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Carrie Preston (1967)

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Carrie Preston is an American film and television actress, producer and director. Her husband is actor Michael Emerson, and her brother is actor John G. Preston.


 early life
Preston was born and raised in Macon, Georgia by her mother, an artist and art therapist, and her father, a geo-technical engineer. A young Carrie Preston discovered her true calling in performing arts. She began performing in community theater shows at age 8, and by age 12 she had begun her own front-yard theater company with other neighborhood kids. Preston later obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville, followed by a diploma from the Juilliard School in New York.

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 portrayed Arlene Fowler on True Blood, HBO's drama series about vampires who have come out of hiding thanks to the creation of synthetic blood which no longer requires them to feed on humans.

She appeared in an early Sex and the City episode, which is interesting considering the main character, Carrie Bradshaw later marries Mr. Big, taking his name and becoming Carrie Preston.

On July 31, 2010, Carrie Preston and her husband Michael Emerson read A. R. Gurney's Love Letters, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at the Charleston Stage. They performed it as a fundraiser for the South Carolina's theatre. The reading was followed by a brief and intimate Question and Answer session.

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