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A classically trained cellist and former session vocalist, Andrea Parker's brilliant darkside electro-techno productions for Mo' Wax, R&S and Sabrettes displayed an artist with impeccable programming skills but also an increasing desire to integrate her own training into the mix. She began recording on her own early in the 1990s, and became a DJ by 1993. One year later, she began collaborating with David Morley, first for Infonet Records on the Angular Art EP, then for R&S on the Too Good to Be Strange EP (the former appeared under Morley's name, the latter as Two Sandwiches Short of a Lunchbox). Morley contributed engineering to Parker's 1996 solo debut for Mo' Wax, the 40-minute EP Melodious Thunk. Her second EP for Mo' Wax, Rocking Chair, featured London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra alongside sampled beats and effects. She also remixed Depeche Mode, Lamb, the Orb, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steve Reich before beginning work on her actual debut full-length, Kiss My ARP. In the meantime, she contributed a volume in Studio !K7's DJ Kicks series in 1998.
Wikipedia:For the British techno DJ, see Andrea Parker (DJ).
Andrea Nicole Parker (born March 8, 1970) is an American television actress and former ballet dancer.
Life and career
Parker was born in Monterey County, California. She began ballet training at age 6 and at age 15 she joined a professional dance company. She quit her career in ballet after three years of touring and trained to become an actress while working as a bartender. Her first documented film role was at age 19 in the movie Rented Lips in which she played a dancer/nurse.
Parker appeared in Married... with Children as a Go-Go Dancer in 2 episodes – "Prom Queen: The Sequel" (1989) and "Prom Queen: Part 1" (1989). Parker got her break in television playing a nurse on the award-winning Seinfeld episode "The Contest" in 1992. After that first speaking role, she had several other guest-starring roles in television series and movies, most notably a recurring role in ER as Linda Farrell, the love interest of Dr. Doug Ross, and as Caitlin Pike in JAG. She was a body double for Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman; hers are the legs seen in the opening scene of the main character zipping up her boots. She also did several pilots before she gained a cult following for her role as Miss Parker on the NBC television series The Pretender. She also played a rich, snooty neighbor on the television show My Name Is Earl.
After The Pretender was cancelled by NBC in 2000, Parker did another guest spot on JAG before signing on to reprise her role as Miss Parker in the telemovies for The Pretender, which aired on TNT in 2001. She then returned to series television in 2002 and starred in the ABC comedy Less than Perfect, playing Lydia Weston until it was cancelled in 2006. She has made several guest appearances on television talk shows and celebrity events such as the various celebrity poker tournaments. From 2011 to 2012, Parker had recurring role of Jane Carlson in the ABC series Desperate Housewives. She later starred in NBC drama pilot Beautiful People, and joined the cast of ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.
Parker supports various charities such as the National Hospice Palliative Care Organization, Glenn Siegel's My Good Friend charity organization, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research and Project Angel Food. Parker is also trained as a stunt driver and can handle firearms. In February 2006, Parker attended a benefit with former Pretender co-stars Michael T. Weiss and James Denton for Cure Autism Now."Andrea Parker Biography (1969–)". Filmreference.com. 1969-03-08. Retrieved 2013-12-23. "Desperate Housewives De-Friends Jessica Hecht, Adds Andrea Parker – Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2013-12-23. Andreeva, Nellie. "Five Cast In NBC Pilot 'Beautiful People'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23. Masters, Megan (2011-05-20). "Pretty Little Liars Casting: Alison’s Mom Played by Andrea Parker". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-12-23. http://www.cureautismnow.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=bhLOK2PILuF&b=1289185&ct=1996497