Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965 in Nelsonville , Ohio ) is an American actress .

She began her career on Broadway at a young age and made her first feature films and television films in the 1980s. In the 1990s she gained popularity with films like LA Story (1991), ... but not with my bride - Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) and The Devils Club (1996).

Her final breakthrough came with the role of sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw in the series Sex and the City (1998-2004), for which she a. a. received an Emmy , four Golden Globes, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards .

Since the series ended, Parker has starred in such films as The Stone Family. (2005) and Seduced to Undress (2006). She achieved her greatest commercial success with the films Sex and the City - Der Film (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010).

According to US magazine Forbes , Parker received fees of $ 30 million from 2010 to 2011, making her the highest-paid actress in Hollywood alongside Angelina Jolie .

life and career

Early years and beginnings of the career

Sarah Jessica Parker is the fourth child of Stephen Parker, a writer, and Barbara, an elementary school teacher. After their parents' divorce in 1969, Parker stayed with her mother, who soon remarried and the family moved to Cincinnati . Her mother's second marriage to truck driver Paul Forste had four more children.

Parker and her siblings were raised in the Jewish faith. Although the family of nine was intermittently on welfare, Parker's mother helped her and her siblings take ballet, singing, and acting classes.

Parker made her acting debut at the age of eight in a small role in the 1974 television movie The Little Match Girl . 1976 were she and her brother Timothy Britten "Toby" Parker roles in the Broadway -Stück The Innocents , prompting the family to the East Coast moved. Parallel to her engagement at the theater, Parker attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School.

In 1979 she received the title role in the Broadway musical Annie , in which she played until early January 1983. She also attended Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood , New Jersey . However, she graduated from Hollywood High School in Los Angeles in 1983 .

In 1982 she and her later Sex-and-the-City colleague, Cynthia Nixon, played supporting roles in the television film This is my child! with Vanessa Redgrave in the lead role. From 1982 to 1983 Parker played a leading role in the television series Square Pegs and received a nomination for the Young Artist Award for best young actress in a comedy series. Square Pegs was canceled after just one season.

Career in the 1980s and 1990s

She played her first leading role in the fantasy drama Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983). On February 17, 1984, Footloose came to US cinemas with Kevin Bacon in the lead role. For her acting performance in the commercially successful dance film, Parker was again nominated for the Young Artist Award in 1985, this time for best young actress in a supporting role, but the award went to Elisabeth Shue for her performance in Karate Kid . Parker was then featured in Moving In - An Almost Intact Family (1984). 1985 Parker played alongside Helen Hunt in with lipstick and ice cream and a year later she was in the Walt Disney production Flight of the Navigator to see.

In the late 1980s she took on some roles in television films such as Dada Means Death (1988 ) starring Julie Christie and Life Under Water (1989) with Keanu Reeves . She finally drew the attention of the film industry with her role as the lively lover SanDeE * in the Steve Martin comedy LA Story (1991). In an interview with the Chicago Tribune , Parker said, "I had never played that type of role and it changed the way producers perceive me."

She became a wider audience through the films ... but not with my bride - Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) alongside Nicolas Cage , Hocus Pocus (1993) with Bette Midler , Ed Wood (1994) alongside Johnny Depp , Der Club der Devils (1996) alongside Diane Keaton , Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler and Mars Attacks! (1996) known as Jack Nicholson , Pierce Brosnan , Danny DeVito, and Glenn Close .

In addition to her work in Hollywood, Parker also appeared again on Broadway in the 1990s. From March 1995 to July 1996 she played in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and from December 1996 to June 1997 she had a role in the play Once Upon a Mattress .

Sex and the City

In the mid-1990s, television producer Darren Star planned a new series about the lives and loves of four New York women in their mid- thirties, based on Candace Bushnell's column Sex and the City , which was published in the New York Observer from 1994 to 1996 and later as a book.

When Sarah Jessica Parker was offered the role of sex - columnist Carrie Bradshaw to play, they initially hesitated before making a large change from the big screen to the TV screen. Eventually, however, she agreed and signed the contract, which contained a so-called "nude clause" especially for her, according to which Parker did not have to show himself completely naked during the numerous sex scenes, but was allowed to stand in front of the camera in underwear.

The first episode of the 94-part HBO - television series Sex and the City (1998-2004) was aired in the US on June 6, 1998th The stories about Carrie, Samantha ( Kim Cattrall ), Miranda ( Cynthia Nixon ) and Charlotte ( Kristin Davis ) soon attracted millions of viewers worldwide, mostly female viewers, to the television screen and Parker was recognized for her acting performance in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004 with the Golden Globe and 2004 Emmy Award.

The series won soon cult status and Parker became supported by the costume designer and stylist Patricia Field for fashion - icon . From the second season, Parker also worked as a producer of some episodes. In February 2004 the series was discontinued after six successful years and Parker justified the move by saying that they wanted to quit while the series was still successful. According to some newspaper reports, however, the real reason for the end was the private conflict between Parker and Cattrall. The actresses had permanently courted the public interest and better pay, so that further cooperation became impossible.

Career from 2005

After the end of Sex and the City , she returned with The Stone Family. (2005) returned to the big screen alongside Luke Wilson , Rachel McAdams , Diane Keaton and Dermot Mulroney, and Claire Danes . The film proved to be extremely successful commercially, with gross revenues of $ 92.2 million worldwide, despite mixed reviews. A year later, she starred alongside Matthew McConaughey , Zooey Deschanel, and Kathy Bates in Seduced To Undress, and in 2008 she starred in Smart People and the drama Spinning Into Butter .

Rumors of a film adaptation of Sex and the City made the rounds shortly after the series finale, but in 2007 the cinema plans became concrete and filming began in autumn 2007. Sex and the City - The film was released in May 2008 and won with a worldwide grossing of $ 415.2 million a huge success.

Parker then starred opposite Hugh Grant in the comedy Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009), which, however, could not convince either critics or moviegoers.

Parker with her husband Matthew Broderick in New York, 2009

With a production budget of US $ 100 million, filming began on Sex and the City 2 in New York and Morocco in 2009 . With a worldwide grossing of US $ 288.3 million and bad reviews, the second series adaptation fell well short of general expectations.

In 2010, the actress hosted the Bambi Awards in Potsdam and, as a surprise, was awarded the media prize herself.

Further film and television appearances followed. She has appeared in the Divorce series since 2016 .

Parker is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, according to Forbes Magazine . Between June 2007 and June 2008, she received fees amounting to 18 million US dollars and ranked in order behind Cameron Diaz , Keira Knightley , Jennifer Aniston , Reese Witherspoon , Gwyneth Paltrow and Jodie Foster in seventh place. In 2011, she and Angelina Jolie took the top position in a new Forbes ranking with annual salaries of 30 million US dollars each.

Private life

Sarah Jessica Parker and her film partner Robert Downey, Jr. became a couple while filming Moving In (1984), and the relationship lasted seven years. She then dated Nicolas Cage , whom she met while filming Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), and John F. Kennedy, Jr. , for a short time .

On May 19, 1997, Parker married her colleague Matthew Broderick , whom she had met at the New York Naked Angels Theater Company, of which her two brothers Pippin and Timothy Parker were co-founders. The couple lives with a son (born October 28, 2002) and twin daughters (born June 23, 2009) in New York. The twins were carried by a surrogate mother .


Awards (selection)

Parker, 2003

American Comedy Award

  • 2000: Nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series for Sex and the City
  • 2001: Nomination for her appearance at the MTV Movie Awards 2000


  • 2010: “Surprise Bambi” for her achievements in the film business

Emmy Award

Golden Globe Award

Hasty Pudding Theatricals

  • 2002: Awarded Woman of the Year

Satellite Award

Screen Actors Guild Award

  • 2000, 2002, 2005: Nomination for best leading actress in a comedy series for Sex and the City
  • 2001: Best Actress in a Comedy Series Award for Sex and the City
  • 2001, 2003, 2005: Nomination for best ensemble in a comedy series for Sex and the City together with Kim Cattrall , Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon
  • 2002, 2004: Award for best ensemble in a comedy series for Sex and the City together with Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon

Young Artist Award

  • 1984: Nominated for Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series for Square Pegs
  • 1985: Nomination for best young actress in a comedy or a musical, drama or adventure film for Footloose

Negative prices

  • In November 2007 she was named "The Unsexiest Woman Alive" by the US edition of Maxim magazine .
  • In spring 2008, Sarah Jessica Parker came 8th in the FHM magazine's “Unsexiest Woman Alive” poll .
  • In February 2011 she won the Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress for Sex and the City 2 (together with Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon)
  • In February 2011 she won the Golden Raspberry for being part of the worst ensemble for Sex and the City 2


  • Kimberly Calhoun: Sarah Jessica Parker: Hollywood Collection. A tribute in photographs. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-89602-881-5
  • Brandon Hurst: Sarah Jessica Parker. A-Jot, October 2008, ISBN 978-1-905904-59-4 (English)
  • Marc Shapiro: Sarah Jessica Parker. Ecw Press, September 2001, ISBN 978-1-55022-467-2 (English)
  • Amy Sohn: Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell. Gallery Books, February 2004, ISBN 978-0-7434-5730-9 (English)

Web links

Commons : Sarah Jessica Parker  - Collection of Images

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