Lara Parker was an American actress, author, and educator who rose to fame for her role as the witch Angelique on the cult classic TV series Dark Shadows. She also appeared in several films and TV shows, such as Save the Tiger, Race with the Devil, and The Incredible Hulk. She wrote four novels based on her Dark Shadows character and earned a master’s degree in creative writing. She died on October 12, 2023, at the age of 84, after a battle with cancer. In this post, we will explore her life, career, family, and net worth in more detail.
Lara Parker Biography Profile
|Date of Birth||October 27, 1938|
|Birth Place||Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Age (as of 2023)||84 (deceased)|
|Home Town/State||Knoxville, Tennessee|
|College||Vassar College, University of Iowa|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts|
|Hobbies||Writing, gardening, painting|
|Marital Status||Divorced (twice)|
Lara Parker Early Life and Education
Lara Parker was born as Mary Lamar Rickey on October 27, 1938 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Albert Rickey, a lawyer, and Ann Rickey, a civic leader. She had a brother named Albert Jr. and a sister named Ann. She attended Vassar College in New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960. She then moved to Iowa City and enrolled in the University of Iowa, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in speech and drama in 1964.
Lara Parker Family Details
|Father Name||Albert Rickey|
|Mother Name||Ann Rickey|
|Brother(s)||Albert Rickey Jr. (deceased)|
|Sister(s)||Ann Rickey (deceased)|
|Wife/Husband||Jimmy Hawkins (m. 1962; div. 1966), Tom Parker (m. 1966; div. 1974)|
|Children||Rick Parker (son), Caitlin Parker (daughter), Andy Parker (son)|
Lara Parker Career Highlight:
Lara Parker was best known for her role as Angelique Bouchard, the witch who cursed Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) to become a vampire on the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. She joined the show in 1967 and played various incarnations of Angelique until the show’s end in 1971. She also reprised her role in two feature films based on the show: House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971). She also made a cameo appearance in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows (2012) along with other original cast members.
Parker also appeared in other TV shows and movies such as The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, The Rockford Files, S.W.A.T., Emergency!, The Fall Guy, One Life to Live, Save the Tiger, Race with the Devil and Hi, Mom. She also wrote four novels based on Dark Shadows: Angelique’s Descent (1998), The Salem Branch (2006), Wolf Moon Rising (2013) and Heiress of Collinwood (2016).
Parker died on October 14, 2023 at her home in Los Angeles after a brief illness. She was 84 years old. Her death was mourned by her fans and colleagues who remembered her as a beautiful and talented actress.