Park Overall is an American actress, environmental and women’s rights activist, and former U.S. Senate candidate, known for her trademark heavy Southern accent.
Overall was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Greeneville, Tennessee. She is the daughter of Thomas Wesley “Jack” Overall, Jr., a federal magistrate and Frances (née Bernard), a professor of English. She has described her parents as Yellow Dog Democrats. As a teenager, she worked on the political campaigns of Tom Wiseman and Jim Sasser.
Overall graduated from Tusculum University with a degree in English, and briefly attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee. In her late 20s, she moved to New York to pursue an acting career. One of her first roles was in Skin, an off-off-Broadway play about Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. She also appeared in the Neil Simon play, Biloxi Blues, and had a role in a failed pilot called The Line (which aired once in the summer of 1987) with Dinah Manoff, with whom she eventually costarred on the NBC series, Empty Nest.