Who is Annie Parisse?

Annie Parisse was born as Anne Marie Cancelmi in Anchorage, Alaska USA, on 31 July 1975 – her zodiac sign is Leo, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress with close to 50 credits to her name, perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Agent Dawes in the critically acclaimed 2004 action adventure mystery movie “National Treasure”, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and which starred Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha. It follows a historian who’s searching for the Templar Treasure, hoping to find it before mercenaries; the movie won one of the 10 awards for which it was nominated.

Early life and education

Annie was raised on Mercer Island, Washington State alongside her two brothers Michael and Louis, by their father Louis G. Cancelmi who was a senior executive at the major American airline Alaska Airlines, and their mother Annette who was a teacher. Annie’s brother Michael is also a teacher, while Louis is an actor, perhaps known best for his appearance in the award-winning 2019 epic crime movie “The Irishman”, which starred Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

She became interested in acting while attending a local high school; Annie was a member of her school’s drama club, and appeared in plays performed both at the school and at a local theatre. She was interested in a couple of other activities during her four years there, including dancing, creative writing, and playing handball.

Upon matriculating in 1993, she moved to New York City and enrolled at Fordham University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1997. Annie appeared in various theatre plays in the following four years, including “Antigone” and “Medea”, before launching her career on TV. She changed her name to that of her great-grandmother, simply for ease of pronunciation in the sometimes confusing world of entertainment.

Roles in TV series

Annie’s debut TV series role was her portrayal of Julia Linsey/Snyder, in the popular romantic drama “As the World Turns”, which aired its 3,600 episodes between 1956 and 2010; Annie was a member of the cast from 1998 to 2002. The series follows the lives of the Stewart and Hughes families, and won 90 of the 546 awards for which it was nominated.

Between 2002 and 2006, Annie starred as A. D. A. Alexandra Borgia in the mystery crime drama “Law & Order”, created by Dick Wolf, and which today stars Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin and Dennis Farina. The series has been airing since 1990, and follows the police investigating crimes which are then taken to court; it’s won 53 awards, including six Primetime Emmys, while it’s been nominated for 203 other awards.

Concurrently, in 2004 she made a guest appearance in the episode “The One with the Birth Mother” of the hit comedy “Friends”, and the following years saw Annie make a guest appearance in an episode or two of various series, such as the mystery science fiction drama “Fringe”, the action adventure mini-series “The Pacific”, and the comedy drama “The Big C”.

In 2013, she was cast to play Debra Parker in the popular horror crime drama “The Following”, created by Kevin Williamson, and which starred Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy and Shawn Ashmore. It follows the life of a serial killer, who’s communicating with other serial killers, and has created a cult for himself; the series aired between 2013 and 2015, and won three of the 17 awards for which it was nominated.

Three of Annie’s most recent roles in TV series have been in 16 episodes of the comedy drama “Friends from College” between 2017 and 2019, three episodes of the 2020 biographical historical mini-series “Mrs America”, and the 2020 episode “Endgame” of the short animated adventure “Robot Chicken” (voice role).

Roles in movies

Annie made her debut film appearance with her portrayal of Wendy in the 2001 drama “On the Q. T.”, and a couple of her following roles were in the critically acclaimed 2003 romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, the drama “Pagans”, and the science fiction crime drama “NYPD 2069”, both in 2004.

In 2005, she was cast to play Morgan in the romantic comedy “Monster-in-Law”, directed by Robert Luketic, and which starred Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan and Jane Fonda. It follows Charlotte who has been on numerous bad blind dates, and now that she has found ‘a perfect man’, his mother will do everything she can to make them break-up; the film won one of the 11 awards for which it was nominated. In the same year, Annie appeared in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Prime”, while a couple of her following notable performances were in the 2007 drama “Blackbird”, the 2008 comedy drama “What Just Happened”, and the 2009 drama “Tickling Leo”.

In 2012, we saw her play Mary Lou, in the action crime comedy “One for the Money”, directed by Julie Anne Robinson, and which starred Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata. The film follows Stephanie Plum who has begun working in the bail-bond business – her first task is to track down a wanted police officer who was once her boyfriend; it won one of the two awards for which it was nominated.

Three of Annie’s most recent roles in movies have been in the 2018 biographical crime drama “Paterno”, the 2020 short comedy drama “Margo & Perry”, and the 2021 comedy drama “Giving Birth to a Butterfly”.

Other credits

Annie received special thanks for the 2012 documentary movie “Inside the Following”.

She can be seen featured in a number of documentaries, such as the 2014 short video “The Twisted Journal of the Followers”, and in the same year the video “The Following: The Followers Den”, and the 2015 series “Vice News”.

Annie Parisse

Annie sang the song “The Lady in Red” in the 2017 episode “All-Nighter” of the series “Friends from College”.

Awards and nominations

In 2001, Annie was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, for her performance in “As the World Turns”.

Love life and relationships

Annie prefers to keep her love life away from the media’s attention, however, it’s still widely known that she was a married woman. Annie exchanged vows with the American actor Paul Sparks on 8 October 2000; he has close to 60 acting credits to his name, has won four of the nine awards for which he has been nominated, including a Primetime Emmy nomination, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of one of the main characters, Thomas Yates, in the hit drama series “House of Cards”.

In October 2009, Annie gave birth to their son Emmett Sparks, and in 2014 to their daughter Lydia Sparks; Annie and Paul are trying to keep their children away from media, and thus not a lot about them is known.

On 20 December 2018, Annie and Paul’s divorce was finalized; neither has given a reason for the separation, nor spoken of any people whom they might have since dated.

As of October 2021, Annie’s single, has been married once, and has two children.

Hobbies and other interests

Annie became passionate about travelling not long after she launched her acting career, and has since visited numerous US states, many European countries, and several Asian and African countries; her dream travel destination is Prague in Czech Republic.

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She’s into gardening, and spends the majority of her spare time in her own small garden.

Annie was once a passionate dancer; she was only five years old when she took on dancing lessons, and had entered various competitions in her teenage years. Her dancing skills have also helped her win roles in several movies and TV series.

Annie likes to listen to jazz and blues music; her favorite performers are Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin.

She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are the late Robin Williams, the late Heath Ledger and Julia Roberts; a couple of her favorite films include “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Brokeback Mountain” and “Pretty Woman”.

Age, measurements and net worth

Annie’s age is 46. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 134lbs (61kgs).

As of October 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $10 million.

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