Calista Flockhart

Infobox actor
name = Calista Flockhart

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caption = Flockhart at the 80th Academy Awards
birthname = Calista Kay Flockhart
birthdate = birth date and age|1964|11|11
birthplace = Freeport, Illinois, U.S.
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yearsactive = 1989–present
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domesticpartner = Harrison Ford (engaged)cite web || work=Calista Flockhart| url=|accessmonthday=December 29 | accessyear=2007]
children = 1
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goldenglobeawards = Best Actress in A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
1998 "Ally McBeal"
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sagawards = Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1999 "Ally McBeal"
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awards = Theatre World Award
1995 "The Glass Menagerie"

Calista Kay Flockhart (born November 11 1964) is an American actress, primarily on television. She is best known for playing the title character of "Ally McBeal" (1997–2002). She now plays Sally Field's feuding daughter, Kitty Walker, on the ABC drama, "Brothers & Sisters".

Early life

Flockhart was born in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Kay, a teacher of English, and Ronald Flockhart, an executive for Kraft Foods. Flockhart has Greek, English, Irish and Italian ethnicity. [Calista Flockhart > Internet Movie Database] She has one older brother, Gary. Her mother reversed her own first and middle names in naming her Calista Kay. (The name "Calista" comes from Greek "kallista", meaning "most beautiful.") Because her father's job required the family to move often, Flockhart was raised with her brother in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Norwich, New York, and New Jersey. As a child, she wrote a play called "Toyland" in which she performed to a small audience at a dinner party.

Flockhart attended Shawnee High School in Medford Township, New Jersey. Following her graduation in 1983, Flockhart attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. While there, she attended a specialized and competitive class, lasting from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. In her sophomore year at Rutgers, Flockhart met aspiring actress Jane Krakowski, the best friend of her roommate. Later they would both work together on "Ally McBeal".

Flockhart's acting ability was recognized when William Esper (Mason Gross' theatre director and Flockhart's acting teacher) made an exception to policy by allowing Flockhart to perform on the main stage. Though this venue is usually reserved for juniors and seniors, Harold Scott insisted that Flockhart perform there in his production of William Inge's "Picnic". Flockhart graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre in 1988 as one of only a few students who successfully completed the course. She was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni on May 3 2003.

After receiving her degree, Flockhart moved to New York City in 1989 where she remained until 1997, living with three other women in a two-bedroom apartment and working as a waitress and aerobics instructor while she simultaneously sought auditions.


Early career

In spring 1989, Flockhart made her first television appearance in a minor role in an episode of "Guiding Light" as a babysitter. She made her professional debut on the New York stage, appearing in "Beside Herself" alongside Melissa Joan Hart at the Circle Repertory Theatre. Two years later, Flockhart appeared in the television movie "Darrow".Though she later appeared in films "Naked in New York" (1993) and "Getting In" (1994), her first substantial speaking part in a film was in "Quiz Show", directed by Robert Redford.

Flockhart debuted on Broadway in 1994, as Laura in "The Glass Menagerie". Actor Julie Harris felt Flockhart should be hired without further auditions, claiming that she seemed ideal for the part. Flockhart received a Clarence Derwent Award for her performance. In 1995, Flockhart became acquainted with actors such as Dianne Wiest and Faye Dunaway when she appeared in the movie "Drunks". Later that year, Flockhart starred in "Jane Doe" as a drug addict. In 1996, Flockhart appeared as the daughter of Dianne Wiest and Gene Hackman's characters in "The Birdcage". Throughout that year, she continued to work on Broadway, playing the role of Natasha in Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters".

"Ally McBeal"

In 1997 Flockhart was requested to audition for the starring role in David E. Kelley's FOX television series, "Ally McBeal". Kelley, having heard of Flockhart, wanted her to audition for the contract part. Though Flockhart at first hesitated due to the necessary commitment to the show in a negotiable contract, she was swayed by the script and travelled to Los Angeles to audition for the part, which she won. She earned a Golden Globe Award for the role in 1998. Flockhart also appeared on the June 29, 1998, cover of "Time" magazine, [cite web|title=TIME Magazine Cover: Is Feminism Dead?|url=,16641,19980629,00.html|date=June 29, 1998|publisher=Time] placed as the newest iteration in the evolution of feminism, relating to the ongoing debate about the role depicted by her character. [cite news|url=,9171,988616,00.html|title=It's All About Me!|publisher=Time|author=Ginia Bellafante|date=1998-06-29]

Throughout her professional career, Flockhart has maintained her natural thin figure. However many have commented that Flockhart had become dangerously too thin, particularly when the actress made red carpet appearances in clothing that showed her excessively thin build. She had maintained throughout the show's run that she has never been diagnosed with either anorexia or bulimia, nor has she been a user of illegal drugs. She did remark, however, that while starring in the show she refrained from eating sweets, retaining her slim figure by working out.Fact|date=January 2008 She has now admitted that she had a problem at the time, and was "exercising too much" and "eating too little". [cite news|title=Taking beauty's measure|author=Jenifer Goodwin|publisher=The San Diego Union-Tribune|url=|date=2006-09-24]

Other work

Flockhart played the role of Helena in the 1999 film version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In 2000, she appeared in "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" and "", later accompanying Eve Ensler to Kenya in order to protest violence against women, particularly female genital mutilation. Flockhart also starred in the off-Broadway production of Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues".

In 2004, Flockhart appeared as Matthew Broderick's deranged girlfriend in "The Last Shot". In the same year, Flockhart travelled to Spain for the filming of "Fragile", which premiered in September 2005 at the Venice Film Festival.

She was offered the role of Susan Mayer on "Desperate Housewives", but declined. The role went to Teri Hatcher. Flockhart currently stars as communication advisor Kitty Walker in the ABC TV prime time series "Brothers & Sisters", which premiered in September 2006 in the time slot after "Desperate Housewives".

Personal life

Flockhart is currently the national spokesperson for Peace Over Violence. [cite web|title=National Spokesperson|publisher=Peace Over Violence |url=|accessdate=2008-01-08] She is also engaged to Harrison Ford and she has an adopted son. During 2008, she spent the summer in Alaska with Harrison and her adopted son Liam.


-! colspan="3" style="background: #DAA520;" | Golden Globe Award
-succession box
title=Best Actress - Musical Or Comedy Series
for "Ally McBeal"
before=Helen Hunt
for "Mad About You"
after=Jenna Elfman
for "Dharma and Greg"

-! colspan="3" style="background: #DAA520;" | Theatre World Award
-succession box
title=Theatre World Award
for "The Glass Menagerie"
before=Beverly D'Angelo
for "Simpatico"
after=Kevin Kilner
for "The Glass Menagerie"

-! colspan="3" style="background: #DAA520;" | Screen Actors Guild Awards
-succession box
title=Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble - Comedy Series
for "Ally McBeal"
before=Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld
for "Seinfeld"
after=Dan Butler, Peri Gilpin, Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce
for "Frasier"


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NAME= Flockhart, Calista
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Flockhart, Calista Kay
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Award-winning American television and film actress.
DATE OF BIRTH= November 11, 1964
PLACE OF BIRTH= Freeport, Illinois, United States

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