R.I.P. Lara Parker, Angelique on the gothic soap ''Dark Shadows''

She captivated audiences as she went up against Barnabas Collins, and later wrote several novels based on the show. The actress, author, and teacher was 84.

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Lara Parker, known fondly for her role as the antagonistic witch Angelique Bouchard on the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, has passed away at the age of 84.

Parker was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1938. She was still in the beginning of her acting career when she landed the role that would become her most famous; that of witch Angelique, who adored and hated Barnabas Collins in turns. Originally introduced as a way to explain how Barnabas had become a vampire, Parker was so popular that she was brought back for multiple storylines through the show's six-season run.

Her Dark Shadows co-star, Kathryn Leigh Scott, wrote about her time with Parker. "We met as 'Josette' and 'Angelique' on Dark Shadows... that's how many knew us, but we knew each other as friends and confidantes. For more than 50 years, our lives were intertwined through our mutual love of literature, writing and acting. While getting on with the ordinary stuff of life, we sought each other out for encouragement, support and a trusted sounding board. We could not have been more unalike, and therein lay the magic of our enduring friendship. My thoughts are with her family in this sad time of grief and remembrance."

She reprised her role as Angelique in the film Night of Dark Shadows in 1971. Following her time at Collinwood, she appeared on TV and film through much of the Seventies and early Eighties, usually in guest starring roles. Notably, she played Bruce Banner's wife in the 1977 Incredible Hulk TV show pilot. Fans will remember that it is Banner's wife's death that drives him to the risky experiments that lead to him becoming the Hulk.

In 1998, Parker published her first novel in the Dark Shadows universe, Angelique's Descent. She followed the book up with sequels Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch and Dark Shadows: Wolf Moon Rising. In 2016, her fourth and final novel, Heiress of Collinwood, was released.

In her later life, Parker stepped away from acting and became a high school English teacher, getting her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University.

Parker had not entirely left the TV world of Dark Shadows behind, however. In 2012, she reunited with fellow cast members Jonathan Frid, David Selby, and Kathryn Leigh Scott to make cameo appearances in Tim Burton's remake movie Dark Shadows, where Parker's character was played by Eva Green. You can spot them during the gala scene at Collinwood, where they arrive to the party as a group.

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George58 6 months ago
Loved Lara/Angelique on Dark Shadows. Had such a crush on her. R.I.P. Lara. Please bring Dark Shadows to MeTV. It would be great after Svengoolie.
Wiseguy70005 George58 6 months ago
Both the first (pre-Barnabas) and final years of Dark Shadows can only be seen on cable due to costly residual payments.
Billmimms 9 months ago
Dan Curtis was a genius. It's a very enjoyable read how he collectively created Dark Shadows. I'm continually reminded the show was live. They point out the mistakes that were made during that time, but it was such a solid production, it doesn't detract at all.
Good4nutten 9 months ago
Please bring back Dark Shadows, it would be perfect to aired right after Svengoolie!
SusanWilkinson 9 months ago
I remember watching the show when I came home from elementary school. Strangely enough, I would also switch to the Galloping Gourmet.
HopeDuchaine 9 months ago
I loved this lady. She was the most versatile actress. May she RIP.
George58 9 months ago
That is so sad. Condolences to her family. I LOVED Lara on Dark Shadows. I had such a crush on her as a young kid. The episodes where Nicholas Blair turned her into a vampire, well, she could have bitten me on the neck ANY TIME! R.I.P. Lara
Tresix 9 months ago
I think she was the first “bad girl” that I had a crush on. It was only a few weeks ago that MeTV reran that “Kolchak” episode with Ms. Parker. I also looked at some scenes from “Race with The Devil” online. Farewell, “Angelique”.
BobbyPags56 9 months ago
As a young (10 child who had just moved across the country-NY to CA my one constant was DS and coming home from school to watch it. When Lara came on the show I fell in love always had a thing for bad girls I was so glad Barnabas and her finally got together in the end, even under different names. RIP Lara tou were a young teens crush
DJDAVE 9 months ago
My favorite character. Strong personality. May she rest in Peace!
MrsPhilHarris 9 months ago
Loved Dark Shadows. Would watch it in the basement rec room with the lights out.
Runeshaper 9 months ago
R.I.P. Lara Parker. Sounds like she had a very productive and enjoyable life!

As a side note, I really enjoyed the Dark Shadows of 2012 (-:
BobbyPags56 Runeshaper 9 months ago
just watching it on YouTube right now
tootsieg 9 months ago
R.I.P. Lara Parker. You were wonderful as Angelique. You helped make Dark Shadows “the soap opera to watch.”
DethBiz 9 months ago
RIP Lara Parker. I loved her in the movie Race with the Devil. That movie was absolutely great. Satanic cults, car crashes and RG Armstrong. Nothing better!
cperrynaples DethBiz 9 months ago
Fun Fact: The other woman was Loretta Swit AKA Hot Lips! I saw it in the theater and it packs a powerful ending!
DethBiz cperrynaples 9 months ago
Yes, she played Warren Oates wife. The ending was one of those it looks like everything is going to be all right now moments and then WHAT!
Peter_Falk_Fan 9 months ago
I remember getting off the school bus and rushing home to watch "Dark Shadows". Lara Parker played Angelique so well, especially the love/hate relationship with Barnabas Collins.

R.I.P. Lara Parker
harlow1313 9 months ago
Sometimes you click the METV stories page and get a bit of an unpleasant surprise. I am fond of "Dark Shadows," and I can still feel how Angelique's eyes and wickedness made me feel when I was but a boy, such selfish evil and beauty.
Sway 9 months ago
My favorites Dark Shadows actor. She always had such a mystique about her and was an exciting character to watch.
R.I.P. Lara Parker. 🕊
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