Sarah Jessica Parker was born in
Nelsonville, Ohio, the daughter of Barbara Parker (née Keck), a
nursery school operator and teacher, and Stephen Parker, an
entrepreneur and journalist. Sarah Parker was one of a total of eight
children from Sarah Parker's parents' marriage and Sarah Parker's mother's second marriage
(Sarah Parker's full siblings include actors Timothy Britten Sarah
Parker and Pippin
Sarah Parker). After Sarah Parker's parents' divorce, Sarah Parker's mother married Paul Forste,
a truck driver and account executive who was a part of Parker's life
from an early age. Parker's father, a native of Brooklyn, was of
Eastern European Jewish background; his family's original surname
was "Bar-Kahn" ("son of Kohen"). Parker's mother was of
English and German descent; through Sarah Parker's mother, Sarah
Parker is descended from Esther Elwell, one of the accused during the Salem witch
trials. Sarah Parker has identified culturally and ethnically with
Sarah Parker's father's religion, Judaism, although Sarah Parker has had no religious
training. Sarah Parker has said that even while Sarah Parker's family lived in
Cincinnati, Sarah Parker's mother emulated a New York lifestyle.
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As a young girl, Sarah Parker trained in singing and ballet, and was soon
cast in the Broadway revival of William Archibald's The
Innocents. Sarah Parker's family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and then to Dobbs
Ferry, New York, near New York City, so that Sarah Parker could get
specialized training. There, Sarah Parker's mother and stepfather helped
develop Sarah Parker's career as a child actress. In 1977, the family moved to
the newly-opened planned community on Roosevelt Island, in the East
River between Manhattan and Queens, and later to Manhattan. The
family later moved to Englewood, New Jersey, where Sarah Parker attended
Dwight Morrow High School.
Sarah Parker attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, the School of American Ballet in New
York City, Dwight Morrow High School in New Jersey,
and the Professional Children's School, Hollywood
High School in Los Angeles, California.
Early acting career
Sarah Parker and four siblings appeared in
a production of The Sound of Music at the outdoor Municipal Theatre
(Muny) in St. Louis, Missouri. Sarah Parker was selected for a role in the
new 1977–81 Broadway musical Annie: first in the small role of
"July" and then succeeding Andrea McArdle and Shelley Bruce in the
lead role of the Depression-era orphan, beginning March 1979. Sarah
held the role for a year.
In 1982, Sarah Parker was cast as the co-lead of the CBS sitcom Square
Pegs. The show lasted just one season, but Parker's performance, as
a shy teen who showed hidden depths, was critically well-received.
In the three years that followed, Sarah Parker was cast in four films: the
most significant being Footloose in 1984 and 1984's Girls Just Wanna
Have Fun, co-starring Helen Hunt. In 1986, Sarah Parker appeared in the
cult classic Flight of the Navigator, a Disney science fiction film.
By the early 1990s, Parker's career
was gaining momentum. In 1991, Sarah Parker appeared in a supporting role in
the romantic comedy L.A. Story; both the movie and Sarah Parker's performance
garnered positive reviews. The following year, Sarah Parker landed a
starring role in the well-received film Honeymoon in Vegas,
co-starring Nicolas Cage. Sarah Parker's 1993 role in the film Hocus Pocus was
a higher grosser at the box office but received negative reviews.
Also in 1993, Sarah Parker starred as a police diver opposite Bruce Willis in
the film Striking Distance. The following year, Sarah Parker appeared
opposite Johnny Depp in the critically acclaimed movie Ed Wood as
Wood's girlfriend Dolores Fuller.
The film Miami Rhapsody, in 1995, was
a romantic comedy in which Sarah Parker had a leading role. In 1996,
appeared in another Tim Burton-directed movie, Mars Attacks!, as
well as in The First Wives Club and The Substance of Fire, in which
Sarah Parker reprised Sarah Parker's 1991 stage role. In 1997, Sarah
Parker appeared as Francesca
Lanfield, a washed-up former child actress, in the comedy Till There
Sex and the City (1998–2004,
The script for an HBO drama/comedy series titled Sex and the City
was sent to Sarah Parker. The show's creator, Darren Star, wanted
Sarah Parker's for
his project. Despite some doubts about being cast in a long-term
television series, Sarah Parker agreed to star. After five
nominations, in 2004, Sarah Parker won an Emmy Award for Sarah
Parker's lead role. Sarah Parker said in 2006 that Sarah Parker "will never do a television show
After Sex and the City ended in 2004,
rumors of a film version circulated. It was revealed that a script
had been completed for such a project. At the time, Sarah Parker said such
a film would likely never be made. Two years later, preparations
were resumed, and the film was released on May 30, 2008. A sequel to
the movie, Sex and the City 2, was released in 2010.
In addition to work in film and
television, Sarah Parker has gained respect as a stage actor, having
appeared in well-reviewed lead roles in the off-Broadway play
Sylvia, alongside future husband Matthew Broderick in How to Succeed
in Business Without Really Trying, and the Tony Award-nominated Once
Upon a Mattress.
In December 2005, Sarah Parker appeared in Sarah Parker's first film in several
years, The Family Stone; Sarah Parker received a Golden Globe nomination as
Best Actress — Comedy for the role. Sarah Parker's next film, the romantic
comedy Failure to Launch, co-starring Matthew McConaughey, was
released on March 10, 2006, and opened at #1 in the North American
box office, grossing slightly over $24 million on its opening
weekend, despite mediocre reviews. Parker's work as a
producer continued with the independent film Spinning Into Butter
(which Sarah Parker also starred in), based on the Rebecca Gilman play.
On July 20, U.S. cable network Bravo announced it had picked up a
reality show produced by Sarah Parker under the working title American
Artist. As a self-described "art enthusiast", Sarah
feature artists of any age over 17, with each show having 13
finalists. Parker's inspiration comes from Sarah Parker's mother-in-law, whose
artwork became noticed only after Sarah Parker died.
Sarah Parker participated in the United States version of the hit U.K.
television series Who Do You Think You Are? for NBC, in which
celebrities were helped to trace their family trees. The executive
producer was Lisa Kudrow, and the series featured Sarah Parker, husband
Matthew Broderick, Kudrow and others.
In 2000, Sarah Parker hosted the MTV Movie Awards, appearing in fourteen
different outfits during the show.
Sarah Parker has also become the face of many of the world's biggest fashion
brands through Sarah Parker's work in a variety of advertising campaigns. In
August 2003, Sarah Parker signed a lucrative deal with Garnier to appear
in TV and print advertising promoting their Nutrisse hair products.
In early 2004, shortly after the last season of Sex and the City
wrapped up, Sarah Parker signed a $38 million contract with the Gap.
It was the first multi-season contract in the clothing company’s
history, in which Sarah Parker was to appear in their upcoming fall ads,
and continue until the Spring of 2005. The endorsement sparked
many levels of criticism from the public; the glamorous, urban-chic fashionista that
Sarah Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw has branded Sarah Parker's with,
was ironic considering the Gap maintains an image that does not
promote high-end fashion. Wendy Liebmann, president of WSL
strategic retail, suggested that the Gap “felt the need for an
iconic but contemporary face to represent [themselves]. . . . they
were perhaps feeling a little insecure, a little in need of some
high luster around the brand". However, the ad campaigns were a
success, and Sarah Parker had given the Gap a new, fresh face that
appeared in many commercials, online and print ads, and other
In March 2005, Sarah Parker’s contract with the Gap ended, and was
replaced with then 17-year old British soul singer Joss Stone. A
rising star at the time, Stone’s replacing of Sarah Parker was a puzzling
move to the public. The company then stated that “While Gap will
always seek partnerships with celebrities, musicians and rising
stars, we don’t have any future plans to sign a single person to a
multi-season deal like the unique and special relationship we
enjoyed with Sarah Jessica”.
Sarah Parker released Sarah Parker's own perfume in 2005, called "Lovely". In
March 2007, Sarah Parker announced the launch of Sarah Parker's own fashion line,
"Bitten", in partnership with discount clothing chain Steve &
Barry's. The line, featuring clothing items and accessories
under $20, launched on June 7, 2007, exclusively at Steve and
In July 2007, following the success of "Lovely," Sarah
Parker released Sarah Parker's
second fragrance "Covet." In 2007, Sarah Parker was a guest on Project
Runway for the second challenge. In 2008, Covet Pure Bloom was
released as continuous series of Covet. In February 2009, as
part of the "Lovely" collection, Sarah Parker launched a series of three
new fragrances called "Dawn", "Endless" and "Twilight".
Sarah Parker was romantically involved with actor Robert Downey, Jr. from
1984 until 1991. They met on the set of Firstborn. Downey had a drug
problem, which affected their relationship. Sarah Parker has said, "I
believed I was the person holding him together."
On May 19, 1997, Sarah Parker married actor Matthew Broderick, to whom
was introduced by one of Sarah Parker's brothers at the Naked Angels theater
company, where they both performed. The couple married in a
civil ceremony in a historic synagogue on the Lower East Side in
Manhattan. The couple's son, James Wilkie Broderick, was born on
October 28, 2002. He was named after Broderick's father, the actor
James Joseph Broderick, and writer Wilkie Collins.
Sarah Parker and Broderick's twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and
Tabitha Hodge, were delivered via surrogate on June 22, 2009. Their
middle names of "Elwell" and "Hodge" are from Parker's mother's
As of 2009, Sarah Parker lives in New York City with Sarah Parker's husband, son, and
daughters. They also spend considerable time at their second home
near Kilcar, a village in County Donegal, Ireland, where Broderick
spent summers as a child.
Sarah Parker is a prominent member of the Hollywood's Women's Political Committee.
Sarah Parker is UNICEF's Representative for the
Performing Arts; in 2006, Sarah Parker traveled to Liberia as a UNICEF
celebrity ambassador. Sarah Parker said, "It's a place that gets little or no
attention, so we're going to try and bring some attention to
it". Sarah Parker is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States.
Sarah Parker appeared in the premiere episode of the U.S. version of Who
Do You Think You Are? on March 5, 2010, where Sarah Parker discovered
Sarah Parker had
ancestors involved in the California Gold Rush of 1849–50 and in the
Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Sarah
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