Parks and Recreation Reveals Tammy Number-One!

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Soon after season two of Parks and Recreation concluded, we asked the pressing question: What actress should play the key role of Ron Swanson's first wife, Tammy number-one?

Many answers were given, but no one nailed NBC's final choice: Patricia Clarkson has signed on for the role.

P. Clarkson

"Tammy 1 is her own specific brand of demon," producer Michael Schur told TV Guide of the character. "I think we came up with backstory for her that’s both funny and illuminating and also answers all of the questions that you would have when seeing people’s reactions to her presence in the finale."

Clarkson is a veteran of the big and small screen. Most recently, she portrayed Emma Stone's parent in Easy A and appeared in the SNL classic Motherlover.

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Ron: Indianapolis is home to Charles Mulligan's Steakhouse, the best damn steakhouse in the damn state. I have taken a picture of every steak I've ever eaten there. June 2004: Porterhouse, medium rare, Bearnaise sauce. January 2000: They call this one, The Enforcer. February '96: The steak ribeye. The Whiskey: Lagavulin 16. The lady next to me? A bitch. Specifically, my ex-wife Tammy. OK, this is the first I ever went there. Look at me. Just a kid.

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