Parker, Sarah Jessica


Parker, Sarah Jessica
▪ 2002

      Although Sarah Jessica Parker struggled to define the rules of dating as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, the American actress knew the secrets to a successful relationship with television viewers: sex, friends, and fashion. In 2001 Parker returned for the highly anticipated fourth season of Sex and the City, and millions tuned in for the candid look at four friends—Bradshaw, Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis)—searching for Mr. Right in New York City. Broadcast on the cable channel HBO, the series offered an uncensored, humorous, and, at times, risqué look at the lives of thirtysomethings. Swearing, nudity, and graphic discussions about sex were common features, as were the cosmopolitan cocktail, Manolo Blahnik high heels, and designer fashions. At the centre was Parker, who combined comedy, sensuality, and compassion to create a character to whom single women could relate. Critics also applauded her performance, and in 2001 she won her second Golden Globe Award for best actress in a television comedy or musical series.

      Parker was born on March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio. Although her family was far from wealthy, young Sarah was encouraged to participate in the arts and took ballet and acting classes as a child. At the age of 11, Parker moved with her family to New York City so that she and her siblings could pursue careers in entertainment. In 1978 she landed the lead role in Broadway's Annie, and she stayed with the musical for some three years. Other stage work followed, and in 1979 she made her film debut in Rich Kids. In 1982 Parker portrayed a high-school nerd in the television series Square Pegs. Although the show lasted only one season, it developed a cultlike following and led to several film offers for Parker, including Footloose (1984) and Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985). Parker continued her work in the theatre, appearing in The Heidi Chronicles (1989), The Substance of Fire (1991), Sylvia (1995), for which she earned critical praise for her portrayal of a dog, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1996), in which she appeared with her longtime boyfriend, Matthew Broderick; the couple married the following year.

      In 1991 Parker's film career received a boost with her performance opposite Steve Martin as the bouncy SanDeE* in L.A. Story. Other movies quickly followed, notably Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), Ed Wood (1994), and The First Wives Club (1996), but the roles failed to establish Parker as a leading lady. That changed, however, with Sex and the City. Premiering in 1998, the series, inspired by the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell, brought Parker unprecedented attention. The show, however, was not without its detractors. In addition to complaints concerning the ribald nature of the show, some charged that it objectified men—Carrie's former boyfriend, for example, is known only as Mr. Big. Others, however, believed that such a role reversal in American television was long overdue.

Amy Tikkanen

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Universalium. 2010.

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