Calista Flockhart

Actor
Although she was a stage-trained actress with an impressive theatrical rsum, audiences embraced Calista Flockhart as charming, vulnerable lawyer "Ally McBeal" (FOX, 1997-2002). She and her character became cultural ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1964 in Freeport, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Supergirl 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Circle 1997 - 2002, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Web Therapy 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

FOX's 25th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers & Sisters 2006 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Fragile 2006 (Movie)

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TV Revolution 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

Valerie Weston (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Young Hollywood 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

All About Ally 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: LisaGay Hamilton 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Science of Love 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Calista Flockhart 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her 2001 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Ally 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bash: Latterday Plays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Doe 1998 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Telling Lies in America 1997 (Movie)

Diney Majeski (Actor)

Angel Passing 1996 (Movie)

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The Birdcage 1996 (Movie)

Barbara Keeley (Actor)

Milk and Money 1995 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Getting In 1994 (Movie)

Amanda Morel (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Barnard Girl (Actor)

Clear Cut 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

An American Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Darrow (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Although she was a stage-trained actress with an impressive theatrical résumé, audiences embraced Calista Flockhart as charming, vulnerable lawyer "Ally McBeal" (FOX, 1997-2002). She and her character became cultural touchstones, both loved and despised for many reasons: her revealing clothing, her rail-thin physique, her self-absorption, her fitness as feminist poster girl, etc. The Golden Globe-winning actress focused more on the work than on celebrity, earning good reviews in "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999) and "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2001) as well as more well regarded stage work. After adopting a son, she resurfaced as the Republican daughter of Sally Field on the hit drama "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006- ) and made headlines by marrying movie star Harrison Ford. A quiet success, Flockhart seemed less interested in Hollywood ambition than in enjoying her work and her real life.

Relationships

Ronald Flockhart

Father
worked for Kraft Foods

Kay Flockhart

Mother

Liam Flockhart

Son
adopted born on January 1, 2001 in San Diego

Gary Flockhart

Brother
born c. 1961 arrested in July 2001 for heroin possession

Harrison Ford Actor

Husband
Began dating in early 2002 Ford surprised Flockhart with a Valentine's Day wedding proposal in 2009 Married on June 15, 2010 in Santa Fe, NM

Jeffrey Kramer

Companion
was reported to have been dating in 1998 at the time he separated from his wife with whom he had three children

Sam Mendes Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 1999 No longer together

Garry Shandling Actor

Companion
reportedly dated in 2000 Flockhart has denied they were romantically involved and are nothing more than "just good friends"

Ben Stiller Actor

Companion
Once romantically linked in the press, although both declared they were "just friends"

EDUCATION

Shawnee High School

Medford , New Jersey 1983
played the flute in the school band; was also a cheerleader and member of the student council

attended a state college in New Jersey for one year before transferring to Rutgers

Rutgers University

New Brunswick , New Jersey 1988

Milestones

2006

Played Kitty Walker, a conservative TV-news personality in the ABC drama "Brothers & Sisters"

2004

Appears opposite Matthew Broderick in "The Last Shot"

2000

Appeared for two-week stint in the Off-Broadway production of "The Vagina Monologues" by Eve Ensler

2000

Had featured role in the Sundance-screened "Things You Can Tell by Just Looking at Her"; aired on Showtime in 2001

1999

Returned to the NYC stage in Off-Broadway production "Bash: Latter-Day Plays", by Neil LaBute; reprised roles for TV adaptation aired on Showtime in 2000

1999

Had featured role as Helena in the big screen remake of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1997

TV series debut as regular, portrayed the titular fantasy-prone lawyer seeking Mr Right in the award-winning "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

1997

Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Three Sisters" alongside Lili Taylor, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Amy Irving; played Natasha

1996

Played female lead in "Milk and Money"

1996

Appeared on stage at the Berkshire Theater Festival in "Jitta's Atonement", opposite Wiest

1996

Breakthrough screen role as the mousy daughter of Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest in "The Birdcage"

1995

First important film role, "Drunks" (received limited theatrical release as well as airings on Showtime)

1994

Feature debut in bit part in "Quiz Show"

1994

Broadway debut, as Laura in revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"

1992

Had featured role in the Off-Broadway production of Caryl Churchill's "Mad Forrest"

1991

TV debut, "An American Story" (CBS)

1991

Debut in a TV-movie, "Darrow" (PBS)

1989

New York stage debut in "Beside Herself"

1988

After college, moved to NYC to pursue career

Family settled in New Jersey in the late 1970s

Raised in Iowa, Minnesota and upstate New York

Won acclaimed for her performance in the off-Broadway play "The Loop"

Bonus Trivia

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Flockhart was a member of the now defunct Malaparte., a theater company whose members included Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Frank Whaley, Josh Hamilton and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman.

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"To get to Broadway, I thought, was the most beautiful experience imaginable." --Calista Flockhart to Patrick Pacheco in InTheater, July 5, 1999.

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". . . according to the press I'm dating somebody new every other day. I get around! And I live vicariously through my rumors." --Flockhart to TV Guide, May 1, 1999.

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"I've always been called fragile, a waif. What do they mean? Fragile in my soul? . . . I'm fierce. . . . I don't believe my weight is a problem. It's society's obssesion with my weight that's the problem." --Calista Flockhart to TV Guide, May 1, 1999.

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"I cast her because she's a very gifted actress who has a remarkable facility with the language. I didn't even understand that she meant anything at the box office." --director Michael Hoffman ("William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream") to Los Angeles, June 1999.

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On receiving the offer to audition for "Ally McBeal", Flockhart told Steve Pond in Los Angeles (June 1999): "I was busy rehearsing for 'Three Sisters' but every time I turned around, they had called back. And finally I sat down and read it, and I saw this opportunity. It's about a woman--she's the protagonist--and her inner thoughts, and it's emotional, and it can be pretty much whatever I want it to be. It's this huge playing field full of contradictions and complexities. But then there was the reality of, What if it goes? So the entire cast of 'Three Sisters' spent a weekend deciding whether I was going to fly out to L.A. to audition.". . . I was really tired of being poor. It's very difficult to make a living in the theater, and I was so sick to death of living hand to mouth. I thought, What do you have to lose?"

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"There's this idea that if you're on television, you must not be a very good actress. That's a stigma that's going to take time to go away." --Flockhart quoted in The New York Times, May 2, 1999.

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"One of the reasons it's been said that I'm so hard on myself is because coming from the theater, the pace on television is so different, so incredibly fast."You do these 14-hour days, then you go home and memorize lines for the next day. You've never had a rehearsal, so the lines are sitting precariously in your head, and you're never fully on top of them. It can take a toll on your self-esteem, because you're not doing the best work that you know you can do." --Calista Flockhart quoted in Daily News, May 2, 1999.

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"I refuse to be put on the defensive. I'm an actress playing a fictional character. It's important to accept the character in the spirit in which it's given. The show's purpose is entertainment, not to provide a representation of all women. Ally is an individual. She doesn't necessarily behave the way all women behave." --Flockhart on her TV alter ego, quoted in Newsday, April 25, 1999.

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"Onstage, I feel at home, comfortable, accepted, whole. It's like a drug for me." [She laughed.] "It doesn't sound too healthy, does it?" --From "The Risks She Takes" by Dotson Rader in Parade Magazine, January 13, 1999.

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"She's getting torn apart for her body. I can show you pictures of her when she was my age and she was skinny-skinny then. The best thing I can think of, saying it in a nice way, is that she's neurotic. Her mind works really fast. I really vaue her friendship--she was like a sister to me--especially because it's harder to make friends with girls than with guys. Girls can be so catty and back-stabbing." --former stage co-star Melissa Joan Hart on Flockhart, quoted in Movieline, August 1999.

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"She's just gifted. There's never a day when I'm writing when I ask myself, 'Can Calista do this?' It never gives me pause. There's nothing she can't do." --"Ally McBeal" creator David E Kelley quoted in the Los Angeles Times, September 9, 1998.

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". . . this society is so voyeuristic and intrusive. And when you're the object of that, it can be . . . hurtful. People love to stir things up. Even before I was in the tabloids, I didn't really believe them. . . . "You know what? Gossip has been around since the beginning of time. It gives people a common ground. So there must be some value in it, right? But it kills me, this fascination with celebrities' personal lives. When I started reading the press about this couple who broke up and were on the cover of every newspaper as if they were the royal family [Flockhart mouths the names Brad and Gwyneth], I just thought the fascination with that was . . . unbelievable." --From US, May 1998.

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"I've come to realize that being famous has no other worth than to use that fame for bettering and enriching the lives of others--and by 'enrichment' I don't mean my persona as a TV or movie star!" --Flockhart to syndicated columnist Liz Smith, reported by Smith on June 21, 2000.

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