Lara Parker was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Memphis. She attended Central High School in Memphis, and won a scholarship to Vassar College. At Vassar, Lara began a major in philosophy, which she completed at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), receiving her BA. She attended graduate school at the University of Iowa and completed all course work on a Masters in speech and drama.
It was during the summer when Lara was supposed to write her thesis, she acted at the Millbrook Playhouse, in Lock Haven, PA. She did 5 leading roles in 6 weeks. Rather than returning to Iowa, she decided to try her luck in New York. During only her second week in the city, she was cast as Angelique, the witch, in the daytime horror serial, Dark Shadows (1966). It was a role she held for 5 years.
It culminated with the film, Night of Dark Shadows (1971). While still in New York, Lara appeared on Broadway, in the play, “Woman is My Idea”, as well as 2 off-Broadway plays: “Lulu” and “A Gun Play”.
I’m 1972, Lara moved to Los Angeles, and began working in film and prime-time television, performing many guest starring roles, and occasionally returning to daytime television.
After retiring from acting, Lara changed her focus back to what her original interests were. She became a high school and college English teacher, and obtained her MFA in creative writing (from Antioch University).
Lara’s become an author, completing 4 novels based on “Dark Shadows” (see book section, below).
She lives in California, with her husband, Jimmy Hawkins, and their daughter, Caitlin Hawkins.
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