A petite blonde with flowing curls, bright eyes and a wide smile, Sarah Jessica Parker saw her image change considerably through the years, from her portrayal of bookish bean-pole Patty Greene on the above-average schoolgirl sitcom Square Pegs (CBS, 1982-83) to that of freewheeling relationships columnist Carrie Bradshaw, a single thirtysomething navigating Manhattan's dating jungle, on HBO's acclaimed series Sex and the City (1998-2004). While Square Pegs marked Parker's first taste of nationwide notice, she actually made her television debut a decade earlier, with a role as The Little Match Girl in an NBC television production. The young actress followed up with stage work, making her debut in The Innocents in 1976, directed by Harold Pinter. She followed up with Annie after her family relocated to the New York area and played the sister of future Sex and the City co-star and fellow Drama Dept. member Cynthia Nixon in the TV-movie My Body, My Child (1982) starring Vanessa Redgrave.

      Parker made the move to features beginning in 1979, when she appeared in Rich Kids. Five years later, she took on roles in Footloose, Firstborn and Somewhere Tomorrow and continued to appear in TV movies in the interim including co-starring roles in ABC's The Almost Royal Family (1984) and CBS' Going For the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story (1985). Parker was particularly effervescent in her lead role opposite Helen Hunt as a young teen who wants to enter a dance contest against the wishes of her reactionary father in the musical comedy Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985). She was featured the following year in Flight of the Navigator, her last film for six years and her last teenage role. Later that year Parker made her first entry into adult roles, cast in the role of newlywed Kay Ericson Gardner, an ebullient young woman who marries into the family around which the NBC miniseries and subsequent weekly drama A Year in the Life centered. While the series was critically heralded, it failed to capture a large enough audience for NBC to order a second season. Parker kept busy with telefilms and stage work (including a three character part in Wendy Wasserstein's Off-Broadway hit The Heidi Chronicles) before landing the role of driven attorney JoAnn Harris on ABC's legal drama Equal Justice. Like A Year in the Life, this acclaimed series didn't last beyond its premiere season.

      Previously cast mostly as a cerebral or earnest characters, Parker won acclaim for her deftly comic portrayal of the flaky, pirouetting SanDeE, stealing every scene opposite Steve Martin in L.A. Story (1991). She moved up to leading lady status for Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), and played the sexiest of three kooky witches in the Disney comic fantasy Hocus Pocus (1993). Again proving her versatility, Parker was featured opposite Bruce Willis in the actioner Striking Distance and played against Johnny Depp's Ed Wood as his leading lady and love interest Dolores Fuller in Tim Burton's affectionate biopic of the odd director.

      The actress continued on this upward trajectory and had one of her best roles as a young woman afraid of commitment in Miami Rhapsody (1995). The following year, she returned to Broadway to co-star with future husband Matthew Broderick in the musical revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Parker did a spate of film work that saw 1996 release as well, playing Dan Hedaya's obnoxious social climbing girlfriend in The First Wives Club, a flamboyant TV host in Burton's Mars Attacks!, the nurse stuck between battling doctors Gene Hackman and Hugh Grant in Extreme Measures, a single therapist looking for love in If Lucy Fell, and the daughter of a Jewish publisher in the film version of The Substance of Fire (a role which she previously played on stage). She starred in the revival of Once Upon a Mattress (1996-1997), enjoying the role although the reviews were lackluster, and returned to features in 1997 with a mirthful role in the comedy 'Til There Was You, the prolific and successful former child actress ironically cast as an unfulfilled and spoiled former child star.

      In 1998, Parker returned to series television in the smart HBO comedy Sex and the City, earning acclaim for her turn as the staunchly independent but emotionally needy Carrie. Although the series followed a very specific group of women with excessive lifestyles drastically unlike those of the audience, the universal themes of sex, love and friendship struck a familiar chord with viewers, who enjoyed the series' candor and heart. Starring alongside Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, Parker excelled as the center of the ensemble, and earned numerous awards nominations for her nuanced portrayal of the extroverted but introspective columnist--she would take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2001, and collect Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. She would at last win the Emmy . for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy in 2004 for the beloved series' final season. Thanks to her trend-setting character's fashion savvy, Parker also become one of Hollywood's hottest style icons of the late 1990s and early 2000s, known for her excellent taste, avant garde accessories and always fabulous footwear. A planned film version of the series was scuttled in 2004, reportedly due to friction with co-star Kim Cattrall.

      Less memorable than her TV persona, however, were her big-screen turns during the series' runs, including a stint as Nell Fenwick in the failed live action adaptation of the enduring cartoon Dudley Do-Right (1999). Parker was well cast in the ensemble of David Mamet's minor comedy State and Main (2000) as a self-obsessed, manipulative actress, followed by a leading turn in the little seen romantic comedy whodunnit Life Without Dick (2001) opposite Johnny Knoxville and Harry Connick, Jr. She then returned to the stage to star in the Off-Broadway play Wonder Of The World (2001).

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