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One of Hollywood’s key fashion icons is the lovely Sarah Jessica Parker. While you surely know her as New York columnist Carrie Bradshaw from her hit “Sex and the City” series, she had a pretty established career beforehand. How interesting that the top things you might not know about her involve witches and orphans.
5 Legit Shoe Fetish
You may already be aware that Parker is a bit obsessed with shoes. Her footwear is one of her most glamorous attributes. But she has a reason for her madness. As a kid, she was always stuck with hand-me-downs and had to share shoes with her siblings. After all, eight kids can rack up quite the hefty shoe bill. Parker recalls going for an entire year with only a pair or two of her own shoes. That may explain why she’s quite the stiletto and fancy footwear fanatic as a grownup.
4 The Face of the Gap
Right about the time that SJP finished up with “Sex and the City,” she signed a multimillion dollar contract to be the new face of the Gap. That doesn’t seem like a big deal, given that celebrities endorse products all the time. What’s interesting about this particular deal is that of all the brands and designers she promoted throughout her reign as Carrie—and there were many—she never once wore Gap clothing on the show. Apparently, the Gap thought her influence on fashion was so big, they had to have her seen in their clothing—for a big price tag.
3 Comes From a Big Family
Parker, born in 1965, was the fourth child of Barbara and Stephen Parker. But after their divorce when she was quite young, her mom remarried and had four more children. This puts SJP in the middle of eight kids. Only two of her siblings—Timothy Britten and Pippin Parker—followed in her acting footsteps.
2 Had a “Hard Knock Life”
Well, on stage she did anyway. Parker’s first major role was the lead in “Annie” on Broadway in 1979 at the ripe old age of 14. She spent a year on stage with her fellow orphans, trying to survive life with the evil Miss Hannigan. Fortunately, by the end of the play, Annie was living the rich life with Daddy Warbucks—and the real SJP was on her way to becoming a superstar.
1 Related to a Witch
In 2010, Sarah Jessica Parker was featured on the genealogy-oriented television show “Who Do You Think You Are?” Parker discovered that her 10th great grandmother Esther was a major part of history—but not for a positive deed. Back in the 1600s, Esther Elwell was one of three women accused of using witchcraft to kill a neighbor, Mary Fitch. This historical act was a part of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. While Esther did have a warrant out for her arrest, she was never sentenced to death due to errors in the court process. She actually lived well into her 80s, showing that maybe witchcraft is the key to longevity after all.