedy, and continues to enthrall audiences with her captivating persona.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Parker Christian Posey

Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Females


father: Chris Posey

mother: Lynda

siblings: Christopher

Born Country: United States

Quotes By Parker Posey Actresses

Height: 5'5" (165 cm), 5'5" Females

City: Baltimore, Maryland

U.S. State: Maryland

More Facts

education: State University of New York at Purchase, R. H. Watkins High School

  • 1

    Where did Parker Posey grow up?

    Parker Posey grew up in Laurel, Mississippi.
  • 2

    What is Parker Posey known for?

    Parker Posey is known for her work as an actress in independent films.
  • 3

    Has Parker Posey written any books?

    Yes, Parker Posey released a memoir titled "You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir" in 2018.
  • 4

    What are some of Parker Posey's notable film roles?

    Some of Parker Posey's notable film roles include characters in movies such as "Party Girl," "Dazed and Confused," and "Best in Show."
  • 5

    Does Parker Posey have any other artistic talents besides acting?

    Yes, Parker Posey is also a talented musician and has played the drums in a band called P on P.
Childhood & Early Life

Parker Christian Posey was born on November 8, 1968, to Lynda, a chef, and Chris Posey, the proprietor of a Chevrolet dealership.

Her father named her after the 1950s model, Suzy Parker, whom he admired. Her grandmother gave her the nickname “Missy” to avoid taunts from fellow students at school.

She has a twin brother, Chris. She studied at R. H. Watkins High School in Laurel, Mississippi.

She enrolled at the State University of New York at Purchase, where she majored in drama. Sherry Stringfield and Orlagh Cassidy, the popular actresses, were her roommates.

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Her acting career started with her role as ‘Tess Shelby’ in the daytime soap opera ‘As the World Turns’ which ran on television from 1991 to 1992.

She made a minor appearance in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, a romantic comedy film by Nora Ephron in 1993 but she went unnoticed as her scenes were cut off from the film.

In 1993, she played a major role in the feature film, ‘Dazed and Confused’, a cult classic starring Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.

She became extremely popular when she started acting in non-studio films like ‘Sleep with Me’ and many others, which earned her the title of ‘Queen of the Indies’.

In 1995, she gained public attention through her lead role in ‘Party Girl’. She then appeared in a number of minor supporting roles and also continued acting in independent films.

Her acting career reached its peak in 1997, with 20 movies in hand, out of which, three were featured at ‘The Sundance Film Festival’. Her performance in ‘The House of Yes’ the same year, was greatly lauded by critics and also won her the ‘Special Recognition Award’.

In 1998, she was cast in a major role in ‘You've Got Mail’, co-starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

She proved her mettle as a comedian with her performance in ‘Best in Show’, an award-winning comedy directed by Christopher Guest in 2000.

She starred in a number of films through the new millennium including ‘Scream 3’, ‘Josie and the Pussycats’, ‘Laws of Attraction’ and ‘Blade: Trinity’.

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She was nominated for the ‘Independent Spirit Award’ for Best Actress in 2007 for her proven acting skills in Zoe Cassavetes' directorial debut ‘Broken English’.

In 2012, she made a celluloid appearance in the HBO film, ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’, where she played the role of the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.

Though dubbed as the ‘Queen of the Indies’, Posey continues to star in roles in other mainstream movies and television shows such as ‘Highland Park,’ ‘Hair Brained,’ ‘And Now a Word From Our Sponsor,’ ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Grace of Monaco,’ ‘Ned Rifle,’ ‘Granite Flats,’ ‘Irrational Man,’ ‘Café Society,’ ‘Mascots,’ and ‘Columbus.’

In 2018, she starred as ‘Gina’ in the heist comedy film ‘The Con Is On’ directed by James Oakley. The film was panned by critics and received a 0% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, she joined the cast of the sci-fi television series ‘Lost in Space’ as ‘June Harris / Zoe Smith.’ The series ran for 3 seasons and aired its final episode in 2021.

She played the role of ‘Marie’ in the American comedy-drama film ‘Elsewhere’ written and directed by Hernán Jiménez. The film holds a 6 out of 10 rating on IMDb. She was next seen in the 2023 comedy horror film ‘Beau Is Afraid’ where she portrayed ‘Elaine Bray.’ The film received mostly positive reviews from critics.

She will be next seen in the upcoming American horror-comedy film ‘The Parenting’ directed by Craig Johnson. She will also appear in the upcoming spy comedy series ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith.’

Major Works

Her performance as ‘Darla Marks’ in the 1993 movie ‘Dazed and Confused’, earned her widespread attention in Hollywood. The movie went on to collect $7,993,039 at the box office and made it to the ‘Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years List’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1996, she won the ‘Sundance Film Festival Award for Special Recognition’ for her role as ‘Jackie-O’ Pascal’ in ‘The House of Yes’.

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In 1997, The Time Magazine honored her with the title, “Queen of the Indies” for her appearance in dozens of independent films.

She was presented the ‘Excellence in Acting Award’ at the Provincetown International Film Festival in 2012.

Personal Life & Legacy

To date, Posey remains single but she has had relationships with celebrities like producer-director Bob Gosse, Zach Leary, actors Stuart Townsend, and the musician, Ryan Adams.

Facts About Parker Posey
Parker Posey is known as the "Queen of Independent Film" for her extensive work in indie movies, showcasing her talent and versatility as an actress.
She is a talented musician and has played the mandolin on several occasions, demonstrating her creativity and passion for the arts.
Parker Posey is a strong advocate for animal rights and has worked with various organizations to raise awareness about animal welfare issues, showcasing her compassion and dedication to making a difference.
In addition to her acting career, Posey is also a published author, having written a book titled "You're on an Airplane," which offers a unique and humorous look at her life and experiences.
She has a great sense of humor and is known for her quick wit and comedic timing, making her a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Parker Posey Movies

1. Dazed and Confused (1993)


2. Waiting for Guffman (1996)


3. Best in Show (2000)


4. A Mighty Wind (2003)

  (Comedy, Music)

5. Columbus (2017)


6. Henry Fool (1997)

  (Comedy, Drama)

7. Kicking and Screaming (1995)

  (Romance, Drama, Comedy)

8. Amateur (1994)

  (Crime, Thriller, Comedy, Drama)

9. Basquiat (1996)

  (Biography, Drama)

10. The Daytrippers (1996)

  (Comedy, Drama)

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