Monica Parker is an actor, writer, and producer in theatre, television, and film, most notably All Dogs Go to Heaven. She was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, until the age of thirteen when she immigrated with her parents to Toronto, Canada. Monica is currently starring in her insightful and funny one woman show, Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies, which premiered in 2010. Monica has just completed two features already under option, and has a recurring role on ScyFy's Defiance. Monica lives with her long-time husband and saint, Gilles.
"My dear friend Monica Parker, the hilarious humorist, Mother
Hen to me, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John
Candy--all of us when we started out in Toronto--has written a book
about truly finding yourself, being content with who you are, and
developing an enduring sense of self-esteem."--Dan Aykroyd
comedian, actor, and original cast member of Saturday Night
"I love Monica's humor, her honesty, and--better--her truth.
That love letter to her unexpected boyfriend is something every
woman will want to live. I love her compassionate, funny, sharp,
beautiful, and romantic voice. It'll make sooo many women
feel they are not alone."--Katie Ford, writer/producer of the
box-office smash, Miss Congeniality, and the renowned TV
series, Desperate Housewives--Endorsement
"Monica Parker brings a human--and funny--face to the body
politic that dictates that happiness and acceptance derive only
from a slim physique. She courageously mines her life experience,
in and out of the public eye, not only exposing her vulnerabilities
but also revealing her resilience and hard-won self-acceptance.
Monica's story inspires and her message is truly off the
--David J. Pilon, Ph.D., 2012 president, Eating Disorders Association of Canada-Association des Troubles Alimentaire du Canada
"Ever known a female worried about losing her virginity, bathing suits, and finding Prince Charming while battling body issues? Ever known a female who hasn't?
"Meet Monica Parker, the brilliant, witty, and perceptive woman who has gifted us with a hysterically funny, painfully honest, and outrageous true-life memoir of her life lived well and large. Getting Waisted leads us on Monica's raucously hilarious journey, from Scotland, to Toronto, and then to Beverly Hills--a fat girl growing into a fat woman, hungry for love and life while struggling with scores of diets tried and failed.
"But because Monica is a gifted writer, right up there in the Pantheon with Nora Ephron and Carrie Fisher, there's more than laughter here. This is ultimately a story, populated by a parade of incredible characters, about breaking free from societal stereotypes to embracing who you are, and living life on your own terms. Parker has done that with enormous charm, wit and humor, emerging as a happy and successful actress, writer, producer, and inspirational speaker living an extraordinary life--and with her Prince Charming at her side.
"She beat the odds, and after reading this wonderful book, I think I can too!"--Arlene Sarner, award-winning screenwriter/playwright/producer --Endorsement
"Funny, frank, and refreshingly honest, Getting Waisted is Monica Parker's audacious memoir about her lifelong love/hate relationship with her body. But this book isn't really about being fat; it's about being human, and every woman who has ever used food to sate an emotional emptiness, or longed for self-acceptance, should read it." --Jillian Medoff, bestselling author of I Couldn't Love You More and Hunger Point--Endorsement
"Thank God Monica Parker has turned her revelatory one-woman
show into a hilarious memoir. At times both gobsmacking and
inspiring, it's a story for any human who has struggled with
'fitting in' and gaining ever elusive self-acceptance and
--Sarah Rafferty, actress, 'Donna Paulson' on USA Network's hit drama Suits