Annie Parisse: 7 Facts You Need To Know About The Actress

Annie Parisse is an American actress known for her role as Alexandra Borgia in the NBC legal drama series, Law & Order. She is also known for such movies as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, National Treasure, and One for the Money.

Annie has featured in a good number of movies and TV productions. She has been in the professional acting business since 1998. Below are 7 facts you need to know about the actress.

Annie Parisse Bio

The actress whose real name is Anne Marie Cancelmi was born on July 31, 1975, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is the daughter of Louis G. and Annette Cancelmi. Louis is an Alaska Air senior executive while Annette was a first-grade teacher at Newport Heights Elementary. The professional name of the actress came from her late great-grandmother’s maiden name, Anna Maria Parisse. She has used the name ever since her early stage appearances.

Annie has mixed ancestry. Her father has portions of Italian, Slovak, and Polish origin while her mum is of both Italian and Syrian ancestry. The popular actress has two brothers – Louis Cancelmi and Michael Cancelmi who took after the teaching profession like their mum. Likewise, Louis is an actor, sharing the same profession with his sister, Annie.

The actress who was raised in King County, Washington is known to have a decent and humble personality. A trait that is largely responsible for the cordial relationship she enjoys with her friends, colleagues, and superiors in the film industry. Annie has worked on both stage and screen as well. She has also featured in stage performances like the 2007 Broadway’s Prelude to a Kiss and Becky Shaw in 2009.

Annie Parisse trained as an actor at London’s Holborne Center for Performing Arts. At a point, she also taught an ‘Acting for the Camera’ class at Fordham University. In due time, Annie became a popular Hollywood TV and film actress with many acting credits to her name. She says she loves creative works and had “expected to do regional and classical theater”.

She is still in the acting business and is most known for her role in Law & Order among many other successful productions. In 2001, she won a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Young Actress for her role in As the World Turns as Julia Lindsay Snyder.


Annie Parisse attended Mercer Island High School, near Seattle, WA, and for her higher education, later attended Fordham University in New York City, where she eventually taught acting classes for some time. While at the University, Annie had become popular with several stage productions, being the lead role in such drama productions as Medea and Antigone. 

After her education at Fordham, Annie moved to London where she trained further as an actor and finally returned to the United States to build a more stable acting career for herself.


Annie launched her professional acting career with the role of Julia Lindsay Snyder in the CBS series, As the World Turns which she played in from 1998 to 2001. She however returned for a few episodes in 2002. Annie has featured in many TV productions such as Law & Order, Third Watch, Big Apple, Friends, and most currently acted in the TV film, Paterno where she played the role of Mary Kay Paterno.

For movies, she is known for such roles as Jeannie Ashcroft in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days; Morgan in Monster-In-Law; Agent Dawes in National Treasure amongst others. In all, she has credits for over 30 films and TV productions collectively and a number of outstanding stage performances.

Law & Order was the longest-running crime drama on American primetime television. Annie joined the team in its 15th season after appearing in the “Attorney-Client” episode in 2002. Coincidentally, Annie’s brother Louis is married to Law & Order veteran Sam Waterston’s daughter, Elisabeth Waterston.

Net Worth

Annie is estimated to worth within a range of $9 – $10 million.

Family Life

Annie Parisse is a wife and mother of two. She is one of the Hollywood actresses who has not yet had any divorce or separation case. Annie is married to Paul Sparks. The couple got married in 2005 and together, they have two children- a son, Emmett, and a daughter whose name is not yet known.

Paul Sparks grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma. His father Michael is a high school football coach while his mother Jane is an elementary school teacher. In 1995, Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama. He is known for his role in Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, and other movie and TV productions. Like his wife, the award-winning actor has also made several appearances on Law & Order.

Annie and Paul have kept a low profile about their private life with little or no information randomly thrown out to the public.


Annie is pretty much the regular girl next door. When she is not at work on location, Annie who is a sucker for healthy eating habits and lifestyles will be found cooking, reading or perhaps seeing an operatic/theatrical performance. She has an interest in photography as well.

Height and Body Measurements

Height: 5 ft 10 inch (1.78 m)

Weight: 125 lbs (57 kg)

Shoe Size: Unknown

Body Measurements: 34-26-35.

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