Fans of Mary-Louise Parker have much to explore in her filmography. With a career spanning over three decades, Parker has graced both the big and small screens with her performances. Here are six of her most acclaimed works that fans of ‘Weeds’ will certainly enjoy.
6. The Client – IMDb: 6.7
Based on the novel by John Grisham and directed by Joel Schumacher, ‘The Client‘ is a legal thriller. In this film, Parker portrays Dianne Sway, the mother of a boy who becomes entangled in a dangerous legal situation. With performances by Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones, the film received favorable reviews for its narrative and strong ensemble cast.
5. When We Rise – IMDb: 7.5
This docudrama miniseries offers a look at the history of LGBT rights in the United States. ‘When We Rise,‘ which premiered on ABC in 2017, features Parker as Roma Guy, an activist. The series covers a span of four decades and was praised for its historical relevance and insightful portrayal of a crucial civil rights movement.
4. Longtime Companion – IMDb: 7.5
‘Longtime Companion‘ presents an honest and empathetic look at the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Parker’s role as Lisa, an antiques dealer, is set against the backdrop of New York City during a time of crisis and fear. The film was noted for its sensitive portrayal of its characters and the impact of the AIDS outbreak on their lives.
3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – IMDb: 7.5
In this Western drama, Parker plays Zerelda James, the wife of the notorious outlaw Jesse James. Directed by Andrew Dominik, the film explores themes of idolatry and revenge in the American frontier. Although it did not perform well at the box office, the film was lauded for its cinematography and performances, including a standout role by Casey Affleck.
2. Mr. Mercedes – IMDb: 7.8
Adapted from Stephen King’s novel trilogy, ‘Mr. Mercedes‘ is a crime drama series. Parker appears in the first season as Janey Patterson, aiding in the investigation of a haunting unsolved case. The series was well-received, particularly for its intense narrative and strong performances.
1. Angels in America – IMDb: 8.1
The HBO miniseries ‘Angels in America‘ is based on Tony Kushner’s play. Set in 1985, this series intersects the lives of six New Yorkers during the AIDS epidemic. Parker’s portrayal of Harper Pitt earned her a Golden Globe in 2004. The series itself received critical acclaim and several awards for its storytelling and depiction of complex themes.