Greeneville, Tennessee , United States
|| March 15, 1957
Jun 23, 2012 11:29pm
Caucasian - Liberal - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro Environment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Labor -
|Info||Park was born in Greeneville, TN. Her mother, Frances, was an English professor; and her father, Thomas, was a Federal Magistrate. Park graduated from Tusculum College- the oldest college in Tennessee. |
After college, Park moved to New York City where she pursued her acting career. She worked in numerous off-off-Broadway plays before making her Broadway debut as "Rowena" in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, a role she later reprised in the motion picture. While in New York she landed the role of Laverne on the long-running hit TV series Empty Nest. Later she appeared in numerous TV movies on Lifetime and other networks and made guest appearances on TV shows such as The Golden Girls, as well as a recurring role on Reba. She adored Johnny Carson and was a regular guest on The Tonight Show. Movies in which she has appeared include Mississippi Burning, Kindergarten Cop, Talk Radio, and Beer for my Horses to name a few. Park Overall -Lori Ann -SmallPark retired from acting and returned to live in her hometown of Greeneville and address the worsening environmental conditions in East Tennessee. In 2011, she stepped out of retirement to take a role in the independent film In the Family. This movie has received rave reviews and is currently in limited release at theaters across the country, including Knoxville, where it will open on May 4th, 2012. (For more information go to, InTheFamilyTheMovie.com.)
An avid protector of the environment, Park has long played a part in environmental activism in East Tennessee and North Carolina. In addition to taking on industry over the past several years for the pollution of the Nolichucky River, she appeared on Primetime Live in the 1990s in order to expose the devastation of the Pigeon River caused by pollution. She considers this "her finest work." She aggressively continues her fight to protect the severely compromised natural resources of her home state and is also a strong advocate for animals, having rescued many from cruel and negligent situations. This is evident on her Greene County farm, where she cares for numerous horses, llamas, goats, dogs, cats, and one donkey.
Park often talks about her parents, who raised her to be both informed and involved in politics. "As a child, we always watched the evening news and the Vietnam War weighed heavy on our kitchen table." Living up to her parents' expectations to this day, Park continues to stay informed, and it was largely due their influence that she has taken her involvement one-step further and decided to run for the U.S. Senate. This decision was further fueled by the current "War on Women" which, along with her concerns about education, child abuse, the environment, and the all-consuming hatred in today's political rhetoric, have moved her to step up. "They are stealing our America - word by word," Park says; and it is her hope that her campaign can raise awareness through truth and engage people more meaningfully in the political process.