Bedford, NY, USA
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Putney School, (boarding high school), Vermont
BFA Drama, New York University (1988)
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Felicity Kendall Huffman
Moore Peters Huffman (banker)
Grace Valle Ewing (actress)
Mariah, Betsy, Jane, Grace, Jessie, Isabel
Felicity Kendall Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an American film, stage, and television actress.
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****************Not to be Confused with Felicity Kendal ******************
Felicity Kendall Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Lynette Scavo, the hectic Super-Mum 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 in Bedford, New York, the daughter of Grace Valle (née Ewing), an actress, and Moore Peters Huffman, a banker. Her parents divorced a year after her birth, and she was raised mostly by her mother. She has six sisters and a brother, Moore. 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 1988 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 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 2005 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 Best Actress (Screen Actor Guild) and Best Actress (Academy Award). Huffman is now a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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.
Felicity Huffman is planning to return to New York City and to Broadway again.
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). The 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 quite life outside the media spotlight) are regulary referenced as representing the greatest of today`s celebrity couples in a culture obsessed with celebs. 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. 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 two weak to go jogging. With thereapy 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.
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Date of Birth 9 December 1962, Bedford, New York, USA
Birth Name Felicity Kendall Huffman
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Felicity Huffman was born on December 9, 1962 in Bedford, New York, USA as Felicity Kendall Huffman. She is an actress, known for Desperate Housewives (2004), Transamerica (2005) and Sports Night (1998). She has been married to William H. Macy since September 6, 1997. They have two children.
William H. Macy (6 September 1997 - present) (2 children)
Has one older brother, Moore.
Jessica Alba was one of her students at the Atlantic Theater Company.
BFA in Drama - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1988).
Graduated high school in 1981 from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she majored in theater.
One of her idols is Tina Turner.
She told Oprah Winfrey that when she was born, her mother named her "Flicka", but had to change it because it wasn't a Christian name. She still uses "Flicka" as a nickname. The name "Flicka" comes from the book and movie My Friend Flicka (1943), a childhood favorite. It means "girl" in Swedish.
She was fired from the TV show Thunder Alley (1994).
On an episode of Oprah Winfrey's "Wildest Dreams" segments, Huffman's dream came true when she got to sing backup to her idol Tina Turner who was performing live for Oprah (Feb. 2005)
Grew up in Aspen, Colorado.
She auditioned for Awakenings (1990).
Her parents divorced when she was one year old.
Auditioned for a role on Star Trek (1966).
Was among the guests at Marcia Cross' wedding to Tom Mahoney
Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
Shares a birthday with Desperate Housewives (2004) co-star Jesse Metcalfe.
Has six older sisters named Mariah, Betsy, Jane, Grace, Jessie and Isabel and an older brother named Moore Jr..
Born to Moore Peters Huffman, a banker, and his then wife Grace Valle, née Ewing, an actress, she and her siblings were raised by their mother.
Best friend of Patricia Wolff.
Likes herbal tea.
Sang backup for Rebecca Pidgeon's album New York Girls' Club.
Was forced to turn down a role in Jean-Paul Salomé's The Chameleon (2010) because of scheduling conflicts with Desperate Housewives (2004).
She has German, English, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Scottish, French, Dutch, and Irish ancestry.
Currently shooting the film Phoebe in Wonderland (2008) in Long Island, New York. [May 2007]
Starting filming for 4th season of Desperate Housewives (2004). [July 2007]
Release of the book, "A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend" by Felicity and her best friend, Patricia Wolff. [January 2007]
Started filming the movie Phoebe in Wonderland (2008) with 'Elle Fanning' and Patricia Clarkson. [May 2007]
Both she and her husband, William H. Macy, are regular triathlon participants.
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Sofia in order to begin filming her guest appearance on The West Wing (1999).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 37, a daughter named Sofia Grace Macy on August 1, 2000. Child's father is her husband, William H. Macy.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 39, a daughter named Georgia Grace Macy on March 14, 2002. Child's father is her husband, William H. Macy.
Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her daughter Georgia in order to begin filming her guest appearance on Girls Club (2002).
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My main experience is that this is a freelance business, and in a freelance business you're always sure your last job really is your last job. With the show comes job security.
Having it in your pants is really different. Because all your focus goes there. It's like this thing, dangling, which takes all of your attention. It's no wonder that it's all they think about. [on the prosthetic penis she wore for her role as a man undergoing a sex change operation in Transamerica (2005)]
I know as actors our job is usually to shed our skins, but I think as people our job is to become who we really are and so I would like to salute the men and women who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are. [acceptance speech at the 66th Golden Globe]
I'm shot into the stratosphere". You can't pasteurize the Academy Award. You can't negotiate it. It is the top. It is the biggest thing ever. I've been hopping around and screaming all morning. [about her Oscar nomination]
In the new millennium, we're fighting against the icon of the perfect mother. I don't know about here, but in America you're not allowed to talk about how it's driving you crazy, or how you don't like it, or how, if you have to give a bath one more time, you're going to pull your hair out. Because then you're considered a bad mom. There's a very established conversation or litany, which is, 'Isn't motherhood the best?' To me, that question just isn't applicable. You can complain about your job, you can complain about your husband, you can complain about your friends, but God forbid you complain about your kids.
There are so few perks about getting older. Everything heads south and you become less and less attractive, but one of the perks is that you can usually learn to come home to yourself. You're a little more comfortable in your skin, as saggy as it is. And that's a gift.
I feel ashamed of us. We had an opportunity to lead the world in a different way after 9/11 and we blew it. And I don't know if we'll ever recover. And then we re- elected that bonehead. I want to walk around saying, 'I'm so sorry.' America's a dichotomy. It's binge and purge. It's really right-wing, and also the left is coming up. It's stuff yourself and then starve yourself.
[after being asked if she had any last words after giving an interview for the March 2007 issue of Redbook Magazine] "Yes. Please Write 'Felicity Huffman is smart. And thin.'"
Whenever I start to talk about acting, people's eyes roll back in their heads and they lose the will to live, so I don't think I'm going to go into that.
Desperate Housewives (2004) $400,000 /episode (2009-10)
Desperate Housewives (2004) $400,000 /episode (2010-11)
Desperate Housewives (2004) Season 2 - $250,000 per episode
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Felicity toiled away for 20 years in ill fated television shows, Broadway plays and independent films in the shadow of her successful husband, actor William H Macy, then she got the part of Lynette Scavo in the television series Desperate Housewives and the film Transamerica resulting in a Golden Globe nomination for both.
Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
ICM Partners (LA)
(2006) Print ads: Unilever's Dove skin care products, (2005) Print ad: QVC Shopping Channel, (2011) Print ads (w/William H. Macy): whymilk.com "milk mustache" awareness campaign, (2013) TV commercial (PSA): FightPC.org (pancreatic cancer)
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