Calista Flockhart

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  • Birth Name: Calista Kay Flockhart
  • Birth Place: Freeport, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/01/1964, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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Before Flockhart became an overnight sensation in the title role of the quirky dramedy Ally McBeal, she was honing her acting chops on stage and in supporting roles in films. She appeared in several off-Broadway shows in the early 1990s before finding acclaim as Laura in the 1994 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie opposite Julie Harris. That same year, Robert Redford cast her in a bit part in Quiz Show. A return to off-Broadway in The Loop caught the eye of director Mike Nichols, who cast Flockhart in a juicy supporting role as the daughter of Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest in his 1996 comedy The Birdcage. But it wasn't on stage or in films that Flockhart would achieve her most memorable work. Flockhart was initially reluctant to take on a weekly TV series and originally passed on the Ally McBeal script. But David E. Kelley persuaded her to audition and she nailed it. Flockhart brilliantly embodied the bright but romantically challenged lawyer, earning a Golden Globe and three Emmy nods during the show's five-year run. But with success came scrutiny. The media endlessly speculated that her trim figure was the result of an eating disorder, which Flockhart vehemently denied. While on Ally, she tackled a handful of film roles and also returned to her New York-stage stomping ground in Neil LaBute's controversial Bash: Latter-Day Plays. After her seminal series ended in 2002, Flockhart took significant time off to be a mom (she adopted a son, Liam, in 2001), but she remained in the spotlight due to her romance with mega-movie star Harrison Ford, who was 22 years her senior. In 2006, Flockhart returned to series television as one of the dysfunctional family members in ABC's ensemble drama Brothers & Sisters. Flockhart is the national spokesperson for Peace Over Violence, a Los Angeles-based organization committed to helping individuals in abusive relationships. Calista Flockhart Fast Facts:
  • First name means "most beautiful" in Greek.
  • Played the flute in her high school band; was also a cheerleader and a member of the student council.
  • Was part of the Manhattan-based theater company Malaparte, whose members included actors Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Frank Whaley and Josh Hamilton.
  • First on-screen appearance was in a 1989 episode of the soap Guiding Light.
  • While working on Broadway, helped support herself by teaching aerobics part-time.
  • In 2003, became the national spokesperson for the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (later renamed Peace Over Violence); was honored with the organization's Humanitarian Award in 2005.
  • Series-regular roles have included the title character on Ally McBeal and Kitty Walker on Brothers & Sisters.
  • Calista Flockhart Relationships:
  • Harrison Ford - Husband
  • Georgia Ford - Stepdaughter
  • Ronald Flockhart - Father
  • Malcolm Carswell Ford - Stepson
  • Willard Ford - Stepson
  • Gary Flockhart - Brother
  • Kay Flockhart - Mother
  • Liam Flockhart - Son
  • Benjamin Ford - Stepson
  • Calista Flockhart Awards:
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female TV Performer - Winner
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2001 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2000 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1999 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • College:
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,, New Brunswick, NJ (BFA in Theater Arts, 1988)

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