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Carrie Preston
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Date of Birth
June 21, 1967 (1967-06-21) (age 47)
Birthplace
Macon, Georgia, USA
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Carrie Preston, born June 21, 1967 in Macon, Georgia, is an American actress who plays the role of Arlene Fowler Bellefleur on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut on the episode "Strange Love" in the series first season, Carrie was part of the initial starring cast and has remained a starring cast member through the series' second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons.

Early LifeEdit

Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, to an artist and art therapist mother and a geo-technical engineer father, a young Carrie Preston discovered her true calling in performing arts. At the age of 12, she became the impresario of her own front-yard theater company as producer, writer, casting director, costumer, director and actress. Preston later obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville followed with an acting diploma from the prestigious performing arts school Juilliard School. After attending Juilliard, Preston went on to work in performing arts.

CareerEdit

Preston has worked with her husband, actor Michael Emerson, on a number of projects. Emerson plays Ben Linus on television's Lost, and Preston was a guest star in episode 20 of season 3, The Man Behind the Curtain. She played Ben's mother Emily for several flashback scenes, though she and Emerson never appeared in any scenes together. Emerson and Preston were both featured in the 2004 comedy Straight-Jacket, and the 2008 feature film Ready? OK!.

Preston is co-owner of the production company Daisy 3 Pictures with James Vasquez and Mark Holmes.

Since 2008, Preston has appeared in the ongoing HBO series True Blood as Arlene Fowler.

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Selected creditsEdit

ActingEdit

FilmEdit

  • My Best Friend's Wedding (as Mandy), 1997
  • Mercury Rising (as Emily), 1998
  • Straight-Jacket (as Sally), 2004
  • The Stepford Wives (as Barbara), 2004
  • Transamerica (as Sydney), 2005
  • Lovely By Surprise (as Marian), 2007
  • Nothing is Private (as Mrs. Vuoso), 2007
  • Ready? OK! (as Andy Dowd), 2008
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008
  • Duplicity, 2009

TelevisionEdit

  • Sex and the City (in episode "The Chicken Dance" as Madeline Dunn), 1999
  • Emeril (as B.D. Benson), 2001
  • Wonderfalls (as Sister Katrina in episode "Wound-up Penguin"), 2004
  • Numb3rs (in episode "Dirty Bomb" as Vicky Sites), 2005
  • The Inside (in episode "Pre-Filer" as Kelly Comack), 2005
  • Arrested Development (in episode "Fakin' It" as Jan Eagleman), 2006
  • Lost (in episode "The Man Behind the Curtain" as Emily), 2007
  • Desperate Housewives (in episode "You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover" as Lucy), 2007
  • True Blood (as Arlene Fowler), 2008-

TheaterEdit

  • The Tempest (as Miranda), Broadway, 1995
  • Antony and Cleopatra (as Octavius Caesar), Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1997
  • Freedomland (as Polly), Playwrights Horizons, 1998
  • Straight Jacket (as Sally), Playhouse 91, 2000
  • She Stoops to Conquer (as Kate Hardcastle), Center Stage, 2000
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (as Honey), Guthrie Theater, 2001
  • Chaucer in Rome (as Sarah), Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 2001
  • Boys and Girls (as Shelly), Duke on 42nd Street, 2002
  • No Foreigners Beyond This Point (as Paula Wheaton), Center Stage, 2002
  • The Rivals (as Julia), Broadway, 2004-2005
  • Hamlet (as Ophelia), McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, New Jersey, 2005
  • Cycling Past the Matterhorn (as Amy), Clurman Theatre, 2005
  • Festen (as Mette), Music Box Theatre (Broadway), 2006
  • Esther Demsac (as the reluctant nanny), NY Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre, 2008
  • Likeness, Primary Stages Theater (307 W. 38th Street), 2008

DirectingEdit

FilmEdit

  • 29th and Gay, 2005
  • Feet of Clay, short film written by David Caudle

TheaterEdit

  • Girl Talk, screenplay by actress Kellie Overbey, 2008

ProducingEdit

FilmEdit

  • 29th and Gay, 2005
  • Feet of Clay, short film written by David Caudle
  • Ready? OK!, 2008

NotesEdit

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AppearancesEdit

Season one appearances
"Strange Love" "The First Taste" "Mine" "Escape from Dragon House"
"Sparks Fly Out" "Cold Ground" "Burning House of Love" "The Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Plaisir D'Amour" "I Don't Wanna Know" "To Love Is to Bury" "You'll Be the Death of Me"
Season two appearances
"Nothing but the Blood" "Keep This Party Going" "Scratches" "Shake and Fingerpop"
"Never Let Me Go" "Hard-Hearted Hannah" "Release Me" "Timebomb"
"I Will Rise Up" "New World in My View" "Frenzy" "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"
Season four appearances
"She's Not There" "You Smell Like Dinner" "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" "I'm Alive and on Fire"
"Me and the Devil" "I Wish I Was the Moon" "Cold Grey Light of Dawn" "Spellbound"
"Let's Get Out of Here" "Burning Down the House" "Soul of Fire" "And When I Die"
Season five appearances
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Authority Always Wins" "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" "We’ll Meet Again"
"Let's Boot and Rally" "Hopeless" "In the Beginning" "Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Sunset" "Save Yourself"
Season six appearances
"Who Are You, Really?" "The Sun" "You're No Good" "At Last"
"Fuck the Pain Away" "Don't You Feel Me" "In the Evening" "Dead Meat"
"Life Matters" "Radioactive"
Season seven appearances
"Jesus Gonna Be Here" "I Found You" "Fire in the Hole" "Death is Not the End"
"Lost Cause" "Karma" "May be the Last Time" "Almost home"
"Love is to Die" "Thank you"



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