To the Lara Parker Fan Site!
Lara Parker is best known for her role as the gorgeous and powerful witch, Angelique, on the original '60s daytime TV serial, Dark Shadows.
Lara, now considered a cult icon for her role as Angelique and one of DS's most active and sought-after cast members, continues to inspire interest in DS through her knowledge, participation in show-related events, and her DS-related novels, Angelique's Descent and Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch.
The Lara Parker Fan Site was created to celebrate the work of this fascinating and compelling actress and the enduring role she created. We invite you to visit Lara's own official website at www.laraparker.com.
While Lara was writing her thesis in drama at the University of Iowa,she played five leads in six weeks at the Millbrook Playhouse in Loch Haven, Pennsylvania, following which she decided to put the thesis on hold and try her luck in New York City. The second week in the city, she was cast as Angelique in Dark Shadows, a groundbreaking daytime television serial which become an enduring cult classic. She appeared in the Broadway production of Woman Is My Idea and two off-Broadway productions, Lulu and
A Gun Play.
As an actress, Lara's career spans 30-plus years and includes several major motion pictures, TV movies, pilots, professional theatre, and numerous guest starring appearances in prime time TV shows during the '70s, '80s, and '90s.
Now a writer, Lara is working on her third Dark Shadows novel, and continues to author non-Dark Shadows short stories and screenplays. She is currently a college English professor and lives in Topanga, California with her husband, Jim Hawkins. She has three children and one grandchild.
Lara Parker was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Memphis. She was named Mary Lamar Rickey and called Lamar after her great great grandfather, L.Q.C. Lamar, who was a revered Southern statesman and a Supreme Court justice following the Civil War.
Lara attended Vassar College on a scholarship, where she began a philosophy B.A. which she completed at Southwestern (now Rhodes College) in Memphis. She attended graduate school at the University of Iowa and completed the course work for a master’s degree in speech and drama. In 2004, Ms. Parker earned a master's degree in creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles, and currently teaches freshman English at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles.
Lara moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1972 where she guest
starred in numerous prime time television productions spanning more than ten years, including Night Stalker, Hawaii 5-0, Doctor's Hospital,Switch, Kung Fu, The Incredible Hulk, Remington Steele, andGalactica 1980. She also appeared in several movies-of-the-week and pilots, such as The Lazarus Syndrome, People Like Us,
Lara’s film career includes substantial roles in Hi, Mom! with Robert Di Nero, Night of Dark Shadows with David Selby and Kate Jackson, Save the Tiger with Jack Lemmon, Race with the Devil with Peter Fonda and Warren Oates, and Foxfire Light with Leslie Nielsen and Tippi Hedren.
Ms. Parker has written two novels, a collection of short stories, several screenplays, and has contributed to several non-fiction books. The first novel, published in 1998 by HarperCollins and entitled Angelique's Descent, was a critically popular prequel of the character she created in Dark Shadows. In the summer of 2006, Tor Books released the sequel, Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch, which expanded on the legacy of the television classic. She is also reprising her role of Angelique in the popular Big Finish Production audio series, Dark Shadows Reborn, now into its second season.
Following the publication of both Angelique's Descent, and The Salem Branch, Ms. Parker embarked on cross-country book tours to publicize the novels, and she appeared on seveal TV talk shows and more than fifty radio morning shows. She did dozens of readings at libraries, openings of bookstores, and retirement homes; feature articles in the local newspaper almost always accompanied her appearances. She was able to influence book sales very positively by her appearances, and both novels did so well that she has been assigned by Tor to write another.
In 1999, Ms. Parker founded Old Canyon Press to publish Bugs & Critters I Have Known, an illustrated poetry collection for children ages six to ten years of age written by her mother, Ann Heiskell Rickey, and illustrated by her mother's sister, Ardeane Heiskell Smith. In 2006, Lara recorded and released the audio version of the book to popular acclaim.
and Desperate Voyage and landed a role on the soap opera Capitol. She appeared in the Equity Waver production of
Pinter's The Lover.
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