Weeds has returned to TV, and with it everyone’s favorite (fictional) pot-dealing mother. The show is in its eighth season now and owes a whole lot of its ongoing popularity to Mary-Louise Parker, who manages to be equal parts babe, badass and doe-eyed beauty, with just enough danger in the mix to keep her character interesting. Works for us.
Parker launched her acting career in New York in the late eighties.
She appeared in stage productions both on and off Broadway.
Parker turned to film in the early nineties. One of her first notable roles was a part in Fried Green Tomatoes.
She was a series regular on The West Wing for five years starting in 2001.
Also in 2001, Parker won a Tony award for her role in the Broadway production Proof.
Parker has gained a cult following with the success of Weeds, which debuted in 2005 to high ratings.
Before being cast in Weeds, she was considered for a role in Desperate Housewives. We're glad things went the way they did.