Mary-Louise Parker in Alberta Ferretti at the “Red 2” Premiere

Posted on July 23, 2013

We were saddened to hear that Mary-Louise is considering retiring from the acting business because people on the internet said bad things about her. We also secretly hoped she was referring to that time we said she looked a little honky-tonk walking down a NYC street.

But really, Mary-Louise. You’re just looking at this the wrong way. For instance, at the last Red2 premiere (in a line of about 30 apparently) that we covered, we noted your shapeless glittery hospital gown of a dress and quite meanly deemed it unobjectionable (because sometimes the faintest praise can land like the hardest slap, darlings).

But look! Our mean and intemperate words had an effect!


Mary-Louise Parker attends the “Red 2” European Premiere in London in a Alberta Ferretti dress paired with Jimmy Choo shoes, and David Morris jewelry.

Because this glittery dress isn’t shapeless at all and no one in their right mind would compare it to a hospital gown! What we’re trying to say, Mary-Louise, is that we love your look here and we like to pretend that our mean words are what drove you to improve yourself on the style front. Embrace the bitchy, darling. Well-applied bitchiness by a licensed practitioner (such as we) can unclog pores, re-align chakras, minimize joint pain, and get silly attention-seeking stars to dress better.

In as much seriousness as we can muster (which isn’t much, since our tongues are now firmly stuck in our cheeks), we really do love this dress on her. In fact, it suits her so perfectly, we think it’s a “Girl, that is your dress ONLY” thing. We’re pretty sure we’d love this dress a lot less on most other women. It’s a little too much on the sparkly/flirty/girly side of the aisle for us, but it works just perfectly for her.

Does she ever wear pants? We don’t think we’ve ever seen her legs covered, except at formal events, in a gown. They really are spectacular, though. We don’t blame her a bit for showing them off.

See, Mary-Louise? Bitchiness (from licensed practitioners such as we)  can sometimes loop around back to kindness. Embrace the bitchy, dear.



[Photo Credit: Kiera Fyles/,]

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  • decormaven

    There you go! She can dress beautifully. Work what you got, gal.

  • MilaXX

    Love this look. My only minor quibble is the clutch. I would have preferred a solid color over this b/w number.

  • …and can I talk about that quote? She says something about looking at an article and seeing 50 mean comments and it all being too much? Granted, I’m an anonymous regular schmoe who only ever has to deal with negative comments from people I know, but I’d hope I’d have more perspective at her age. I’m not saying that to bust on her age, but she should know that even if it’s 50 one-time comments and not a conversation between 7 people, that 50 people do not the world, or even the internet, make.

    • somebody blonde

      Honestly, with the amount of harassment that I’ve heard that a lot of women get on the internet, I’m sure that the comments probably rose quite a bit above “mean.”

      • MilaXX

        True but a smart celeb knows to either stay off social media or grow a thicker skin.

        • lbl

          I think it’s much easier to tell someone to have self control than it is to put that control into practice.

          • Adriana_Paula

            Well said.

          • I’m not saying she needs to have self control, I’m saying she should count her blessings. Do you know how many actors have their own show with critical acclaim and Emmys. That statistically, there’s hundreds of thousands of people who are big fans of hers? With all those blessings to turn around and say, “50 people said mean things about me on the internet, I’m going to retire” is gauche. Shoot, there are people all over the place who take abuse at work in person and they get no goodie bags and don’t get to retire because it’s not fun anymore. I just had thought/hoped she was insightful enough to know better.

          • somebody blonde

            Oh please. People all over the place taking abuse at work are free to do other things, and everyone is perfectly supportive of a person who switches jobs, retires, or quits when they just can’t take it anymore at their job. That’s all she’s doing; retiring because she neither wants nor has to put up with this bullshit. But because she’s talented and rich, no sympathy for her? She doesn’t owe anyone anything, including those hundreds of thousands of fans. If they want her to keep acting, maybe they should work to make a culture in which everyone doesn’t just throw up their hands and say “What can you do, it’s the internet” whenever people post nasty things.

        • demidaemon

          I second the thicker skin comment. If you are in any business that has public face potential (acting, writing, art, designing, performance), expect to see both negative and positive comments thrown at you.

        • olsonam

          I think it’s a bit unfair to say celebs should stay away from social media. It’s a huge part of everyone’s lives. I would say to stay off the comments sections or grow a thicker skin.

          • MilaXX

            Good point, I agree. Unless you’re Alec Baldwin. 🙂

          • Magatha

            Oh, yes, they should NOT go into the comments sections, not ever. I get that they want to know what’s being said, but you get your assistant or secretary or someone who is not YOU to go into the comments sections. Normal skin cannot grow thick enough. Maybe rhino skin can, but it’s not a good red carpet look.

          • To be sure, there are very few comments sections that anyone with any sense should ever look at, celebrity or no. You know what they’re saying on YouTube? Something too stupid for words. I didn’t even have to check to know that’s true.

          • Spicytomato1

            Yeah, I become frightened for the future of humanity on a daily basis when I read many comments sections (my hometown newspaper is especially awful, fiiled with the most hateful people alive, it seems). I can’t imagine what it would be like to have those directed at me personally, but at the same time her retiring won’t do a bit of good in the larger sense. Haters are always going to hate, they’ll just move on to the next person or topic. It seems silly to throw away a distinguished career like hers over it.

          • housefulofboys

            Frankly, the only comments section I ever read anymore are this site’s, where the forum is respectful in addition to smart, funny and informed. And a little snarky, but what the hey?

          • Rhonda Shore

            same here..the TLO comments are amusing…

      • ailujailuj

        gawd… anyone in the design BUSINESS gets mauled on a daily basis. It is part of the game. It’s ugly, it’s the institution, it’s truth, and it’s the poetry of inspiration sometimes. And if you can’t build on it and make something (including yourself) out of it – you really should get out. Especially if you’re drawing self-definition from fucking internet stalkertalkers, like us.

        • somebody blonde

          Which is what she’s doing, if you haven’t noticed. She’s getting out, because she can’t deal with it. And I honestly am sick of people criticizing her for it.

          After Jen McCreight stopped blogging because of all the death and rape threats that she was receiving, daily, I personally don’t throw any shade at ladies who decide they can’t deal with the way modern media has allowed assholes to spew hate in one’s face every day. I don’t have to go through that level of vitriol every day, so who am I to judge them for deciding that their career is not worth the relentless hatred of the masses?

          • ailujailuj

            well – I was mostly being snarky. it’s also entirely possible i’m missing pieces of the story… and no one really knows the whole story. I will admit a lack of sympathy for the whining of that ilk.

            I understood her ire to be over internetty bullshit and criticism. the entire entertainment industry is seething with outright misogynistic vitriol, as are the internets. a huge-ass difference between criticism and death/rape threats. hyperbole?

            so, she’s taking her thin skin and… ? staying home w/ the kids? lucky her to have been blessed with such a successful career, and the $ that provides choices. and the confidence & awareness to make a choice for the benefit of her kids… I’ll give her that, if it fits the situation.

    • formerlyAnon

      We are who we are. Some people are immune to criticism and some people are, as she calls herself, thin-skinned. I imagine that her kids (who are roughly 6 and 9) factor into how she feels about being so much in the public eye.

    • SylviaFowler

      I agree, and I would add: she’s just Mary Louise Parker; not THAT many people care about her THAT much. It’s not like she’s Angelina Jolie or Kate Middelton or Jessica Pare.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Jessica Pare isn’t exactly in Angelina Jolie or Kate Middleton territory!!!

        • SylviaFowler

          When it comes to the ratio of unjustified, malicious and ugly remarks made about her by blogs and online commenters, yes she absolutely is in their territory. Women are vicious about her in droves for no good reason.

          • Rhonda Shore

            i guess i’m reading different things…i thought everyone loved Kate and Angelina…It’s hard to criticize Angelina, in particular, with all of the UN refugee work she does.

          • H2olovngrl

            It’s not just women.

  • Heather

    This is a bit figure-skater-y for my taste.

  • clatie

    She has crazy person eyes (not just here, always). Cute outfit, though.

    • StellaZafella

      She appears to be smizing so hard it makes me wonder if she EVER blinks.
      Twitches, maybe…blinks, no.

  • crash1212

    You mean people out there better not make Mary Louise stop acting – she’s one of my all time faves! Also…love this look.

  • Shawn EH

    She wore pants in Red 2, sometimes. In which she was very slyly funny, btw! She’s too talented to give up!

    • MilaXX

      I think they mean on the RC

      • Shawn EH

        Hardly any woman wears pants on the RC; they’ve seen her in street and casual shots, too.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t know how I’ve never noticed how leggy she is, but those are some great legs. That being said, this is not my favourite dress but she looks quite pretty in it. Also, I very much enjoy her acting and hope that she chooses instead to ignore the mean-spirited, embrace the bitchy, and continue to show off the legs.

    • Munchkn

      I’ve been a huge fan ever since she played Lisa in Longtime Companion.

  • Cloveradams

    Nicely detailed dress, but all that gray and silver seems somehow a little flat, a little neo-Victorian – like something Miss Havisham would wear for a rare foray out her digs for a night on the town.

    • Imasewsure

      I think you nailed it but I also think it’s why it works on her. The flat, kind of old-timey look makes it work on her somehow. Disco Havisham? Works for me

  • Pennymac

    I love her acting, and think she’s got a very interestingly pretty face. (Not a cookie-cutter starlet look) Plus, her legs go on for miles! Is it just me, or does the waist of this dress look a little too big, or saggy or something? I think the fit in the midsection is a bit off. Its a shame that the interwebs have been able to hurt her feelings.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Makeup’s a little rosy for me, but otherwise really loving this on her. Including the shoes, bracelet and clutch.

  • formerlyAnon

    I think she looks good, but she’s got that 40-ish-and-holding look that takes good genes and a lot of work to maintain. Maybe she’s just tired.

    She’s 48, has two children elementary school age, a profession that can mean months away from home on a film set, and apparently enough money. An awful lot of people would re-prioritize their work/life balance in those circumstances, whatever the profession. I’d bet good money that if she “retires” from acting we’ll see her acting again. Maybe not for a while, more likely she’ll never *really* quit, just appear in different, smaller, projects – less frequently.

  • MoHub

    Best part is that the shoes actually fit! No gapping at the heel and no overhanging toes at the front.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I thought the same!

  • rissa42210

    The bag though… ugh

  • Trisha26

    The dress looks way too young for her and very princess-y. That dark beading at the waist seems to pull the entire thing down, not literally, but it looks saggy or something. Hmmm…

  • Warrior89

    She looks super-foxy and her skin is beeeyoutiful.

    • Spicytomato1

      Yes and yes. Her complexion is to die for.

  • Qitkat

    It’s a cute dress, but the unhemmed double skirt/underslip bothers me in its unevenness. It seems to ride up and down as she moves.

  • Dhyrce Fritz

    She reminds me of a crazy-eyes version of Catherine Zeta.

    • quiltrx

      CZJ IS the crazy-eyes version of CZJ, I think!

  • majorbedhead

    That’s just lovely.

    And whenever she does that little head-tilt-smile thing, I’m immediately reminded of her as Ruth in Fried Green Tomatoes.

  • Janet B

    She looks very pretty.
    I see a garden fairy dress. Maybe an ice fairy, I’m sure my nieces have books featuring pretty ice fairies.

  • Her legs look great in this dress! I was thinking that before I scrolled down and read your wisdom.

  • Anniebet

    Ooh la la lovely. Angelic dress, great shoes, perfect hair and makeup. It’s always hard to believe this woman is approaching 50. She looks 30, and a good 30 at that.

  • alyce1213

    This is a really pretty, very girly dress, and I won’t breathe a word about age inappropriate because it’s giving her life, which is a wonderful thing. She looks fantastic and she knows it. And those legs!

  • Tabby_abby

    She looks lovely. The cast of Red 2 certainly can dress!

  • kim bunchalastnames

    her legs are SPECTACULAR, and yet somehow i wish that dress was just a LEEEDLE bit longer.

  • stephbellard

    There just isn’t any celebrity complaint that doesn’t sound completely entitled and first-world-problemish. And that includes “people are being meant to me online!”

  • the only thing i’m not loving is the color, which reminds me of dust bunnies. i love me some mary louise, she was great in angels in america as a valium-addicted mormon housewife who stepped into her efridgerator and into her own inner world. she uttered a great line: “if the angel was named moroni, why aren’t we called morons?”

  • gracedarling

    I’d probably like it more if it were anchored by a darker shoe – maybe a bronze or gunmetal. The colour and the lipstick seem to emphasize the frippery of this dress, taking it over the edge into twee… but of she feels like being a pretty pretty wood nymph, who am I to argue?

  • filmcricket

    If I listed all the mean things I want to say I’d be here all night, but instead I will simply say that her legs are indeed fabulous, and her hair’s pretty great too.

  • Chin up darling. Never let those (ok, we) bitches see you cry.

  • It really shouldn’t work but it does. Good for her!

  • PeaceBang

    Whoa, what’s up with the weirdness of her legs in the fourth photo down? They look like they were superimposed there. That aside, I don’t want to say what I think of this dress because I don’t want MLP to read anything negative about herself. (psst: too much pink blush, too)

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Oooooo… So many sparkles…very pretty, dear.

  • Anplica Fiore

    Mile. Long. Legs. YOWSERS

  • Diego!

    Very nice Mary-Louise!!! Please exhale hon’, if not your chest looks kinda odd! But you look amazing! 🙂

  • I used to be fashionble

    Must disagree. While she has a beautiful body and face, she is getting close to the age when she must rethink her style. Pretty soon dressing a little less young will make her look younger.

  • marlie

    She looks gorgeous. I can’t think of anyone else who could wear this dress and NOT look like an ice skater, but she’s pulling it off. And her hair and makeup are gorgeous. LOVE her!

  • Gray nightie. Ugh.