Sarah Jessica Parker

March 25

Welcome, SJP

Parker is the last of four children born to Stephen Parker, an aspiring writer, and Barbara, an elementary schoolteacher.


Siblings and Cincinnati

Parker's parents divorce when she's a toddler, and her mother remarries Paul Forste, a truck driver. They have four more children and move the family to Cincinnati, where they occasionally spend time on welfare. Despite the hard times, Barbara enrolls her children in scholarship-funded ballet, music and theater classes.


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The Sun'll Come Out

Forste takes Parker and her siblings to New York City to audition for the Broadway play The Innocents. Parker and her brother Timothy both land roles, prompting the family to relocate to New York, and Parker is enrolled at Manhattan's Professional Children's School. Three years later, she lands the title role of the spunky redhead in the Broadway production of Annie. She is the third actress to play Little Orphan Annie on Broadway.


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A Square Peg

Parker is cast as one of the two lead roles in the sitcom Square Pegs. She plays quirky high-schooler Patty Greene. Despite critical praise, the show is cancelled after one season.


Sarah Jessica Parker

February 17

Footloose and Fancy Free

Parker transitions to film in Footloose, playing Chris Penn's girlfriend Rusty. This is the first of a few roles Parker takes as the skinny sidekick with frizzy hair in the '80s. She tells In Style she felt she was "not pretty enough to play the lead." In 1985, she lands her first lead role in Girls Just Want to Have Fun, as Janey Glenn, a sheltered underdog competing against a stuck-up rich girl for a dancing spot on local TV show.

Sarah Jessica Parker

October 26

First Love in Firstborn

Parker meets her first love, Robert Downey Jr., when working alongside the troubled actor on the film Firstborn. She begins dating Downey – who was battling an alcohol and cocaine addiction – and decides to move in with him that same year.


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February 08

Breaking Through

After a string of television appearances and made-for-TV movies, Parker lands her breakthrough role as Steve Martin's bubbly lover, SanDeE*, in the comedy L.A. Story. "I had never played that [type] before, and it changed [producers'] perceptions about me," Parker tells the Chicago Tribune.

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Breaking Up & Vegas

After seven years together and repeated efforts to help Downey kick his drug habit, Parker calls it quits. She tells Redbook, "I just found his [drug use] incredibly difficult to deal with." Downey tells Playboy that his substance abuse "was just confounding for her. But... there was a surprisingly high percentage of normal days as well. I love her and I always will." Afterward, Parker shoots Honeymoon in Vegas opposite Nicolas Cage, playing his voluptuous bride. She has a brief onset romance with Cage and also briefly dates John F. Kennedy Jr.

Off-Broadway Broderick

After these short-lived romances, Parker meets actor Matthew Broderick at an off-Broadway play he directs, starring her brother Toby. The two begin dating. She says to the Los Angeles Times, "He's probably the funniest fellow I've met in my entire life. I'm mad for him, totally."


Sarah Jessica Parker

January 27

Sex in Another City

Parker lands a starring role as a neurotic advertising copywriter in director David Frankel's Miami Rhapsody with Antonio Banderas and Mia Farrow. Frankel, a friend of Parker, says the actress grew up playing the ugly duckling. "For many years she was always surprised whenever she or a character she played was considered sexy," he says to PEOPLE. She also stars opposite Woody Allen in the filmmaker's TV movie The Sunshine Boys.

Photo Credits

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): BIG PICTURES; LYNN GOLDSMITH/CORBIS; CBS; Kobal Collection/Wireimage; Barry King/WireImage; TriStar Pictures/Everett; PHOTOFEST; Kobal Collection/Wireimage

Sarah Jessica Parker
Date of Birth
March 25, 1965
Birth Place
Nelsonville, Ohio
Matthew Broderick, husband (1992 to present)
Nicolas Cage, ex-boyfriend (1991)
John Kennedy Jr., ex-boyfriend (1991)
Robert Downey Jr., ex-boyfriend (1984 to 1991)
James Wilkie Broderick, son (10/28/2002)
Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick, twin daughter (6/23/2009)
Tabitha Hodge Broderick, twin daughter (6/23/2009)
Edited by Julia Wang

Sarah Jessica Parker

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