Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sarah Jessica was born in Nelsonville, Ohio on March 25th, 1965. Her parents divorced when she was one and her mother later remarried. A born entertainer, she appeared in her first television special, The Little Match Girl, when she was eight years old. Parker studied ballet with the Cincinnati Ballet and American Ballet Theater, and worked on her singing with the Metropolitan Opera. At age 8, she saw an ad in the local newspaper announcing an audition for a production of HC Andersen's "The Little Match Girl". Sarah convinced her mother to allow her to try-out, and she got the part. Sarah, who grew up in a family with limited money, welcomed the opportunity to make some money of her own.
When Sarah Jessica was 11, her stepfather decided to move the family to New York and start a trucking business of his own. Sarah and her brother, Timothy Britten Parker, soon began to win parts in various on and off Broadway productions. Sarah found herself playing Broadway's third Annie, and soon began taking classes in order to save her voice. Growing up, Sarah danced with the National American Ballet Theater and sang with the Metropolitan Opera. In 1979, Sarah got a role in the feature film "Rich Kids", opposite John Lithgow. Three years later, she gained national recognition, starring in the short lived sitcom "Square Pegs". A few motion pictures followed throughout the 80's, as well as a couple of TV films and series. The 1984 Musical Drama "Footloose", co-starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer, brought Sarah a "Young Artist Award" for Best Young Actress.
Sarah's major breakthrough was in 1991, when she starred in Steve Martin's major comedy "L.A. Story". Her hilarious performance as the gum popping valley girl, had critics standing and cheering everywhere. The 1992 hit comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas" brought Sarah a one year relationship with co-star Nicolas Cage. Some time later, Sarah had a brief fling with the late John F. Kennedy Jr. and became an attractive tabloid newsmaker. In November 1991, Sarah met Matthew Broderick, who, at the time, was directing her brother Timothy in a play. Three months later, they had their first date, and the couple moved in together in 1992. Five years later, Sarah announced her desire to marry Broderick, live on the David Letterman show. Directly after the show, Matthew proposed to Sarah, and three months later, on May 19, 1997, they married. Sarah and Mat currently live in Soho, New York, with their border collie, Sally.
With her sexy AND funny image in tow, Sarah Jessica kept herself BUSY on the big screen, working with Nicolas Cage and James Caan in Honeymoon in Vegas, Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus, Bruce Willis in Striking Distance, Ed Wood with Johnny Depp, Miami Rhapsody with Antonio Banderas, The First Wives Club, Extreme Measures (with Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman) and Mars Attacks!. Not content to work solely on the big screen, Sarah Jessica squeezed in several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions as well as starting her sexy HBO series Sex and the City in 1998. She won a Golden Globe for that role in 2000. Sex and the City's successful run came to an end on February 22nd, 2004, amid much media hoopla. She still managed to get some more film work done, appearing opposite Brendan Fraser in Dudley Do-Right and Alec Baldwin in State and Main.