Name : Sarah Jessica Parker
Birthdate :     25 March 1965
Birthplace :  Nelsonville, Ohio
Height : 5′ 4”
Education : American Ballet Theatre
Professional Children’s School, New York
Nationality : American
Occupation : Actress
Best Known As : The star of TV’s Sex and the City

Why Is She Famous?

As sex-crazed columnist Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, Sarah caught the attention of men and women on a weekly basis for six years; women wanted to have as much fun as she did, while men wanted a girlfriend who was just as cool.

Sarah Jessica Parker was born on March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio, to Stephen Parker and Barbra Forste (who married Paul Forste after divorcing Sarah’s father). Sarah’s mother had four more children with Forste, so Sarah has three full siblings and four 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.

sarah jessica gets her first tv role

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 before being cast as one of the lead roles in the 1982 sitcom Square Pegs, as high schooler Patty Greene.
Once a graduate, Sarah decided to pursue a full-time acting career rather than further her education. Since Square Pegs didn’t last more than a year, Sarah moved on to supporting film roles in movies such as Somewhere Tomorrow (1983), Footloose (1984), Firstborn (1984), and the lead role in the teenage chick flick Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985).

sarah jessica in l.a. story

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, The Room Upstairs, Dadah is Death, and Equal Justice, Sarah finally landed the role of Steve Martin’s bubbly lover in the 1991 comedy, L.A. Story.
More substantial film roles soon followed, starting with a role opposite Nicolas Cage in 1992’s Honeymoon in Vegas (which foreshadowed her comedic talent), Hocus Pocus (1993), Striking Distance (1993), opposite Bruce Willis, and Ed Wood (1994). A big Woody Allen fan, she starred opposite the renowned filmmaker in the TV movie The Sunshine Boys in 1995 and that same year she landed a starring role in Miami Rhapsody.
1996 was a film intensive year with roles in The First Wives Clubs, If Lucy Fell, Extreme Measures, and Mars Attacks!. 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-nominated Once Upon a Mattress.

sarah jessica on sex and the city

But Sarah’s star has shot up since her portrayal of Manhattan sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO series Sex and the City, which was on the air from 1998 to 2004. The fact that she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series four times, as well as the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2004, only underscores the fact that she played the role of Carrie as though it were literally written for her. (By the way, the female singer she made out with on an episode of the show was Alanis Morissette).

During her stint on Sex and the City, Sarah continued to appear on the big screen in movies like Dudley Do-Right (1999), State and Main (2000), and Life Without Dick (2001). Since Sex and the City went off the air in 2004, she has added Strangers with Candy (2005), The Family Stone (2005) and Failure to Launch (2006) to her resume.

sarah jessica and matthew broderick

She may have portrayed the role of single, man-hunting Carrie in the Emmy-winning Sex and the City, but Sarah has been happily married to fellow actor Matthew Broderick, with whom she has a child, since 1997. She has had her share of famous lovers though, including Robert Downey Jr. (who she also lived with), and the late John F. Kennedy Jr.

In her spare time, Sarah is a member of Hollywood’s Women’s Political Committee, and is UNICEF’s representative for the Performing Arts.

Though she was never necessarily a critical favorite, Sarah Jessica Parker did win an Emmy and four Golden Globes for her performance on Sex and the City, an HBO show that shot Sarah’s status through the stratosphere. Men and women alike were disappointed when the show came to an end in 2004.

Her career includes dozens of big screen roles with more to come in the near future. Her big break can be invariably linked to her performance in the Steve Martin comedy L.A. Story (1991), where she played his hyper girlfriend. Like a Hollywood urban legend, she went from obscurity to instant recognition overnight.

Nowadays, she can’t even leave her apartment, which she shares with husband Matthew Broderick (man, we loved Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), without being recognized. One thing we’re sure she loves about the fame she acquired through Sex and the City, however, is the ability to take control of her career. No more Burger King commercials — now she can choose her next movie role: nun or hooker. Isn’t life grand?

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