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Felicity Huffman became headlines after portraying Dana Whitaker in the comedy series Sports Night (1998-2000). Her brilliant performance in the show received a TV Guide Award in 2000 and a nomination for both a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.
A big Tina Turner fan, Huffman also appeared in the 2004 hit drama series Desperate Housewives. She played the role of Lynette Scavo while costarring with Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria and Nicolette Sheridan. Along with the rest of the Desperate Housewives cast, Huffman received an Emmy nomination for her role.
Huffman claims that all five actresses of Desperate Housewives (Huffman, Cross, Hatcher, Longoria and Sheridan) are friends on and off the set.
Childhood and Family:
The youngest of seven sisters and one older brother, Felicity Huffman was born on December 9, 1962, in Bedford, New York. After graduating high school in 1981, Huffman continued her studies at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and received her BFA in Drama in 1988. Huffman then entered the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan where she majored in theater.
Felicity Huffman, whose nickname is Flicka, married award-winning actor William H. Macy (born March 13, 1950) on September 6, 1997. She is a mother of two daughters, Sofia (born August 1, 2000) and Georgia (born March 14, 2002).
Huffman, who has dog named Walter Wallingford, is a passionate reader. She also enjoys being outdoors and playing a variety of sports in her free time.
Felicity Huffman started her acting career playing Sara Greene in A Home Run for Love (1978, TV movie). However, she disappeared from the scene and was not seen again until she emerged as the "Wheel of Fortune Girl" in the dramatic comedy film Things Change (1988). Subsequently she also won a small role in Reversal of Fortune (1990, played Minnie).
After her performances on the big screen, Huffman went back to performing on TV. She was seen in several TV movies including Golden Years (1991, portrayed Terry Spann), Quicksand: No Escape (1992, played Joanna Reinhardt), The Water Engine (1992, as Dance Hall Girl) and The Heart of Justice (1993, played the role of Annie).
In 1995 Huffman played the role of an attorney in the film Hackers and followed it with the television series Bed Time (played Donna) and the movie Harrison: Cry of the City TV movie (played Peggy Macklin). Huffman also appeared in The Underworld (1997, TV movie) and had a small role in The Spanish Prisoner.
After her small roles in films and TV shows, Huffman finally received her first leading role in the comedy series Sports Night (1998-2000). She was bumped up to the starring role of Dana Whitaker, a woman who lives for the show. Her bright performance in the show awarded her TV Guide's Award for The Best Show You're Not Watching in 2000. The role also brought her a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series, Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes Awards and an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (2000). Commenting about her work with Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme in Sports Night, she said, "It is such an honor to be acting with a writer of the caliber of Aaron, and then there's Tommy -- I'd take a bullet for those guys."
While filming Sports Night, Huffman also appeared in A Slight Case of Murder (1999, TV movie) and had a small role in Magnolia (1999).
Huffman also took part in stage productions. On Broadway she performed in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow and worked with her husband, William H. Macy, in such plays as The Three Sisters and Boy's Life. While off-Broadway, Huffman appeared in Mamet's production of Cryptogram, for which she won an Obie in 1997.
After Sports Night's cancellation in 2000 and the birth of her first child, Huffman could be seen again in the 2001 TV movies The Heart Department and Snap Decision. In the following year she portrayed Lady Bird Johnson in John Frankenheimer's Path to War and played the small role of Joey's Mom in Door to Door. Additionally, Huffman played recurring roles in such TV series as Frasier, The X Files and The D.A. She also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show five times.
In the year 2003, Huffman was back to lead status as Lorna Colm in the Showtime original series Out of Order, co-starring Eric Stoltz and husband Macy. Although the show was cancelled, Huffman emerged in another new show. She starred in ABC's darkly comic primetime drama series Desperate Housewives (2004), playing the character of Lynette Scavo. The series also starred Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan. Because of her good performance, Huffman was nominated for an Emmy. That same year, moviegoers could also see Huffman's perform in theatre with a supporting role in the holiday comedy Christmas with the Kranks. Recently Huffman starred as Bree in director Duncan Tucker's Transamerica (2005).
[x] TV Guide: The Best Show You're Not Watching, Sports Night,2000. [x] Off-Broadway: OBIE, The Cryptogram, 1997.