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Nicole Parker is best known for her performance in the award-winning original series "Soul Food" as Teri Joseph, which she received four nominations for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Parker also guest starred on several series, such as UPN's ALL OF US, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Cosby" and "Law & Order." Additionally, Parker has been featured in several feature films, such as "Brown Sugar," opposite Taye Diggs; "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington; "Blue Streak," with Martin Lawrence, and "Boogie Nights," opposite Mark Wahlberg. She has also appeared in many independent films, including "200 Cigarettes," "Loving Jezebel," "Subway Stories," and the 1999 Sundance Film Festival winner "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole." Parker also has an extensive background in theatre and has performed in the Off-Broadway productions of "Chicago," "House of Lear" and "Romeo and Juliet." Overall, Parker has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards and has received a special award at the Urban World Film Festival for Outstanding Body of Work as an Actress. Parker was born on October 7, 1970, in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied acting.
Nicole Parker made her screen debut with The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love. The only child of Donald, a dentist, and Susan, a health-care entrepreneur, Parker knew she wanted to act since she was a child. At Baltimore's all-girl Roland Park County School, she was often the class clown. Though the students were mostly white, her supportive parents--who divorced when she was a baby--helped her from "spiraling down into budding identity crises," she says.
Parker was born on October 7, 1970, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was in the Baltimore Actors Theater and the Washington Ballet Company. She moved to New York to study acting at New York University, and is a graduate of NYU's famed Tisch School of the Arts, Circle in the Square Theater school. She learned firsthand about bigotry, however, when she worked in the garment business as a fitness model while attending New York University's drama program. Her boss frequently used a derogatory Yiddish term for black people. Parker, who dated a Jewish classmate, says she didn't get mad. "I feel sorry for someone who is degrading other people," she says, "because that is a reflection of their own smallness."
After graduating from college in 1993 and working as a phone operator at New York's trendy Paramount Hotel, with a negative balance in her bank account, Parker moved to Harlem and worked in small theater productions. The work came quickly, and soon it was more than her bank account that got a lift - Parker was bouncing around from stage to screen and getting noticed.
Initially it was the theater that called her name. Her stage work in New York has included roles with Naked Angels, Metropolitan Playhouse and the Circle Rep Laboratory. She appeared in a workshop production of "House of Lear" at the Public Theater. She lived in Manhattan where she studied with Tony Greco. She is also a published poet, with work included in an anthology of young poets entitled "New Breezes."
Growing up Parker always knew she wanted to be an actress. At the age of 17, she won Best Actress in the State of Maryland High School Competition. She began to pursue her dream at the Baltimore Actors Theatre, and then it was on to the Washington Ballet Company before moving to New York to study acting further at NYU's famed Tisch School of the Arts.
Recently, Parker appeared in an Oil of Olay nationwide special advertising campaign that ran in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Vogue.
Parker has been nominated for five NAACP Image Awards and had the pleasure of presenting President Bill Clinton with a Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony hosted by the NAACP. She also received a special award at the Urban World Film Festival for "Outstanding Body of Work as an Actress."
Parker is a proud supporter of Sheila E's Lil'Angel Bunny Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds self-esteem and promising futures for young people through art, music, and dance.
Parker currently resides in both New York and Los Angeles with her fiance Boris Kodjoe and their first baby to be born.
'Soul Food' Actors Nicole Parker and Boris Kodjoe Have Baby
Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker have more on their plate than just "Soul Food."
Parker gave birth to the couple's first child, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe, on Saturday, publicist Jessica Cohen said in a statement Wednesday. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
Tei-Naaki is Ghanian for "first-born daughter," the statement said.
Kodjoe played Damon Carter and Parker was Teri Joseph on "Soul Food," which ran on the Showtime cable channel from 2000-2004.
They plan to wed in May, their publicist said.
Nicole Parker worried about growing wedding
Actress Nicole Parker is worrying about her upcoming wedding to former Soul Food co-star Boris Kodjoe - because it's becoming a lot bigger than she had hoped.
Kodjoe, 31, proposed to Parker, 33, in June (04) in his hometown of Freiburg, Germany, and they later discovered they're expecting their first child together in March (05).
But Parker admits her planned spring (05) nuptials have turned into a much bigger event than she's wanted.
She says, "I thought it was going to be cute and quaint and all that, but it's going to be humongous."
While the wedding guest list is already around 300, Parker adds, "I put the cap on the bridesmaids - I have nine."
Nicole Parker won the NAACP award
For the third year in a row, Soul Food has won the NAACP's "Outstanding Drama Series" award. Whoopi Goldberg also won an NAACP Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for her role in Showtime's Original Picture Good Fences. In all, Showtime received 16 NAACP Image Award nominations, the most nominations received by a single network this year.
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Nicole Parker, Soul Food
Vanessa Williams, Soul Food
Malinda Williams, Soul Food
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Darrin Dewitt Henson, Soul Food
Boris Kodjoe, Soul Food
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Terri J. Vaughn, Soul Food
The 35th NAACP Image Awards is an exciting, star-studded salute to the best in entertainment. Honorees, presenters and performers have included many of the major celebrities in America. There are 35 competitive categories in the fields of motion pictures, television, music and literature.
Founded more than thirty years ago during a meeting in the home of Sammy Davis Jr. (a member of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch of our nation's oldest civil rights organization), the NAACP Image Awards honor projects and individuals of all races who have helped promote "positive images of people of color." The program aired for eight years in the "Saturday Night Live" time slot on NBC. In 1996 the Image Awards moved to primetime on FOX.
Nicole Parker's new comedy ''Second Time Around''
Real-life couple BORIS KODJOE and NICOLE PARKER segue from "Soul Food" to "Second Time Around," a comedy about a couple who are enjoying a more romantic, fulfilled marriage -- the second time around. Boris stars as Jackson Muse, a handsome architect who runs into his former wife Ryan, a free-spirited artist, and they reconnect. But even though they decide to leave the past in the past, it has a way of becoming their present. Also in the cast are BRIAN WHITE as Jackson's brother Nigel, DANIELLE NICOLET as Nigel's snobbish fiance and MELISSA De SOUSA as Ryan's best friend.
Newlyweds Jackson Muse (Boris Kodjoe), a handsome, earnest architect, and Ryan Muse (Nicole Parker), a beautiful, free-spirited artist, are enjoying their more romantic, fun-filled second marriages--to each other. Several adventurous years after their young first marriage ended, the lovers reunite and give it another heartfelt go. Now, even with old stuff, new stuff and the stuff in between, the Muses are striving for wedded bliss in a SECOND TIME AROUND.
Determined to bring a newfound maturity to matrimony this time, Jackson and Ryan frequently find themselves in funny, awkward situations when old lovers, old arguments and old division of property issues surface.
Even after another smooth, successful engagement and wedding, all of the couple's family and friends continue to dispense varied opinions and marital advice. Jackson's younger brother Nigel (Brian White), a dentist whose practice scarcely covers his lavish lifestyle, and his snobbish fiancée Paula (Danielle Nicolet), a real estate agent, are convinced that the twice-baked Muses need to join their couples' therapy group. Ryan's gorgeous, spirited best friend Coco (Melissa De Sousa), who owns a hip café, also remains skeptical about the reunion, certain that "leftovers shouldn't be reheated."
With a sense of humor and romance, Jackson and Ryan Muse are ready to clip around the thorny past and surrounding skeptics if it finally means a rosy future together.