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Calista Flockhart



Stage and screen actress, TV star, and the object of endless eating disorder rumors, Calista Flockhart earned fame, fortune, and post-feminist icon status as the eponymous heroine of David E. Kelley's acclaimed TV series Ally McBeal. Since becoming known for her role as the famously neurotic, mini-skirt-clad lawyer, Flockhart has been appearing in an increasing number of films, including Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her.



Born on November 11, 1964, in Freeport, Illinois, Flockhart -- whose first name means "most beautiful" in Greek -- was raised as the daughter of a schoolteacher mother and a Krafts Food executive father. Because of her father's job, the family moved frequently, spending time in Iowa, Minnesota, and New York before settling in New Jersey. Flockhart, whose mother sparked her interest in theatre by taking her to theatre productions during high school, studied drama as a student at Rutgers University. After graduating, she headed to Manhattan to begin her professional stage career.



After enduring years of relative poverty and sustained obscurity, the actress got her big break when she was chosen to play Laura in the 1994 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. Her portrayal won her both a Theatre World Award and the attention of Hollywood casting agents, and that same year she made her film debut with a bit part in Quiz Show -- and had a more substantial role in Getting In, a black comedy directed by a then-unknown Doug Liman. In 1996, Flockhart moved into slightly more mainstream territory when she appeared as the fiancée of Robin Williams' son in The Birdcage; more recognition came her way the following year when she earned strong reviews for her performance as Natasha in a production of Chekov's The Three Sisters.



1997 proved to be a watershed year for Flockhart; in addition to rave stage reviews and a substantial role in the Kevin Bacon vehicle Telling Lies in America, she was cast as the star of Ally McBeal. The show turned out to be a sleeper hit, and Flockhart's titular Boston lawyer became an instantly recognizable name in the pop cultural lexicon. The actress' heightened exposure was reflected both in numerous magazine articles about her and in her star billing in Michael Hoffman's 1998 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which included Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, and Christian Bale amongst its other illustrious cast members.



Two years later, still immersed in Ally McBeal popularity and endless media scrutiny about her weight (Flockhart's thinness has stirred rumors in an industry infamous for its emphasis on being thin), the actress headlined the ensemble cast of Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her. A film composed of four vignettes, it featured Flockhart as the lover of a terminally ill woman (Valeria Golino), and included Holly Hunter, Amy Brenneman, Cameron Diaz, Glenn Close, and Gregory Hines amongst its accomplished players.



Flockhart worked alongside Matthew Broderick in the role of a psychotic girlfriend in The Last Shot (2004), and played a nurse in the psychological thriller Fragile (2005). While the actress declined a role in Desperate Housewives (the part went to Teri Hatcher), she co-starred with Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, and Matthew Rhys in ABC's primetime series Brothers & Sisters (2006-2011).



Flockhart married actor Harrison Ford in 2010, and continues to participate in a variety of political and social causes.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fragile
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Halloween Stories Collection
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Knuffle Bunny & More Great Childhood Adventure Stories
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Frágiles (Fragile)
  • Amy
2005
61% The Last Shot
  • Valerie Weston
2004
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
74% Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
  • Christine
2000
No Score Yet Bash
  • Actor
2000
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Helena
1999
63% Telling Lies in America
  • Diney Majeski
1997
No Score Yet Milk & Money
  • Christine
1996
79% The Birdcage
  • Barbara Keeley
1996
No Score Yet Jane Doe
  • Jane Doe
1996
50% Drunks
  • Helen
1995
96% Quiz Show
  • Barnard Girl
1994
No Score Yet Getting In
  • Amanda Morel
1994
No Score Yet Darrow
  • Lillian Anderson
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Kitty Kitty Walker
97% Supergirl
2015
  • Cat Grant
No Score Yet Full Circle
2013
  • Ellen Kelly-O'Rourke
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Ally McBel Ally McBeal
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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