Actress and musician Parker Posey attended the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase in the 1980s, and went on to become one of the most influential actresses on the indie film scene. While at Purchase, Posey roomed and studied with actresses Sherry Stringfield and Orfagh Casidy.
Posey’s first major role in a feature film was in Dazed and Confused (released in 1993, and now a cult classic), with Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London. Throughout the late 1990s, Posey co-starred in 32 independent films and was nicknamed “Queen of the Indies.” Among many other films, Posey was featured in Personal Velocity, Basquiat, Clockwatchers, The Daytrippers, Party Girl and The House of Yes.
She has co-starred in many of Christopher Guest’s films, including five of his mockumentaries, the first being Waiting for Guffman in 1996. In 1998, Posey appeared in the Hal Hartley film Henry Fool, as well as the block-buster studio hit You’ve Got Mail, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. In 2000, she starred in Guest’s third mockumentary Best in Show, and in yet another big budget screen hit—the horror film Scream.
In 2003, she starred in Guest’s A Mighty Wind, followed by appearances in Sisters of Mercy, Laws of Attraction, and Blade: Trinity. Posey played the role of Kitty Kowalski in box office hit Superman Returns. Later in 2006, she played the title character in Fay Grim, the sequel to Henry Fool, and appeared in For Your Consideration.
She starred in Zoe Cassavetes’ 2007 film Broken English, for which she was nominated Best Female Lead at the 23rd Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2012, Posey starred in four episodes of the third season of Louie as Liz, Louis C.K.’s love interest. Posey also appeared in Ned Rifle, the third and final film in Hartley’s Henry Fool trilogy, again reprising her role of Fay Grim.
In July 2014, Posey signed on to co-star in Woody Allen’s mystery drama Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Jamie Blackley. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. In 2018, she appears as Dr. Smith in Lost in Space, the Netflix remake of the 1965 TV series.