Mary-Louise Parker Talks Turbulent Point in Life, Billy Crudup-Claire Danes Memories

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Mary-Louise Parker has written a new book, and earlier this week she chatted about it with Savannah Guthrie on The Today Show. At one point the talk turned to a very turbulent point in the Weeds actress's life--when Billy Crudup left her for Claire Danes. Mary-Louise Parker was seven months pregnant at the time.

It was back in 2003, and Billy Crudup was starring opposite Claire Danes in Stage Beauty. Mary-Louise Parker recalls that moment in time in the part of her book called "Dear Mr. Cabdriver."

"S--t, goddamn. I mean, why, I mean why the hell-NO! Where are you going now?" Parker yelled at her cabdriver (as excerpted in her memoir). Her shouting got so bad, in fact, that the driver told Parker to get out of the car. "I don't want you anymore," he said to her. She replied: "No one does . . . Look at me . . . My life is worse than yours in this moment . . . I am alone. Look, see? I am pregnant and alone. It hurts to even breathe."

"This was a complete stranger that met me at a very low moment," Mary-Louise Parker told Savannah Guthrie. "And had I been in touch with a higher self and been forgiving of him, it would've been heroic. But I was so attached to my own unhappiness that I was unable to sort of rise above feeling persecuted, and it just created this dynamic with this perfect stranger . . . and he held up a mirror at my face, he sort of haunted me because I didn't consider him or his life."

Parker acknowledges that something very wonderful came out of that turbulent period--her now 11-year-old son William.

"It was something that I had waited for all my life," Parker says of motherhood, as detailed in her memoir. "I wanted a baby my whole life. I was a little girl who wanted that baby."

Mary-Louise Parker's new book, Dear Mr. You, is a series of letters to the men from various periods in her life--some real and some made-up--who have shaped the person she is today. It hit book stores on November 10th.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.