Sarah Jessica Parker Biography
Sarah Jessica Parker was born March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio, to parents Stephen Parker and Barbra Forste (who remarried Paul Forste after divorcing Sarah's father). After her mother wed Forste, she had four more children, bringing the total to eight. Sarah Jessica now had 3 full siblings and 4 half siblings. Trained in singing and ballet, Sarah was cast in the Broadway production of "The Innocents", which prompted her family to relocate to New Jersey. Already a professional performer (she studied at the American Ballet School and the Professional Children's School), Sarah was cast in "The Sound of Music" (along with four of her siblings), and landed the lead in the Broadway run of "Annie". After a year as the free-spirited orphan, Sarah attended Dwight Morrow High School, while continuing to add more credits to her acting resume. She landed a role in the made-for-TV movie My Body, My Child (1982) (TV), before being cast as one of the lead roles in the 1982 sitcom "Square Pegs" (1982), as high-schooler Patty Green. Once a graduate, Sarah decided to pursue a full-time acting career rather than further her education. Since "Square Pegs" (1982) didn't last more than a year, Sarah moved on to supporting film roles in movies such as Footloose (1984), Firstborn (1984), and the lead role in the teenage film Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985). Sarah was having lots of fun, although she had yet to land a star-turning role. After more television appearances in series and made-for-TV movies including "A Year in the Life" (1986) (mini), The Room Upstairs (1987) (TV) and Dadah Is Death (1988) (TV), Sarah finally landed the role of Steve Martin's bubbly lover in the 1991 comedy L.A. Story (1991). More substantial film roles soon followed, starting with a role opposite Nicolas Cage in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) (which foreshadowed her comedic talent), Hocus Pocus (1993) and Ed Wood (1994). A big Woody Allen fan, she starred opposite the renowned filmmaker in the TV movie The Sunshine Boys (1995) (TV), and that same year, she landed a starring role in Miami Rhapsody (1995). 1996 was a film intensive year with roles in The First Wives Club (1996), If Lucy Fell (1996), and Mars Attacks! (1996). All the while making a name for herself in film, Sarah was gaining respect as a theater actress, with her lead role as a dog (hard to imagine, but true) in the off-Broadway "Sylvia," and her Broadway roles in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (starring her present husband, Matthew Broderick), and the Tony-Award nominated "Once Upon a Mattress." But Sarah's star has shot up since her portrayal of Manhattan sex-columnist Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO series "Sex and the City" (1998). Sarah's Golden Globe Best Actress victory in 2000 only underscores the fact that she plays the role of Carrie as though it were literally written for her. Sarah has been happily married to fellow actor Matthew Broderick for quite a while now. Before the marriage, she dated Robert Downey Jr. (who she also lived with), and the late John Kennedy Jr. When not serving as lead actress and producer of "Sex and the City" (1998), Sarah is a member of Hollywood's Women's Political Committee, and is UNICEF's representative for the Performing Arts.
Spouse - Matthew Broderick (19 May 1997 - present) 1 child
More Interesting Information for Sarah Jessica Parker
Hosted The 2000 MTV Movie Awards (2000) (TV), and changed into 15 different outfits throughout the show.
Appeared as a special guest star in several episodes of _"Shalom Sesame" (1997)_ , the Israeli version of "Sesame Street" (1969).
Made her first TV special at the age of 8.
Sometimes Credited As: Sarah J. Parker
Lived with Robert Downey Jr. from 1984 to 1991.
Played "Annie" during the original Broadway run of Annie. Was third in the list of girls to play her.
Dated John Kennedy Jr.
Dated singer/songwriter Joshua Kadison. After the break-up Kadison wrote the song "Jessie" in the early 90s about dealing with the break-up.
Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001."
Named the 52nd annual Woman of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals on February 7, 2002.
Son James Wilke Broderick born at Lenox Hill Hospital, in Manhattan. [October 28, 2002]
Has been close friends with actor Willie Garson for over 15 years.
Has a brother, Aaron D. Forste, who is a production assistant on "Sex and the City" (1998).
Prefers British TV comedies, especially "Fawlty Towers" (1975) and "Absolutely Fabulous" (1992)
Is one of eight children: brothers Timothy Britten Parker and Pippin Parker, sister Rachel Parker, half-brothers Aaron D. Forste and Andrew Forste, and half-sisters Megan Forste and Allegra Forste.
After ending her television run of "Sex and the City" (1998), she negotiated a multi-million dollar contract to do advertisements for The Gap clothing; a brand she never wore once in her entire "Sex and the City" (1998) show!
Attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in Cincinnati with Rocky Carroll.
Played a role in the original stage production of "The Heidi Chronicles," only to be replaced when the show moved to Broadway...by Cynthia Nixon, her "Sex and the City" (1998) co-star. Kim Cattrall played a role in the 1995 film version of the play. That makes Kristin Davis the only regular cast member of "Sex and the City" (1998) not to appear in some adaptation of the play.
Finally won an Emmy in 2004 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, after five consecutive losses.
Is the only one out of the four main female actresses of "Sex and the City" (1998) not to have done any nudity in the show, because she has a strict no-nudity clause in her contract.
She grew up having to share clothes with siblings and having only one or two pair of shoes for the entire year. She developed a "shoe fetish" that was also shared by her character on "Sex and the City" (1998). Parker admitted that she has a closet at her home just for her footwear!
Was introduced to husband Matthew Broderick through her brother, Timothy Britten Parker.
Many gambling and betting establishments actually stopped accepting some bets on Sarah Jessica Parker for the 2004 Primetime Emmys because she was so widely predicted to walk away with an Emmy award, and she did.
Very close friends with actor 'Ron Rifkin; .
Ranked #39 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
Hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2000 and did a spoof with her costars in Sex and the City called Sex and the Matrix.
Has a new fragrance, called Lovely
After her multi-million dollar contract with the Gap was terminated, she rebounded by joining the ranks of J-Lo, Paris Hilton and Joan Collins by marketing herself and coming out with her own perfume, for which she is being paid in the seven figure range.
Manolo Blahnik named a shoe in her honor, the SJP.
Andie Macdowell beat her for the role of Carrie in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Her son, James Wilkie, was named after Broderick's father James, and after Wilkie Collins who is a favorite writer of both parents.
A member of the Hollywood Women's Political Committee.
Celebrated her 40th birthday at the Plaza. Among the guests were Kyra Sedgwick, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Noth, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Nathan Lane.
"Sex and the City" (1998) made her a fashion icon to women all over the world due to her extravagant New Yorkian style.
Personal quotes from Sarah Jessica Parker
"Thank you. I've never won anything in my life." - on winning her 2000 Golden Globe Award for "Sex and the City" (1998)
"I tell my friends married life is boring, but that's just a fun thing to say to make single people feel better."
"Sarah Jessica is fine, Sarah, SJP, SJ, hey you, anything." [on how to address her]
"The hardest part of leaving the show ["Sex and the City" (1998)] was this endless gypsy-like life that I'm back into, where it's like being the new kid in school all the time, which for some people is very easy but for me is not. I don't really like change, and I would like everything to be the same constantly, except that I love being terrified."
"Celebrity and the media are reliant on each other - always have been - but we have lost the elegance in that relationship, somehow."
"Fashion is a part of my work. I feel a responsibility to be presentable, to dress up if the occasion calls for it. But, really, fashion does not play that big a role in my life these days."
"One of the things that's great about New York is that it is not a one-industry town. It has education, academia, the service industry, arts, publishing, theater, politics, fashion, finance, as well as movie-making. There are so many people who are cogs in the great wheel of the city that a less bright light is shone on our lives. It still exists - there are always paparazzi at our house - but being a public person feels less like a business than it does in LA. And you have to approach it differently. I can't hide behind gates, or in a car, but if I can get a few yards from my front door, I can still get lost in a crowd. I am always moments, just moments, from obscurity on a crowded street in New York."
"I get the feeling people are disappointed with me because I don't have the answers for them. I have to remind them that I don't have a Ph.D. in sex or counseling.
Sarah Jessica Parker Filmography
Actress - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s)
Plot Outline: A young married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds
hidden video cameras in their room. They realize that unless they escape, they'll be
the next victims of a snuff film
Slammer (2007) .... Maggie Ray
Plot Outline: While imprisoned in Sing Sing on trumped-up charges, a publicist (Parker)
stages an all-inmate musical.
Spinning Into Butter (2006) .... Sarah Daniels
Plot Outline: A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean
(Parker) in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice,
while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies
Failure to Launch (2006) .... Paula
The Family Stone (2005) .... Meredith Morton
Strangers with Candy (2005) .... Grief Counselor Peggy Callas
"Sex and the City" .... Carrie Bradshaw
- An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux (2004) TV Episode .... Carrie Bradshaw
- An American Girl in Paris: Part Une (2004) TV Episode .... Carrie Bradshaw
- Splat! (2004) TV Episode .... Carrie Bradshaw
- The Cold War (2004) TV Episode .... Carrie Bradshaw
- Out of the Frying Pan (2004) TV Episode .... Carrie Bradshaw
Life Without Dick (2002) .... Colleen Gibson
5th Annual Prism Awards (2001) (TV) .... Presenter
State and Main (2000) .... Claire Wellesley
... aka Séquences et conséquences (France)
Sex and the Matrix (2000) (TV) .... Carrie Bradshaw
Dudley Do-Right (1999) .... Nell Fenwick
"Stories from My Childhood" (voice)
... aka Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories from My Childhood (USA: complete title)
- Cinderella (????) TV Episode (voice) .... Narrator
'Til There Was You (1997) .... Francesca Lanfield
Mars Attacks! (1996) .... Nathalie Lake
Extreme Measures (1996) .... Jodie Trammel
The First Wives Club (1996) .... Shelly Stewart
The Substance of Fire (1996) .... Sarah Geldhart
If Lucy Fell (1996) .... Lucy Ackerman
Miami Rhapsody (1995) .... Gwyn Marcus
The Sunshine Boys (1995) (TV) .... Nancy Clark
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode #20.5 (1994) TV Episode .... Host
Ed Wood (1994) .... Dolores Fuller
Striking Distance (1993) .... Jo Christman
Hocus Pocus (1993) .... Sarah Sanderson
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) .... Betsy/Donna
In the Best Interest of the Children (1992) (TV) .... Callie Cain
L.A. Story (1991) .... SanDeE*
"Equal Justice" (1990) TV Series .... Jo Ann Harris
Equal Justice (1990) (TV) .... Jo Ann Harris
The Ryan White Story (1989) (TV) .... Laura
Pursuit (1989) (TV) .... Miriam
... aka Twist of Fate (USA)
Life Under Water (1989) (TV) .... Amy-Beth
Dadah Is Death (1988) (TV) .... Rachel Goldman
... aka Barlow and Chambers: A Long Way from Home
... aka Deadly Decision
"A Year in the Life" (1987) TV Series .... Kay Ericson Gardner
The Room Upstairs (1987) (TV) .... Mandy Janovic
Flight of the Navigator (1986) .... Carolyn McAdams
... aka The Navigator (Norway)
... aka Arthur Hailey's Hotel
- Hearts Divided (1986) TV Episode .... Rachel
"A Year in the Life" (1986) (mini) TV Series .... Kay Erickson
Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story (1985) (TV) .... Maggie
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) .... Janey Glenn
Firstborn (1984) .... Lisa
... aka First Born
... aka Moving In (Europe: English title: video title)
The Almost Royal Family (1984) (TV) .... Suzanne Henderson
... aka Afterschool Special: The Almost Royal Family (USA: series title)
Footloose (1984) .... Rusty
"Square Pegs" .... Patty Greene
- No Substitutions (1983) TV Episode .... Patty Greene
Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983) .... Lori Anderson
My Body, My Child (1982) (TV) (as Sarah J. Parker) .... Katy
- Hot/Cold: Heat and Work (1980) TV Episode .... Annie
- Hot/Cold: Animal and Plant Adaptations (1980) TV Episode .... Annie
- Hot/Cold: People's Temperatures (1980) TV Episode .... Annie
"Drawing Power" (1980) TV Series .... Voice (all female children, songs)
Rich Kids (1979) (scenes deleted)
The Little Match Girl (1974) (TV) .... Little Match Girl
Filmography as: Actress, Producer, Miscellaneous Crew, Herself, Archive Footage
Producer - filmography
(In Production) (2000s)
Spinning Into Butter (2006) (post-production) (producer)
"Sex and the City"
- Just Say Yes (2001) TV Episode (co-executive producer)
- Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda (2001) TV Episode (co-executive producer)
- Belles of the Ball (2001) TV Episode (co-executive producer)
- Sex and the Country (2001) TV Episode (co-executive producer)
- My Motherboard, My Self (2001) TV Episode (co-executive producer)
Filmography as: Actress, Producer, Miscellaneous Crew, Herself, Archive Footage
Miscellaneous Crew - filmography
"Sex and the City" (1998) TV Series (executive consultant) (uncredited)
Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983) (singer: "Finding You" and "Tell Me Why")