Sarah Jessica Parker is shedding her lovesick Carrie Bradshaw character (Sex and the City) for a more darker persona on the new HBO series, Divorce. She won hearts as Carrie Bradshaw and is sure to gain more adoration with the new comedy drama that’s set to premiere on October 9. With all the excitement from Parker’s first leading television role since Sex and the City, many are curious about her and what she’s been up to since then. Well, you’re in luck. We have everything you need to know about Sarah Jessica Parker, including her net worth, husband, children and body of work.
Here are some must-know facts about the Sex and the City Star, Sarah Jessica Parker.
#1 Net Worth, Endorsements, Business Ventures
The 51-year-old’s net worth is a whopping $90 million! Besides acting, Parker dabbles in modeling and designing. She’s the face of numerous fashion brands including Gap, Jordache, Garnier and Maybelline. She has numerous fragrance lines such as Lovely, Dawn, Endless and Twilight. She started her fashion line “Bitten” that sold apparel under $20. She launched the SJP Collection, a footwear line at Nordstrom. In June this year, Parker purchased two side-by-side townhouses in New York City worth $34.5 million together! She has been designing clothes with Halston and her fragrance line brought in a revenue of $18 million. When Parker became executive producer of Sex and the City, she earned $3 million per episode.
#2 She Started Earning at a Young Age
Hailing from Ohio, Parker has a humble background. Her mother was a nursery school teacher and her father was a journalist. Her mother had children from her earlier marriage, making the Parker family’s children count a total of eight! When her parents divorced, Parker was raised by her mother. She had learned singing and ballet as a child and was cast in the musical, The Innocents. From the tender age of eight, Parker was earning a livelihood and supporting the household. To help boost her career, her mother and stepfather moved the family to New York and Parker started out as a child actress. An interesting fact to note, is that when Parker was researching her ancestry on the show, Who Do You Think You Are?, she discovered her ancestors were accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials of the ‘60s! Maybe her role in Hocus Pocus wasn’t a far cry, after all?
#3 She is a Musical Star
Parker put her singing and dancing training to good use, first by landing musical roles and then by joining the School of American Ballet. Parker and four of her siblings appeared in a stage production of The Sound of Music. She got her big break in 1977 with the lead role in the musical, Annie. She moved from the stage to movies and tapped her feet alongside Kevin Bacon in the smash hit musical, Footloose.
#4 She’s Dated A-list Celebrities
Parker had met the Iron Man star on the set of their movie, Firstborn. They dated from 1984 to 1991 but broke up due to Robert’s drug problem at the time. She also briefly dated John F. Kennedy Jr. and was romantically linked to Nicholas Cage at one time, too. Further down the road, Parker’s brother played matchmaker for her and introduced her to Matthew Broderick. The couple married 1997, where the fashionista famously wore a black wedding dress. Their son, James was born in 2002. The couple also had twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha via a surrogate in 2009.
#5 She Has Her Own Production Company
The UNICEF Ambassador is on the board of the New York City Ballet. Besides that, she has her own production company called Pretty Matches. The company produces shows for HBO and is currently running a show called, City Ballet that explores the world of Ballet dancers of the New York City Ballet. Together with her Sex and the City co-star, Cynthia Nixon, Parker started a theater group in New York called The Drama Dept.