Parker Posey is the most talented film actress few people recognize by name or face. She specializes in offbeat roles in which she plays super-sarcastic, bizarre, clownish or uptight young women.
Posey was named "Queen of Indies" by Time Magazine since she has appeared in some 30 films since 1994, most of them low-budget independent films like Dazed and Confused
(1993), Party Girl
(1995) and SubUrbia
She was nominated for a Golden Globe award and has won 5 other acting awards.
One of her best peformances was in The House of Yes
(1997). She plays a mentally unbalanced young woman who thinks she's Jackie Kennedy and who flips into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he's engaged.
Jackie is anxiously awaiting the visit for Thanksgiving, but she isn't expecting him to bring a woman. She's even more shocked to learn the woman is his fiance. Soon, things begin to go terribly wrong. Although the mother hides the kitchen knives, she isn't able to prevent disaster. It becomes clear the brother and sister have been a little too affectionate with each other in the past and untoward events unfold in this unusual comedy about a house where the word "no" is never uttered.
Posey's latest film in release is Fay Grim
(2006). Fay is a single mom from afraid her 14-year-old son will grow up to be like his father, Henry. The father has been missing for seven years. Fay's brother, Simon, is serving ten years in prison for aiding in her husband's escape from the law. In the quiet of his cell Simon has time to think about the tumultuous years of Henry's presence among them -- chronicled in Hal Hartley's earlier film Henry Fool
(1998). He has come to suspect that Henry was not the man he appeared to be. His suspicions are validated when the CIA asks Fay to travel to Paris to retrieve Henry's property. Her mission turns into a sprawling con game, pitching Fay deep into a world of international espionage.