Australian actress Rachel Griffiths credits her Brothers & Sisters co-star Calista Flockhart with inspiring her to move back to Australia and focus on motherhood. The actress moved to America after her screen career took off when she landed a leading role in U.S. TV show, Six Feet Under. Her subsequent part in Brothers & Sisters ended when the show was cancelled due to poor ratings in 2011, and Griffiths returned Down Under to work on smaller projects and focus on raising her children.
Now she has spoken out to thank Flockhart for inspiring her head home when she took time off from her career after five years starring as Ally McBeal. Griffiths tells Sydney's Daily Telegraph, "Calista was a real model for me...She just walked away after Ally McBeal. Obviously she had a tremendous amount more money than I did to do that, not to mention (her husband) Harrison Ford, but she just stepped back and embraced her personal life and didn't regret it for a second. "I had really not seen my children enough. I'd outsourced a lot of that child stuff in order to do 70-to-80 hour weeks on set and I just wanted my kids to actually like me."
Griffiths has three children with her husband Andrew Taylor - Banjo, 10, Adelaide, eight, and Clementine, four.
Cybill Shepherd is once again suiting up for the waters of marriage: the actress, famous for her sitcom Cybill as well as her current spin on Lifetime's The L Word, is engaged. 62-year-old Shepherd told The Daily News that she has taken a new fiancé, this time in the form of a psychologist. Andrei Nikolajevic, a former jeweler in addition to practicing psychology, proposed to Shepherd several weeks ago in New York City.
“It was very romantic and on one knee," says Shepherd. "I never thought I’d get married again."
Shepherd has been married twice before: first to nightclub entertainer David Ford (from 1978 to 1982), and then to chiropractor Bruce Oppenheim (from 1987 to 1990). She has three children: Clementine Ford, 33, and Cyrus Zachariah and Molly Ariel Oppenheim, both 24.
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Clementine Ford, 30, revealed her sexual preference last year (09) and now the Moonlighting star's other daughter, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, has followed in her footsteps.
The 22 year old stepped out in public with her girlfriend for the first time to attend the 21st Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in San Francisco, California earlier this month (Jun10) to watch the comedienne receive the Golden Gate Award. The honour is given to stars in recognition of their work promoting equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
Shepherd-Oppenheim was applauded by the gay rights group for going public with the same-sex romance at the event and her actress mum couldn't be happier, reports the National Enquirer.
A source tells the tabloid, "Cybill's always been a huge supporter of gay people."
Ariel is the twin sister of troubled Zack Shepherd-Oppenheim, who has been ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous sessions following his arrest for theft in January (10).