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Who is Felicity Kendall Huffman?

Who is Felicity Kendall Huffman? The acting world knows her as Felicity Huffman, she is an American actress. She is known for her role as hectic supermom Lynette Scavo on the ABC show Desperate Housewives, which earned her an Emmy Award. A year later, her role as a trans woman in the independent film Transamerica earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination, and was praised by many critics.

Huffman was born December 9, 1962 in Bedford, New York, the daughter of Grace Valle (née Ewing), an actress, and Moore Peters Huffman, a banker.[1] Her parents divorced a year after her birth, and she was raised mostly by her mother. She has six sisters,(Mariah ,Betsy, Jane, Grace, Isabel, Jessie) and a brother, (Moore Jr.). She attended The Putney School, a boarding high school in Putney, Vermont and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. 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.

Huffman is known for her roles in Desperate Housewives and Transamerica. On television, she starred as Dana Whitaker in the dramedy Sports Night, and has had guest starring roles on Frasier, The X-Files, The West Wing, Early Edition, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In 2001 she appeared in the made for TV movie Snap Decision with Mare Winningham. Huffman has appeared in films such as Raising Helen and Christmas with the Kranks. In 2003 she starred in Showtime's dramedy Out of Order.

Huffman won an Emmy for her work on Desperate Housewives (Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series), as well as two 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards (Best Actress - Comedy Series and part of Best Ensemble - Comedy Series). 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 the Best Actress (Screen Actors Guild) and Best Actress (Academy Awards). Huffman is now a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[2]

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

She is the only actress (other than actor Timothy Davis-Reed) who has appeared in all three television shows created by Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip).

On June 23, 2008, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Huffman and her husband William H. Macy will each receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the upcoming year.[3][4]

Felicity Huffman is planning to return to New York City and to Broadway again.[5]

Personal life

Huffman is married to actor William H. Macy, with whom she has two daughters, Sofia Grace (born August 1, 2000) and Georgia Grace (born March 14, 2002). They married on September 6, 1997. She has appeared on television, in movies, and on stage many times with her husband, such as on the TV show Sports Night and in the movie Magnolia. The couple have become the subject of a running gag on the satirical news show The Colbert Report, in which the couple (who live a quiet life outside the media spotlight) are regularly referenced as representing the greatest of today's celebrity couples in a culture obsessed with celebs. Stephen Colbert refers to the couple as "Filliam H. Muffman", a play on the current trend by media types to combine the names of major celebrity couples, in the mold of "Bennifer", "Brangelina", "Speidi", and "TomKat."

In 2005, Huffman revealed that she had suffered from both anorexia and bulimia in her late teens and twenties.[6] At the height of her bulimia she would purge up to six times a day. Her weight dropped to 98 lbs, her periods stopped, and she was too weak to go jogging. With therapy and upon meeting Macy she managed to overcome those conditions. She is still known for her self-deprecating humor and her belief that she is "not pretty."

She is a huge fan of Tina Turner and her dream was to be a back-up singer, so when Huffman was on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah surprised her with a visit from Tina Turner where the two got to sing together. Huffman also sang back-up vocals for her friend Rebecca Pidgeon's cover version of Auld Lang Syne/Bring It On Home To Me in 1995.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1988 Things Change The Wheel of Fortune Girl
1990 Reversal of Fortune Minnie, Dershowitz's Student Staff
1991 Golden Years Terry Spann TV Series
1993 The X-Files Dr. Nancy Da Silva "Ice"
1995 Hackers Prosecuting Attorney
1997 Law & Order Hillary Colson "Working Mom"
The Spanish Prisoner Pat McCune
1998 - 2000 Sports Night Dana Whitaker TV Series; Series Regular
1999 A Slight Case of Murder Kit Wannamaker
Magnolia Cynthia
2001 The Heart Department Dr. Liza Peck
The West Wing Ann Stark "The Leadership Breakfast"
Snap Decision Carrie Dixon
2002 Path to War Lady Bird Johnson
2003 Out of Order Lorna Colm Mini-series
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – 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
Christmas with the Kranks Merry
2004 - Present Desperate Housewives Lynette Scavo Series regular
2005 Transamerica Sabrina 'Bree' Osbourne 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
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
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 — 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 "Pilot"
2007 Georgia Rule Lilly Wilcox with Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan.
2008 Phoebe in Wonderland Hillary Lichten
2009 Come Back to Sorrento

2010 The Politician's Wife

Other awards and nominations



Golden Globe Awards

Emmy Awards

OBIE Award

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

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2000: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series -- Sports Night
  • 2005: Won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series -- Desperate Housewives
  • 2006: Won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series -- Desperate Housewives
  • 2006: Won for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series -- Desperate Housewives
  • 2007: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series -- Desperate Housewives
  • 2007: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series -- Desperate Housewives

Other honors

  • 2009: In June 2008 it was announced that Felicity Huffman would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Although announced in June 2008, she is among the list of 2009 recipients. The date and time for the unveiling of her star and ceremony has not yet been announced but is expected in 2009.


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