Often lauded for her prolific stage work, actress Felicity Huffman struggled for years in trying to find her footing on both television and the big screen. An accomplished performer whose best early work consisted of collaborations with playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, whom she later married, Huffman slowly forged a career onscreen that at first mainly consisted of small parts in television movies and guest starring roles on series television, including episodes of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002) and "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000). She finally began to make a name for herself with a starring role on Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed comedy, "Sports Night" (NBC, 1998-2000), though the series only lasted two seasons. Eventually, Huffman received her proper due when she landed a plum role on the ensemble dramedy, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012), which propelled her and co-star Eva Longoria and creator Marc Cherry to stardom, while reviving the careers of the show's other stars like Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan. After receiving an Emmy Award for her performance as the most down-to-earth housewife, Lynette Scavo, Huffman found Academy Award-worthy success on the big screen with her touching portrait of a transsexual parent in "Transamerica" (2005), proving that talent and perseverance could win out.