Biography

The energetic Huffman began her career off-Broadway with the prestigious Atlantic Theater Company, cofounded by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy. Both men ended up playing important roles in Huffman's life. Mamet cast her in her first film (1988's Things Change), and Macy became her husband and frequent collaborator. In the '90s the versatile actress worked consistently (if somewhat anonymously) in dramas and comedies on stage and screen, notably the cult TV series Sports Night. But in 2004 she became a household name playing high-strung mom Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives, and she soon won an Emmy for her efforts. A year after beginning that series, Huffman proved that she was also a formidable film talent with her turn as a pre-op transsexual in the indie hit Transamerica, which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination. One of her most memorable acceptance speeches was for her 2005 Emmy speech, in which she expressed her gratitude for husband by saying, "I would like to thank the incomparable William H. Macy for taking a chunky 22-year-old with a bad perm and glasses out into a cow pasture and kissing me and making me his wife." Together, she and Macy have two daughters, and she and her husband also participate in the Malibu Triathlon, which raises funds for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Another cause Huffman is passionate about is pet adoption, and she often lends her support to campaigns supporting this movement.

Fast Facts

  • Was Madonna's understudy and eventual successor in the David Mamet-penned 1988 Broadway play Speed-the-Plow.
  • After confessing to Oprah that her dream was to be a back-up singer, the wish-granting Winfrey surprised Huffman with the chance to sing back-up for her idol, Tina Turner, in February 2005.
  • Often participates in the Malibu Triathlon (competing in the celebrity division where three celebs divide up the tasks---she does the running portion); in 2005, she ran with a 101-degree fever.
  • Has talked openly about her struggles with eating disorders and her own negative self-image.
  • Is coauthor of the book A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend and a contributor to the book Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized & Dismissed. 
  • Lends her support to campaigns that encourage pet adoptions.

Awards

  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Tribeca Film Festival — Best Actress in a Narrative Feature: Winner
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner

Relationships

  • Grace Ewing Huffman — Mother
  • Georgia Grace Macy — Daughter
  • Sophia Grace Macy — Daughter
  • William H. Macy — Husband

College

  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Drama, 1988)

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  • Birth Name: Felicity Kendall Huffman
  • Birth Place: Bedford, New York, United States
  • Birthday: December 9, 1962, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor
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