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Felicity Huffman
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Huffman at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2012.
BornFelicity Kendall Huffman

(1962-12-09) December 9, 1962 (age 51)


Bedford, New York, U.S.
Alma materThe Putney School


Interlochen Arts Academy


New York University
OccupationActress
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)William H. Macy (1997–present)
ChildrenSophia Macy


Georgia Macy
Website
WhatTheFlicka.com
Felicity Kendall Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She is known for her role as executive producer Dana Whitaker on the ABC comedy-drama Sports Night (1998–2000), which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination, and as hectic supermom Lynette Scavo on the long-running ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives (2004–2012), which has earned her an Emmy Award and three Screen Actors Guild Award.

In 2005, her critically acclaimed role as a transgender woman in the independent film Transamerica earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She has also starred in such films as Reversal of Fortune, The Spanish Prisoner, Magnolia, Path to War, Georgia Rule and Phoebe in Wonderland.

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      Early life and education

      Felicity Huffman was born on December 9, 1962 in Bedford, New York, the daughter of Grace Valle (née Ewing), an actress, and Moore Peters Huffman (1910–1987), a banker and partner at Morgan Stanley. Her parents divorced a year after her birth, and she was raised mostly by her mother. She has six sisters (Mariah, Betsy, Jane, Grace, Isabel, Jessie) and a brother (Moore Jr.).[citation needed] She is of German, English, and Scotch-Irish ancestry.

      Huffman attended The Putney School, a private boarding high school in Putney, Vermont and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan in 1981. She attended New York University, Circle in the Square and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

      Career

      Early career in theatre

      Huffman made her debut on stage in 1982 and 80's and 90's worked as a rule on stage productions. In 1988, she debuted on Broadway in the role as Karen in David Mamet's play Speed the Plow. In 1995, Huffman won Obie Award for her performance in the critically successful play The Cryptogram by David Mamet. In 1999 she starred in the premiere of David Mamet's play Boston Marriage, about the daringly intimate relationship between two turn-of-the-century women, as well as in several other major theatrical productions.

      Later television and film roles




      Huffman and Macy at The Heart Truth in 2010
      Huffman debuted on the big screen in 1988 with a small role in the Mamet's film Things Change. Two years later, she appeared as Minnie, a Harvard law school student in the courtroom drama, Reversal of Fortune. Her other credits include 1992 thriller Quicksand: No Escape with Donald Sutherland and Tim Matheson, The Water Engine opposite William H. Macy, and supporting roles on The Heart of Justice (1992), Hackers (1995), Harrison: Cry of the City (1996) and The Underworld (1997).

      Huffman starred on the television mini-series Golden Years, based on the novel by Stephen King in 1991. In 1994, she starred in the ABC pilot Thunder Alley as Ed Asner's daughter, but was replaced in subsequent episodes by Diane Venora when the series began. In 90's, she has appeared mostly in guest roles on such shows as The X-Files, Early Edition, Chicago Hope and Law & Order. In 1997, she starred in Mamet's critically acclaimed film The Spanish Prisoner.

      From 1998 to 2000, she portrayed Dana Whitaker in the critically acclaimed series Sports Night, for which she received several awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. After the completion of Sports Night, she gave birth to her first child and soon returned to work. In 2001, she starred on not picked up CBS pilot Heart Department In 2003, she starred in Showtime's miniseries Out of Order.

      In 1999, she appeared in the Paul Thomas Anderson's ensemble drama Magnolia and television adaptation of 1938 movie A Slight Case of Murder along with William H. Macy. In 2002 she played Lady Bird Johnson in HBO award-winning movie Path to War and made a cameo appearance in the Door to Door, where was shot her husband. She also starred in Snap Decision (2001) with Mare Winningham, Raising Helen (2004) as Kate Hudson's older sister, and Christmas with the Kranks (2004) as Jamie Lee Curtis's best friend.

      Critical acclaim and Desperate Housewives




      Felicity Huffman with Kathryn Joosten in 2009
      After a recurring role on the NBC sitcom Frasier, Huffman landed a leading role in an ABC comedy series Desperate Housewives, co-starring with Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, and Eva Longoria. Huffman won an Emmy Award for her work on Desperate Housewives (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series) in 2005, as well as two 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards (Best Actress - Comedy Series and part of Best Ensemble - Comedy Series) in 2006 and received several other awards. A report in November 2010 suggested that Huffman, along with co-star Teri Hatcher, would be quitting Desperate Housewives, but ABC denied the claim. The series ended in May 2012, after eight seasons.

      In 2005, Huffman played Bree, a pre-operative transsexual who, on the brink of her transforming surgery, discovered that in her youth she had fathered a son - who is now a troubled teen hustler on the run, in independent drama Transamerica. Huffman's performance in the film Transamerica was praised by many critics and garnered her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress as well as nominations for Best Actress (Screen Actors Guild) and Best Actress (Academy Awards) and several another awards and nominations. Huffman is now a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

      In 2007, Huffman starred in Garry Marshall's Georgia Rule with Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan, and 2008 on independent drama Phoebe in Wonderland. She made a film, Lesster, as a writer, director and actress in 2010.

      Huffman and her husband William H. Macy each received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2012.

      Current career

      After Desperate Housewives finale, Huffman reunite with playwright David Mamet in the comedy play November. Play debuted on September 26 and ended on November 4, 2012. Also in 2012, she appeared in the ensemble cast independent movie, Trust Me, opposite Clark Gregg.



      Huffman at the 2006 Malibu Triathlon
      On Feb 15, 2013, Huffman signed on for the lead role of the Fox drama pilot Boomerang, directed by Craig Brewer. The show centers of Margie Hamilton who is a spy and master of disguise, the matriarch of the Hamilton clan, a "briskly professional assassin who can kill and dispose of a suspected terrorist in the afternoon – then switch to wife and mother mode without a hitch." Boomerang not was picked up as a series by network.

      In 2013, Huffman starred in the upcoming independent drama Rudderless, and in the adventure film Big Game opposite Samuel L. Jackson. She also starred in another independent drama Stealing Cars, and was cast in the comedy film Zendog.

      Personal life

      Huffman married actor William H. Macy on September 6, 1997. They have two daughters, Sophia Grace (born August 1, 2000) and Georgia Grace (born March 14, 2002) She has appeared on television, in movies, and on stage many times with her husband.

      Huffman identifies as pro-choice, and has campaigned for women's rights on behalf of NARAL. She is also a Democrat.[citation needed] In 2005, Huffman revealed that she had suffered from both anorexia and bulimia in her late teens and twenties.

      Huffman is the co-author of the self-help book A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend. On March 1, 2012, Huffman launched What The Flicka, a website dedicated to women and mothers where she is a regular contributor.

      Filmography

      Film

      YearFilmRoleNotes
      1988Lip ServiceWoman P.A.TV Movie
      1988Things ChangeWheel of Fortune Girl
      1990Reversal of FortuneMinnie
      1992The Water EngineDance Hall GirlTV Movie
      1992Quicksand: No EscapeJulianna Reinhardt
      1992The Heart of JusticeAnnieTV Movie
      1995HackersAttorney
      1996Harrison: Cry of the CityPeggy MacklinTV Movie
      1997The Spanish PrisonerPat McCune
      1999A Slight Case of MurderKit WannamakerTV Movie
      1999MagnoliaCynthia
      2001Snap DecisionCarrie DixonTV Movie
      2002Path to WarLady Bird JohnsonTV Movie
      2002Door to DoorJoey's MomCameo
      2003House HuntingSheila
      2004Raising HelenLindsay Davis
      2004Reversible ErrorsGillian SullivanTV Movie
      2004Christmas with the KranksMerry
      2005TransamericaSabrina 'Bree' Osbourne
      2006Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable SnowmanPilot NimaVoice
      2007Georgia RuleLilly
      2008Phoebe in WonderlandHillary Lichten
      2010LessterMrs. GearyAlso writer and director
      2013Trust MeAgnes
      2014RudderlessEmily
      2014Big GameCIA Director
      2015Stealing Cars
      2015ZendogNicole

      Television

      YearTitleRoleNotes
      1978ABC Afterschool SpecialSara GreeneEpisode: "A Home Run for Love"
      1991Golden YearsTerry SpannTV Mini-series
      1992RavenSharon PriorEpisode: "And Everything Nice"
      1993The X-FilesDr. Nancy Da SilvaEpisode: "Ice"
      1996Early EditionDet. TagliattiEpisode: "Pilot"
      1996BedtimeDonnaTV Mini-series
      1997Chicago HopeEllie StocktonEpisode: "Take My Wife, Please"
      1992, 1997Law & OrderHillary Colson / Diane PerkinsEpisodes: "Helpless" and "Working Mom"
      1998-2000Sports NightDana WhitakerSeries regular, 45 episodes
      2001The West WingAnn StarkEpisode: "The Leadership Breakfast"
      2002Girls ClubMarcia HoldenEpisode: "Pilot"
      2003Out of OrderLorna ColmTV Mini-series
      2002, 2003Kim PossibleDr. Betty DirectorEpisodes: "Number One" and "The Ron Factor", voice
      2003FrasierJulia WilcoxRecurring role, 8 episodes
      2004The D.A.Charlotte EllisRecurring role, 3 episodes
      2004-2012Desperate HousewivesLynette ScavoSeries regular, 180 episodes

      Theatre

      YearTitleNotes
      1982A Taste of Honey as JoeStage Theatre, New York City
      1986Been Taken as Jill18th Street Playhouse, New York City
      1988Speed the Plow as KarenRoyale Theatre
      1988Boys' Life as MaggieMitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City
      1989Bobby Gould in HellLincoln Center Theater
      1990Grotesque Love SongsNew York City
      1994Shaker HeightsNew York City
      1995Dangerous Corneroff-Broadway production
      1995–1996The Cryptogram as DonnyAmerican Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts off-Broadway production
      1997The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite as MarieAtlantic Theater Company, New York City
      1999Boston Marriage as AnnaAmerican Repertory Theatre, Hasty Pudding Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
      1999Oh, Hell! as GlennaLincoln Center, New York City
      2000The LoopNew York City
      2000Jake's WomenOld Globe Theatre
      2000Three SistersPhiladelphia Festival Theatre
      2012NovemberMark Taper Forum

      Awards and nominations

      YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
      1995Obie AwardBest PerformanceThe CryptogramWon
      1998The Comedy FestivalBest Performance in ComedyWon
      2000Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedySports NightNominated
      2000Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesSports NightNominated
      2000Viewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesSports NightNominated
      2004Satellite AwardBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmOut of OrderNominated
      2005Prism AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmReversible ErrorsNominated
      2005Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesWon
      2005Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2005Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesWon
      2005Ft. Lauderdale International Film FestivalBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2005Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2005National Board of ReviewBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2005Prism AwardsBest Performance in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesWon
      2005San Diego Film FestivalBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2005Satellite AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyDesperate HousewivesWon
      2005Satellite AwardBest Actress – Motion PictureTransamericaWon
      2005Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2006Golden Globe AwardBest Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaTransamericaWon
      2006Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2006Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleTransamericaNominated
      2006Academy AwardBest ActressTransamericaNominated
      2006Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesWon
      2006Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesWon
      2006Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleTransamericaNominated
      2006Bangkok International Film FestivalBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2006Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressTransamericaNominated
      2006Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressTransamericaNominated
      2006Independent Spirit AwardBest Female LeadTransamericaWon
      2006Online Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2006Palm Springs International Film FestivalBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2006Vancouver Film Critics Circle AwardBest ActressTransamericaWon
      2006Satellite AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2007Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2007Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2007Satellite AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2007Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2007Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2008Prism AwardsBest Performance in a Feature FilmGeorgia RuleNominated
      2008Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2009Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2011Satellite AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyDesperate HousewivesNominated
      2012Hollywood Walk of FameStar on the Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood BlvdWon
      In June 2008 it was announced that Felicity Huffman would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She finally received her star in March 2012 along with her husband in a joint ceremony.
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