Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman
FelicityHuffmanHWoFMar2012.jpg
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 (m. 1997)
Children2
Website
WhatTheFlicka.com
 
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Felicity Huffman
FelicityHuffmanHWoFMar2012.jpg
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 (m. 1997)
Children2
Website
WhatTheFlicka.com

Felicity Kendall Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award, five times for a Golden Globe Award (winning one), and has also won an Emmy Award, Obie and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Huffman began her acting career in theatre and in 1990s also had many supporting roles in film and television. She starred as executive producer Dana Whitaker in the critically acclaimed ABC comedy-drama Sports Night from 1998 to 2000, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. She is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo in the long-running ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives (2004–2012), which has earned her an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Huffman drew critical praise for her performance as a transgender woman in the independent film Transamerica (2005). The role earned her a Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, National Board of Review, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Huffman has also starred in such films as Reversal of Fortune (1990), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), Magnolia (1999), Path to War (2002), Georgia Rule (2007), Phoebe in Wonderland (2008), Rudderless (2014) and Cake (2014). She is starring as lead in the upcoming ABC crime drama, American Crime. Huffman is married to actor William H. Macy.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[1][2] Her parents divorced a year after her birth, and she was raised mostly by her mother.[3] She has six sisters (Mariah, Betsy, Jane, Grace, Isabel, Jessie) and a brother (Moore Jr.).[citation needed] She has German, English, Scots-Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian ancestry.[4]

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.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Early career in theatre[edit]

Huffman made her debut on stage in 1982 and in the 1980s and 1990s worked as a rule on stage productions.[7] In 1988, she debuted on Broadway in the role as Karen in David Mamet's play Speed the Plow.[6][7] In 1995, Huffman won Obie Award for her performance in the critically successful play The Cryptogram by David Mamet.[7] 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.[8][9]

Later television and film roles[edit]

Huffman and Macy at The Heart Truth in February 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.[7] During the 90's, she 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.[7][10]

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.[6] 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.[7] In 2002 she played Lady Bird Johnson in the HBO award-winning movie Path to War and made a cameo appearance in the Door to Door, which starred, and was written by, her husband.[7] 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[edit]

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.[6] 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,[11] but ABC denied the claim.[12] The series ended in May 2012, after eight seasons.[13]

In 2005, Huffman starred in the independent drama Transamerica, playing 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.[7] Huffman's performance in 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.[14]

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.[15]

Huffman and her husband William H. Macy each received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2012.[16][17]

Current career[edit]

Huffman says thatafter seeing her as Lynette Scavo on "Housewives" for eight years it's difficult for audiences to think of her as anything else. She says that's why she was eager for a role that's a distinctive departure.[18] After Desperate Housewives finale, Huffman reunited with playwright David Mamet in the comedy play November. The play debuted on September 26 and ended on November 4, 2012.[19] In 2012, she also appeared in the ensemble cast independent movie, Trust Me, opposite Clark Gregg.[20]

Huffman at the 2006 Malibu Triathlon

On February 15, 2013, Huffman signed on for the lead role of the Fox drama pilot Boomerang, directed by Craig Brewer. The show centers on Margie Hamilton, a spy and master of disguise, who is 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."[21] However, Fox did not pick up Boomerang as a new series.[22]

In 2013, Huffman starred in the independent drama Rudderless,[23] and in the adventure film Big Game opposite Samuel L. Jackson.[24][25] She also starred in another independent drama Stealing Cars,[26] and was cast in the comedy film Zendog.[27] In April, 2014 she was cast in independent film Cake opposite Jennifer Aniston.[28]

In 2014, Huffman was cast as lead in the ABC legal drama pilot American Crime created by John Ridley.[29][30][31] The pilot was picked up for a series on May, 2014.[32][33][34] On October 2, 2014, it was announced that Huffman will be star and executive producer alongside Carol Mendelsohn in her untitled drama about a special agent (Huffman) who is the fearless leader of a team of young agents on the New York City Joint Terrorism Task Force. The pilot develop for ABC.[35]

Personal life[edit]

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)[6] 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.[36] In 2005, Huffman revealed that she had suffered from both anorexia and bulimia in her late teens and twenties.[37]

Huffman is the co-author of the self-help book A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend.[38] On March 1, 2012, Huffman launched What The Flicka, a website dedicated to women and mothers where she is a regular contributor.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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
2006Studio 60 on the Sunset StripHerselfEpisode: "Pilot"
2004–2012Desperate HousewivesLynette ScavoSeries regular, 180 episodes
2015American CrimeBarb SkokieSeries regular

Theatre[edit]

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[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult[39][40]
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.[41]

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