Sarah Jessica Parker Movies, Early Life, Career Highlights, Awards, Personal Life, Family and Net Worth

Published Date   14th Sep. 2017, 23:48 pm  Update Date: February 6th, 2020  03:35 pm
Sarah Jessica Parker Movies, Early Life, Career Highlights, Awards, Personal Life, Family and Net Worth
Quick Info
Birth Name: Sarah Jessica Parker
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $45 million

Best known for playing Carrie Bradshaw on HBO series Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker movies and television appearances won her a number of awards including Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award.


Born in 1965, Sarah Jessica Parker is an actress, producer and designer. She earned fame and popularity through her role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City (1998-2004). For the show, she won 2 Emmy Awards for 2 different categories: Outstanding Comedy Series in 2001 and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2004.  In addition, Sarah Jessica Parker movies and television appearances grew prominent as she won 4 Golden Globe and 3 Screen Guild Actors Award.

She was only 11 when she made a Broadway debut with The Innocents in 1976. Sarah Jessica Parker movies appearances are in Footloose and Firstborn both released in 1984. However, she did not continue the big screen acting and returned back to Broadway.

Early Life and Background

Sarah Jessica Parker was born on March 25, 1965 in Nelsonville, Ohio in the United States. She is an American born as the daughter of Barbara Parker and Stephen Parker. Her mother is a nursery school operator and teacher while her father is an entrepreneur and journalist.

Parker was born as the eighth child of her parents’ marriage and her mother’s second marriage. Her full siblings are actors Timothy Britten Parker and Pippin Parker. When she was young, she trained in singing and ballet. Consequently, she soon became the cast in Broadway revival of The Innocents in 1976.

It was her mother and her step-father, Paul Forste, who helped her develop her career as a child actress. They moved to Dobbs Ferry, near New York City so that Parker could get specialized training in acting. Parker went to Dwight Morrow High School after her family moved to Englewood, New Jersey.

She later went to the School of American Ballet in NYC and the New York Professional Children’s School. Parker also attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts and Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.

Early Career Highlights

Before Sarah Jessica Parker movies and television roles brought her into limelight, she appeared in The Sound of Music at the outdoor Municipal Theatre along with her siblings. Soon, she landed a small role in Broadway musical Anne (1977-81). In 1982, Parker was the cast of CBS sitcom Square Pegs which earned her critical acclamation.

After three years, Sarah Jessica Parker movies released out which Footloose was the most significant one. The movie released in 1984 in addition to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1985) and Flight of the navigator (1986).

Similarly, Parker earned a supporting role in romantic comedy L.A. Story in 1991 which garnered positive reviews. She first starred in Honeymoon in Vegas with Nicholas Case around the same time. The other notable Sarah Jessica Parker movies are Striking Distance (1993), critically acclaimed movie Ed Wood, Miami Rhapsody and Till There Was You (1997).

Sex and the City and Television Fame

The show Sex and the City’s creator, Darren Star, wanted Parker to do the lead role in the show. Subsequently, Parker also agreed to the role. Eventually, she won an Emmy Award in 2004 for her role after winning a multiple nominations.

Later Work and Recent Career

Sarah Jessica Parker movies and television appearances did a lot to establish her career, but she also gained a new height through her stage acting. She got good reviews for her role in off-Broadway play Sylvia. Similarly, she got a role in Tony Award-nominated Once Upon a Mattress as well as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

In 2005, she played The Family Stone for which she received Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress- Comedy. Further, Sarah Jessica Parker movies appearances include Failure to Launch (2006) which grossed $24 million in its opening weekend.

Parker also appeared in the hit U.K. television series Who Do You Think You Are? as a participant. The actress guest starred on season 4 of Fox series Glee as Isabelle Wright in 2009. Her most recent project is Book Club Central as she will be partnering with the American Library Association to provide platform for readers.

Fashion Industry and Endorsement

Parker has been the face of many world’s biggest fashion brands like Garnier promoting the brand. She signed $38 million contract with Gap in 2004 which sparked criticisms. As a result, Gap replaced her with 17 year old British singer Joss Stone after her contract ended.

In 2005, Parker released her own perfume “Lovely” and fashion line “Bitten” in 2007. She partnered with clothing chain Steve & Barry’s for launching her products on discounted price exclusively for Steve & Barry’s.

Parker guest starred in Project Runway in 2007. The same year, she released her second fragrance “Covet”. In 2015, she became the new spokesmodel for Jordache Jeans.

Awards and Nominations

Sarah Jessica Parker movies, stage and television performances have won her a number of awards. She is the recipient of 10 Emmy Awards nominations, all for Sex and the City. Among them, she won two in the categories Outstanding Comedy Series in 2001 and Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series in 2004.

Similarly, she won 4 Golden Globe Awards, all for Sex and the City, each year from 2000 to 2004. Parker was 9 times Golden Globe Award nominee.

Personal Life and Relationships

Sarah Jessica Parker was in romantic relationship with actor Robert Downey, Jr. from 1984 to 1991. However, Downey’s drug problem affected their relationship which resulted in their separation. Later, she dated John F. Kennedy, Jr. for a short duration.

Parker married actor Matthew Broderick on May 19, 1997 in a civil ceremony in Manhattan. The couple has a son, James Wilkie Broderick, born in 2002 and twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwin and Tabitha Hodge, born in June 2009.

In 2013, Net-a-Porter announced that Parker runs her own company and serves on board of the New York City Ballet. Besides, she is an Ambassador of UNICEF and raises fund for New York Schools.

Salary and Net Worth

The versatile actress and businesswoman, Sarah Jessica Parker has a net worth of $100 million while her husband Broderick has net worth of $45 million.

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