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Sarah Jessica Parker: Photos Through the Years

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July 31, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker’s name might be synonymous with Manhattan these days, but she was actually born in Ohio on March 25, 1965.

It didn’t take long for her family to recognize her formidable talents as a performance artist, and they relocated to New York so she could take singing, ballet and acting classes.

It all paid off! At the age of 11, SJP -- and her older brother Timothy -- accepted a role on Broadway in The Innocents.

She made her way down the Great White Way three years later and landed the lead role of the lovable scrappy orphan in Annie.

Take a look below at her looks through the years and leave us a comment to let us know your favourite!

SJP’s depth and likability caught the eye of multiple casting directors, jump-starting her transition from the small screen to the big screen. Her two most notable breakout roles put both her acting and dancing talents on display: She had a supporting role alongside Kevin Bacon in the 1984 hit musical drama Footloose, and nabbed her first lead role as the rebellious, dance-obsessed Janey Glenn the following year in Girls Just Want to Have Fun, with Helen Hunt.

SJP has her brother Toby to thank for introducing her to the man of her dreams in 1992: Matthew Broderick, who was directing her sibling in an Off-Broadway play. "(Matthew) called me for a date. We went out, and that was it!" Parker told Parade. The two (pictured at the Oscars on March 29, 1993) were married in a low-key ceremony at a New York City synagogue in 1997 -- and the bride wore black, a bold choice she later regretted. "I was too embarrassed to get married in white, and both Matthew and I were reluctant to have people pay so much attention to us," she later told Marie Claire. "Which is ridiculous, because that's when you can relish the attention, when it's natural.”

Sarah Jessica Parker took on the role that changed her life in 1998 -- Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. The groundbreaking series changed the face of fashion and blew the lid off the oft-touchy topic of women, sex and age in pop culture. Almost instantly, Carrie became an icon and a beloved household name.

In April 2009, Parker and Broderick announced that they were expecting twin girls via surrogate -- an announcement that caused much media speculation. But Parker was completely candid about her fertility issues, and why she chose surrogacy. The couple welcomed daughters Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, on June 22, 2009 (the family is photographed, including 6-year-old big brother James Wilkie, on the day the twins were born).

Recognized as one of the highest-earning actresses in Hollywood by Forbes in 2011, SJP -- who earned a reported $30 million the previous year -- continued to keep busy in the film world. First with New Year's Eve and then with her role as a working mom in I Don’t Know How She Does It (pictured with co-star Greg Kinnear), which she admitted hit close to home.

In an interview she gave during the filming of the movie, Parker told the Los Angeles Times, "When I was leaving for work this morning I was thinking about my kids, and how it felt like a real act of betrayal. That helps me appreciate the conflict that exists for this particular character and countless women across the globe. I can understand the purgatory we put ourselves in."

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