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Jennifer O'Neill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the daughter of a Spanish-Irish businessman and his English wife.
As a teenager, O'Neill started to work as a model and appeared in TV commercials and on magazine covers. In 1968 she landed a small role in For the Love of Ivy. In 1970 she played a minor role in Rio Lobo, starring John Wayne. After her success in Summer of '42 in 1971, in which she plays the young widow of a soldier killed in war, O'Neill became a well-known Hollywood actress, and continued acting for the next two decades, but was seldom offered roles which challenged her abilities.
O'Neill had more success in TV movies, including notable performances in Love's Savage Fury and in Bare Essence.
More recently, O'Neill started to write, and has published From Fallen To Forgiven, a book of biographical notes and philosophical thoughts about life and existence.
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More recently, O'Neill started to write, and has published From Fallen To Forgiven, a book of biographical notes and philosophical thoughts about life and existence. West Wing episode guide (http://www.tvtome.com/WestWing). O'Neill had more success in TV movies, including notable performances in Love's Savage Fury and in Bare Essence. Yahoo! Links directory (http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Actors_and_Actresses/Parker__Mary_Louise/). After her success in Summer of '42 in 1971, in which she plays the young widow of a soldier killed in war, O'Neill became a well-known Hollywood actress, and continued acting for the next two decades, but was seldom offered roles which challenged her abilities. Humourous recaps of The West Wing (http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show.cgi?show=4). In 1970 she played a minor role in Rio Lobo, starring John Wayne. IMDb Entry (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000571/).
In 1968 she landed a
small role in For the Love of Ivy. Butterfly in Reverse lyrics (http://www.lyricsdomain.com/3/counting_crows/butterfly_in_reverse.html). As a teenager, O'Neill started to work as a model and appeared in TV commercials and on magazine covers.
For the Love of Ivy (1968). Appeared in a Bonnie Raitt music video entitled You Got It. Futz! (1969). 2004 - Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, for Angels in America. Rio Lobo (1970). 2004 - Golden Globe Award Winner for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, for Angels in America. Summer of '42 (1971). 2004 - Golden Satellite Award nominee for Best Performance by an Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, for Angels in America.
Such Good Friends (1971). 2004 - Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries, for Angels in America. Glass Houses (1972). 2003 - Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for The West Wing. The Carey Treatment (1972). 2002 - Emmy award nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, for The West Wing. Lady Ice (1973). 2001 - Tony award winner, for Proof.
Whiffs (1975). 2000 - Genie award nomination, for The Five Senses. The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975). 1990 - Tony award nomination, for Prelude to a Kiss. Gente di
Call Girl (1976). The pilot for the show - about a suburban mother who, following the death of her husband, decides to sell marijuana to make money, while also attempting to maintain her profile in the community - was filmed last year, with 10 additional episodes ordered. 7 Note in Nero (1977). Filming begins next month on the first season of Showtime's black comedy Weeds. Caravans (1978). Parker stars alongside James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Mandy Moore, Kate Winslet and Christopher Walken. A Force of One (1979). 2005 will also see the release of the John Turturro movie musical Romance And Cigarettes.
Steel (1980). CBS will air the television film Vinegar Hill (filmed in 2004), which sees Parker playing a down-on-her-luck schoolteacher who, with her husband and two children, moves in with her in-laws only to discover their bitter, loveless relationship. Cloud Dancer (1980). She'll reprise her role of Amy Gardner on The West Wing for at least three episodes from February 9, as the show takes the first steps toward the impending cast changeover as President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) enters his last year in the Oval Office. Scanners (1981). ] is already shaping up as a big year for Parker. I love NY (1988). The production, directed by Mark Brokaw, was critically acclaimed during its run.
Committed (1988). Parker's former role of Pooty was played by Rosie Perez. Discretion assured (1993). Parker, who had starred in the film, this time took the lead role that had been Mia Farrow's on screen. Love is Like That (1996). In 2004, she appeared in the black comedy Saved!, and a TV movie called Miracle Run based on the true story of a mother with two autistic sons, as well as spending time on Broadway, appearing in Craig Lucas's Reckless. The Corporate Ladder (1997). The joy was added to when, on January 7, 2004 - two months after her split from Billy Crudup - Parker gave birth to a healthy baby boy, William Atticus.
The Ride (1997). Parker played Harper Pitt, the valium-addicted wife of a closeted lawyer, and - among its many awards - Parker received the Golden Globe and Emmy awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries. The Prince and the Surfer (1999). The miniseries - about a group of lost souls in New York during the AIDS epidemic of the '80s - was internationally acclaimed and starred Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and Emma Thompson. Time Changer (2002). On December 7 2003, HBO aired what would become the biggest event of the year in television: an epic six-and-a-half hour adaptation of Tony Kushner's acclaimed Broadway play Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. In November 2003, she split with long-time boyfriend Billy Crudup, after a seven year relationship which began when they met in a 1996 theater reprisal of the Marilyn Monroe film Bus Stop.
She was later to return for a few episodes. Around this time, Parker fell pregnant and her character was written out of the series after a few episodes of the fifth season. While some fans believed that this destroyed the show, and others enjoyed it, one thing was certain: the show's style had definitely changed. However in 2003, after the show's fourth season, creator and head writer Aaron Sorkin left the show along with his top director Thomas Schlamme.
For this role, Parker was nominated for an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild award. Next up was a guest role on the Rob Lowe/Martin Sheen NBC drama, The West Wing, as women's rights activist Amelia 'Amy' Gardner, which soon became a recurring role. Beginning in 2001, her character became Chief of Staff to the First Lady (played by Stockard Channing), became a love interest for neurotic Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman (played by Bradley Whitford), and provided another female voice in a show publicly criticised for its lack of high-level political women (with the exception of Allison Janney's press secretary C.J. Cregg). But whatever her theatrical aspirations, she would leave the stage for three years as her profile soared and she found roles wherever she looked: among them, the Silence of the Lambs prequel Red Dragon; a 2002 television movie based on the life of FBI spy-turned-Soviet informer, Robert Hanssen (played by William Hurt); and playing a struggling screenwriter alongside Martin Donovan in Pipe Dream (2002). However, Parker again lost out when the play was made into a film and the role was given to Gwyneth Paltrow.
In 2001, Parker appeared alongside Len Cariou and Anne Heche in David Auburn's Proof on Broadway, and among the praise showered on her was the much-coveted Tony award. After several independent film releases, she appeared in Let The Devil Wear Black and then a much-lauded role in 1999's The Five Senses. Her theater career continued to flourish when she appeared in Mark Brokaw's 1997 critical smash How I Learned To Drive, with David Morse. Parker did not become an instant household name, but rather a darling of the critics.
In 1997, she appeared alongside Matthew Modine in Tim Hunter's The Maker. She followed this up with a movie adaptation of yet another Craig Lucas play, Reckless (1995), alongside Mia Farrow and then in in Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady (1996) which also starred Nicole Kidman, Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale, John Malkovich and Barbara Hershey. Parker maintained a strong theater presence in the early 1990s, but also maintained her reputation on the big screen, starring with Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in The Client (1994); with John Cusack in Bullets Over Broadway (1994); and then playing an AIDS sufferer in Boys on the Side (1995), with Drew Barrymore and Whoopi Goldberg. This role was followed by her appearance in Fried Green Tomatoes in 1991 alongside Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson and Kathy Bates.
That same year she was noticed by critics worldwide when she appeared in the movie adaptation of another Craig Lucas play, the poignant Longtime Companion, one of the first movies to truly deal the AIDS virus. However, when the play was made into a film, Meg Ryan took over Parker's role. She also briefly dated her co-star Timothy Hutton. For her performance she won the Clarence Derwent Award and was nominated for a Tony award.
After a few minor roles, she made her Broadway debut in a 1990 production of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss, playing the main role of Rita. In the late '80s, she travelled to New York where she got a job measuring feet at Ecco. Acting was always her passion and she graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with acting as her major. Parker was born on August 2, 1964 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Her best-known works include Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America. Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress whose work in theater and film has won her international acclaim, and she has been the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Tony award, Emmy and Golden Globe awards.