NEW ORLEANS – N.O. native and award-winning actress Patricia Clarkson has been named the Honorary Muse for the 2012 season, the krewe announced Thursday.
Clarkson will lead the parade from the iconic 17-foot tall fiber optic-encrusted red pump shoe float.
The krewe said it chose Clarkson because she is a woman the Krewe deemed the embodiment of the spirit of the nine muses. Traditionally, the Krewe of Muses annually selects an honoree who exemplifies a single Muse from Greek mythology.
“We are honored to have Patricia Clarkson as our first-ever Honorary EveryMuse. She is most deserving of this selection. Her lyrical poetry skills are worthy of Erato and her place in history is set as an Emmy winner for Clio. Melpomene-pleasing in her tender portrayals of women facing tragedy like cancer victim Mia in ‘Five‘, to her dance of love for Terpsichore in ‘Cairo Time‘. Urania would certainly agree, as do we, she is the Muses true star,” said Krewe of Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg.
Patricia is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress who has appeared and starred in countless film, television and theatre productions. A New Orleans native, Patricia is the daughter of Arthur Clarkson and Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson. After earning a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama, Clarkson made her Hollywood debut in 1987 as Mrs. Eliot Ness in “The Untouchables“, acting opposite Kevin Costner. She has appeared in critically acclaimed films including, “Cairo Time“, “The Green Mile” and “Shutter Island“; television shows such as “Six Feet Under“; and theatre productions including, “The Maiden’s Prayer” and “A Streetcar Named Desire“.