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Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman

Huffman at a ceremony for to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2012.
Born Felicity Kendall Huffman
(1962-12-09) December 9, 1962 (age 49)
Bedford, New York, U.S.
Alma mater The Putney School
New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Spouse William H. Macy (1997–present)
Children 2

Felicity Kendall Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She is known for her role as executive producer Dana Whitaker on the ABC television show Sports Night (1998–2000), which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination, and as hectic supermom Lynette Scavo on the ABC show Desperate Housewives (2004–2012), which has earned her an Emmy Award.

In 2005, her critically acclaimed role as a transgender woman in the independent film Transamerica earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. She has also starred in such films as Reversal of Fortune, The Spanish Prisoner, Magnolia, Path to War, Georgia Rule and Phoebe in Wonderland.


  Early life

Huffman was born in Bedford, New York, the daughter of Grace Valle (née Ewing), an actress, and Moore Peters Huffman, 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 attended The Putney School, a private boarding high school in Putney, Vermont and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan in 1980. After high school she went on to New York University where she graduated in 1984 from Circle In The Square, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama.[4]



Huffman made ​​her debut on stage in 1982 and 80's and 90's worked as a rule on stage productions.[5] In 1988, she debuted on Broadway in the role as Karen in David Mamet's play Speed the Plow.[5][4] In 1995, Huffman won Obie Award for her performance in the critically successful play The Cryptogram by David Mamet.[5] 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.[6][7]


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). In 1997 she starred in Mamet's critically acclaimed film The Spanish Prisoner.[8][5] 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.[5] In 2002 she played Lady Bird Johnson in HBO award-winning movie Path to War and made a cameo appearance in the Door to Door, where was shot her husband.[5] 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.

In 2005 Huffman played 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, in independent drama Transamerica.[5] Huffman's performance in the film 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.[9]

In 2007, Huffman starred on 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.[10]

Huffman and her husband William H. Macy each received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2012.[11][12]


  Huffman and Macy at The Heart Truth in 2010

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.[5] In 90's, she has appeared mostly in guest roles on such shows as The X-Files, Early Edition, Chicago Hope and Law & Order.

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.[4] 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. After a recurring role on the NBC sitcom Frasier, Huffman landed a leading role in a ABC comedy series Desperate Housewives, co-starring with Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, and Eva Longoria.[4]

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,[13] but ABC denied the claim.[14] Series ended in May 2012 after eight seasons.[15]

  Personal life

Huffman is married to actor William H. Macy, with whom she has two daughters, Sophie Grace (born August 1, 2000) and Georgia Grace (born March 14, 2002).[4] They married on September 6, 1997.[citation needed] She has appeared on television, in movies, and on stage many times with her husband.

In 2005, Huffman revealed that she had suffered from both anorexia and bulimia in her late teens and twenties.[16]

Huffman identifies as pro-choice, and has campaigned for women's rights on behalf of NARAL. She also identifies as a Democrat.[17]

Huffman is also the co-author of the self-help book A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend.[18]

On March 1st, 2012 Felicity launched What The Flicka, a website dedicated to women and mothers where she is a regular contributor. Felicity also posts $20 workout videos to her youtube channel that are quick 5 minutes or less workouts for you to do at home.


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978 ABC Afterschool Specials Sara Greene Episode: A Home Run for Love
1988 Things Change The Wheel of Fortune Girl
Lip Service Woman P.A. TV Movie
1990 Reversal of Fortune Minnie, Dershowitz's Student Staff
1991 Golden Years Terry Spann 7 Episodes
1992 Quicksand: No Escape Julianna Reinhardt TV Movie
Raven Sharon Prior Episode: ...And Everything Nice
The Water Engine Dance Hall Girl TV Movie
The Heart of Justice Annie TV Movie
1992, 1997 Law & Order Diane Perkins 2 Episodes
1993 The X-Files Dr. Nancy Da Silva Episode: "Ice"
1995 Hackers Prosecuting Attorney
1996 Harrison: Cry of the City Peggy Macklin TV Movie
Early Edition Det. Tagliatti Episode: Pilot
1997 Chicago Hope Ellie Stockton Episode: Take My Wife, Please
The Spanish Prisoner Pat McCune
1998–2000 Sports Night Dana Whitaker TV Series; Series Regular
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2000)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2000)
Nominated — Q Award for Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series (2000)
1999 A Slight Case of Murder Kit Wannamaker
Magnolia Cynthia
2001 The Heart Department Dr. Liza Peck
The West Wing Ann Stark Episode: "The Leadership Breakfast"
Snap Decision Carrie Dixon
2002 Path to War Lady Bird Johnson
Door to Door Micheal Jackson's Mom Uncredited
Girls Club Marcia Holden Episode: Pilot
2002–2003 Kim Possible Dr. Betty Director 2 Episodes
2003 Out of Order Lorna Colm Mini-series
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Frasier Julia Wilcox 8 episodes
House Hunting Sheila
2004 The D.A. Charlotte Ellis 3 Episodes
Raising Helen Lindsay Davis
Reversible Errors Judge Gillian Sullivan Nominated — Prism Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Christmas with the Kranks Merry
2004–2012 Desperate Housewives Lynette Scavo Series regular
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Won 2005, Nominated 2007)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (Won 2005, Nominated 2006-2007)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Won 2006, Nominated 2007)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Won 2005-2006, Nominated 2007-2009)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2005–2007)
Nominated — Prism Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Series
2005 Transamerica Sabrina 'Bree' Osbourne African-American Film Critics Association for Best Actress
Bangkok International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Jury Award for Best Actress at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Herself Episode: Pilot
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman Pilot Nima Straight-to-video; voice
2007 Georgia Rule Lilly Wilcox Nominated — Prism Award for Performance in a Feature Film
2008 Phoebe in Wonderland Hillary Lichten
2010 Family Guy voice
2010 Lesster Mrs. Geary writer, director and actress[19]
2012 Untitled Felicity Huffman Project TNT show[20]
Keep Coming Back Pre-production
2013 Rudderless Emily Pre-production


Year Title Notes
1982 A Taste of Honey as Joe Stage Theatre, New York City
1986 Been Taken as Jill 18th Street Playhouse, New York City
1988 Speed the Plow as Karen Royale Theatre
1988 Boys' Life as Maggie Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City
1989 Bobby Gould in Hell Lincoln Center Theater
1990 Grotesque Love Songs New York City
1994 Shaker Heights New York City
1995 Dangerous Corner off-Broadway production
1995–1996 The Cryptogram as Donny American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts off-Broadway production
1997 The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite as Marie Atlantic Theater Company, New York City
1999 Boston Marriage as Anna American Repertory Theatre, Hasty Pudding Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1999 Oh, Hell! as Glenna Lincoln Center, New York City
2000 The Loop New York City
2000 Jake’s Women Old Globe Theatre
2000 Three Sisters Philadelphia Festival Theatre

  Other awards and nominations

OBIE Award

  • 1994–95: Won for her performance as Donny in David Mamet's "Cryptogram"

  Other honors

  • 2009: 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.[21]


  1. ^ Felicity Huffman Biography (1962-)
  2. ^ "Jane Huffman to Marry Hays Jones Jr." June 5, 1983, New York Yimes
  3. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica. "Felicity Huffman on Family: It's a Community." CBS News: The Early Show. 12 Nov 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e Felicity Huffman biography, Biography Channel
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Felicity Huffman- Biography, Yahoo!
  6. ^ Boston Marriage, David Mamet Society, June 1999
  7. ^ Dear David? Felicity Huffman on the mirthful Mamet, The Phoenix Media
  8. ^ The Spanish Prisoner at Rotten Tomatoes. Accessed February 5, 2008.
  9. ^ Academy Invites 120 to Membership
  10. ^ Felicity Huffman: No "Seven Year Itch" for "Desperate Housewives", CBS News, November 11, 2010
  11. ^ "25 chosen for Hollywood's "star" treatment". CNN.com/entertainment. Archived from the original on 2008-06-27. http://web.archive.org/web/20080627111653/http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/06/20/hollywood.walk.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  12. ^ "Felicity Huffman is Getting a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star!!". Desperate Blog. http://www.desperateblog.com/felicity-huffman-is-getting-a-hollywood-walk-of-fame-star/. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  13. ^ Desperate Times for "Housewives" as Teri Hatcher Quits, Daily Mail, November 20, 2010
  14. ^ "Hatcher and Huffman leaving Desperate Housewives: report". The Spy Report (Media Spy). November 22, 2010. http://www.mediaspy.org/report/2010/11/22/us-hatcher-and-huffman-leaving-desperate-housewives-report/. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  15. ^ Desperate Housewives Finale Proves Classically Desperate, People, May 14, 2012
  16. ^ Keck, William (November 21, 2005). "Felicity Huffman is sitting pretty". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2005-11-21-huffman_x.htm. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  17. ^ Photo of Huffman speaking at Pro-Choice America
  18. ^ Books by Felicity Huffman
  19. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (November 11, 2010). "Felicity Huffman: No "Seven Year Itch" for "Desperate Housewives"". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20022454-10391698.html. 
  20. ^ Felicity Huffman developing TNT show
  21. ^ "Macy, Huffman 2nd Married Couple To Get Stars On Walk Of Fame « CBS Los Angeles". Losangeles.cbslocal.com. 2012-03-07. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/03/07/macy-huffman-second-married-couple-to-get-stars-on-walk-of-fame/. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 

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