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Originally posted 10/27/2009 08:30AM
Nothing beats the home life for Mary-Louise Parker.
"Becoming a mom is the best thing that's happened to me," Parker, 45, told PEOPLE at the 5th Annual Worldwide Orphans benefit gala in New York City Monday. "I'll be the first to admit that it can be very hard to raise two kids, but I absolutely love it. I can't imagine what my life would be without my children."
Parker, already mom to William Atticus, 5, her son with former boyfriend Billy Crudup, adopted Caroline Aberash, now 3, from Ethiopia in August 2007. She says it was the "best decision I've ever made."
Originally posted 09/25/2009 06:05PM
TV's hottest mom has a cute new boyfriend.
Mary-Louise Parker, 45, has been dating musician Charlie Mars, 35, since early June, sources tell PEOPLE. Parker and the Mississippi-born singer and songwriter were all but inseparable last weekend when the Emmy-nominated Weeds star was in Los Angles to attend the awards.
Before they started dating, the mother of two was a fan of the up-and-coming artist. Last year, she appeared in the video for "Listen to the Darkside," the first single off his record Like a Bird, Like a Plane.
Originally posted 07/21/2009 07:00AM
Ever since she was a little girl, Mary-Louise Parker was certain of one thing: one day, when old enough, she would adopt.
"I would daydream about it all the time," the Emmy-nominated star of Weeds, now in its fifth season, told PEOPLE – speaking for the first time about the subject – earlier this summer at a benefit for Worldwide Orphans Foundation hosted by La Perla in Beverly Hills. "I thought about the fact that there were children who didn't have anything, and I felt like I could help. It was something that weighed on me."
Originally posted 05/18/2009 12:15PM
Mary-Louise Parker has always been fine with the sex scenes in her role as Nancy Botwin, a marijuana-selling suburban mom in the Showtime series Weeds, but she thinks that a recent nude scene of her in the bathtub took things a little too far.
"I didn't think I needed to be naked," she tells MORE magazine in its June issue. "I fought with the director about it, and now I am bitter. I knew it was going to be on the Internet: 'Mary Louise shows off her big nipples.' I wish I hadn't done that. I was goaded into it."
The show's co-executive producer, Roberto Benabib, defended the moment, stating that the nudity was necessary to convey the character's vulnerability. "We felt at that point in her life, defenses had been so thoroughly stripped away," he says. "There was a nonchalance to the nudity that informed the scene … I thought it was wonderful, one of the five best scenes Mary-Louise has ever done [on Weeds]."
Originally posted 10/06/2008 04:30PM
Adopting daughter Caroline "Ash" Aberash from Africa last year was a childhood dream come true for Mary-Louise Parker.
The Weeds star, 44, says she remembers wishing her parents would adopt a sibling for her when she was growing up.
"I still think it's something everyone should do if they can and want to," Parker said Saturday night during a Q&A with New Yorker journalist John Colapinto.
"Especially after having been to a Third World country and having seen the desperation there and the need and all the children and holding those children and seeing them and touching them," she said.
Originally posted 09/21/2008 03:25PM
Four-time Emmy nominee Mary-Louise Parker may play a pot-dealing mom on Showtime's Weeds, but celebrating her own success with her real-life mom and dad makes it satisfying for the actress.
"The best part is my parents," Parker, 44, told PEOPLE at Saturday's Los Angeles Confidential pre-Emmy party, which she hosted. "I get to call them if they don't know already, but usually they know before me. That's absolutely the best part."
Parker – who is up against Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Applegate and America Ferrera for comedy actress in a series – has been nominated twice for Weeds. She won an Emmy in 2004 for the miniseries Angels in America – and can sometimes feel pressured to keep scoring nominations, she told PEOPLE.
Originally posted 06/16/2008 07:30AM
Break a leg? Not exactly. But theater vet Mary-Louise Parker was nursing a broken toe at Sunday night's Tony Awards in New York City.
"I smashed it on the bed frame," she told PEOPLE at the after party, where she remained seated in her Alberta Ferretti gown. "Good for me, right?"
Alas, it was no real-life romp. The actress injured herself while shooting a scene from Weeds. "How's that for commitment?" she mused. "Fantastic!"
And yes, her director used the, um, footage. "They kind of had to," explained Parker. "It was the first take!"
Originally posted 04/08/2008 09:00PM
Mary-Louise Parker and her Weeds co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan have broken off their engagement, PEOPLE confirms.
Parker, 43, who plays a pot-dealing mom on the Showtime series, and Morgan, 41, who plays her deceased husband (and Denny on Grey's Anatomy), were engaged earlier this year after a two-year on-again, off-again relationship.
Originally posted 02/13/2008 06:00PM
On-again, off-again couple Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mary-Louise Parker appear to be back on – as in, really on.
The pair are engaged, New York's Daily News is reporting, saying that the two, who appear as husband and wife on the Showtime series Weeds, have been telling friends of their intention to marry.
When reached by PEOPLE, a rep for Morgan had no comment on the report.
Originally posted 12/13/2007 12:30PM
Mary-Louise Parker's Golden Globe nomination caused quite a stir at her house Thursday morning – and nearly started a fire.
"I was in the kitchen making breakfast for my kids. I was making waffles, which almost caught fire," the star of Weeds tells PEOPLE about getting the news of her best actress nomination. "I was on the phone for a long time and then I noticed it was really smoky."
But she says her two children didn't mind all the commotion. "It was kind of fun. My kids like it when the smoke alarm goes off. It's loud, and exciting, and my son gets to pick up the broom and hit the ceiling with it."
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