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Who is Calista Flockhart

Calista Kay Flockhart (Calista Flockhart): (born November 11, 1964) is an American actress. She is best known for starring as the title character in the legal comedy-drama series of Ally McBeal (1997–2002), Kitty Walker in the drama series Brothers & Sisters, from 2006 to 2011) and Cat Grant in the superhero drama series Supergirl (is an American superhero actionadventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg that originally aired on CBS and premiered on October 26, 2015 which is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, and stars Melissa Benoist in the title role)  and is working from 2015–present. She has also been featured in a number of great films, including the comedy film The Birdcage (1996), the romantic comedy film A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999), and the drama film Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000).

Flockhart has won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, and garnered three Emmy Award nominations in her career.

Flockhart is married to another famous actor Harrison Ford (is an American actor and film producer who gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. His acted 5 movies are within the 30 top grossing movies of all time at the US box office (when adjusted for inflation). Ford is also known for playing Rick Deckard in the neo-noir dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner (1982) and its sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017); John Book in the thriller Witness (1985), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor; and Jack Ryan in the action films Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994)).

Calista Kay Flockhart was born in Freeport, Illinois. Her mother, Kay (Honohan), was a school teacher, and her father, Ronald Flockhart, worked for Kraft Foods Inc. She has Irish, Scottish, German, and English ancestry. Calista was named after two of her great-grandmothers, who both had the middle name “Calista”.

In a snapshot:

  • 1964 -Born in Freeport, Illinois
  • 1988- Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre
  • 1989- Started Television career on Guiding Light
  • 1994- Debuted on Broadway in 1994
  • 1998- Awarded from Golden Globe as Best actress for Ally McBeal
  • 1998- One of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People
  • 2001- Adopted baby boy named Liam Flockhart
  • 2002- Met with her future husband Harrison Ford

Personal Life:

Flockhart attended Rutgers University in New Jersey to study acting over there. After college, she worked in regional theatre in Cleveland, Louisville, Chicago and Houston for only $400 for eight weeks of work. In 1994, she got her first Broadway role playing “Laura” in Tennessee Williams‘ “The Glass Menagerie”, for which she was recognized with the Theater World that time and Clarence Darwent Awards. She’s also played her important role in an all-star production of Anton Chekhov‘s “The Three Sisters” playing “Natasha”. She wasn’t too fond of TV series of movies right before Ally McBeal (1997), but did take part in a 1992 episode of the HBO series Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992). She acted in many movies, but among them is the remake of The Birdcage (1996). Calista played the fiancée of Robin Williams‘s son. In 1997, she appeared in Telling Lies in America (1997) as the object of Brad Renfro‘s obsession.

For her father’s job that required the family to move very often, Flockhart and her brother grew up together in several places including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Norwich, New York. While as child, she wrote a play called Toyland which she performed to a small audience at a dinner party.

Flockhart also attended Shawnee High School in Medford Township, New Jersey. Following graduation in 1983, Flockhart attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. While she was attending classes there, she also attended a specialized and competitive class, that was lasting from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m (12 hours). In her sophomore year at Rutgers, Flockhart met aspiring actress Jane Krakowski,  who was the very best friend of her roommate. We can see later as they both would work together on Ally McBeal.

Audiences and general people began recognizing Flockhart’s acting ability and skill on naturality when William Esper made an exception to policy by allowing Flockhart to perform on the main stage sometimes. Though this venue usually is reserved for juniors and seniors, Harold Scott insisted that Flockhart perform there in his production of William Inge‘s Picnic. Flockhart graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre in 1988 among one of the few students that time who successfully completed the course. Rutgers inducted her into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on May 3, 2003.

Flockhart moved to New York City in 1989 with the family and began seeking auditions while she was living with three other women in a very tiny two-bedroom apartment and working as a part time waitress and aerobics instructor. She would remain in the New York city until 1997.

Flockhart, who is 53 now, best known for playing the title character in hit legal drama Ally McBeal, met Ford at the 2002 Golden Globes Award ceremony. Flockhart’s then costar James Marsden told Playboy Magazine in 2013 that he served as her “wingman” when the pair started to date and attending dinner with the soon-to-be couple.

From 2004 to 2014, She served as the national spokesperson for Peace Over Violence.

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Early career of Flockhart

1989 Spring time, Flockhart made her very first television appearance in a minor role in an episode of Guiding Light as a babysitter. She made her professional debut on the New York stage, appearing in Beside Herself alongside Melissa Joan Hart, at the Circle Repertory Theatre. Two years later than that, Flockhart was ready and appeared in the television movie Darrow. Though she later appeared in films Naked in New York (1993) and Getting In (1994), her first substantial speaking part in a film was in Quiz Show (is a 1994 American historical film produced and directed by Robert Redford, and written by Paul Attanasio, based on Richard N. Goodwin’s memoir Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties), directed by famous director Robert Redford.

Flockhart debuted on Broadway in 1994, as Laura in The Glass Menagerie. Actress Julie Harris felt that time as the face and skill of her, Flockhart should be hired without further auditions, claiming that she seemed ideal for the part. Flockhart received a Clarence Derwent Award for her performance. In 1995, Flockhart became acquainted with actors such as Dianne Wiest and Faye Dunaway when she appeared in the movie Drunks.

In Ally McBeal as Ally

Main article: Ally McBeal

1997 is the year, when Flockhart was asked to audition for the starring role in David E. Kelley‘s Fox television series Ally McBeal. Kelley, having heard of Flockhart, wanted her to audition for the contract part. Though Flockhart at first hesitated due to the necessary commitment to the show in a negotiable contract, she was swayed by the script and traveled to Los Angeles to audition for the part, which she won confidently. She earned a prestigious Golden Globe Award for the role in 1998. Flockhart also appeared on the June 29, 1998, cover of Time magazine, placed as the newest iteration in the evolution of feminism, relating to the ongoing debate about the role depicted by her character in Ally McBeal.

Brothers & Sisters

Brothers & Sisters

Main article: Brothers & Sisters (2006 TV series)

Is an American television drama series that centers on the Walker family and their lives in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California. It aired for five seasons on ABC from September 24, 2006, to May 8, 2011. It aired, for its entire run, in a Sunday night timeslot after Desperate Housewives. Flockhart performed in a starring role as Kitty Walker, opposite Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths and Matthew Rhys, in this ABC critically acclaimed prime time series. The show was cancelled in May 2011 after running for five years. Flockhart’s character in the series was significant enough throughout the series’ first four years, but her appearances were reduced for the 2010–2011 season, coinciding with the departure of TV husband Rob Lowe.

All others good works

Flockhart also played the role of Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a 1999 film version of Shakespeare‘s play. In 2000, she appeared in Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Bash: Latter-Day Plays, later accompanying Eve Ensler to Kenya in order to protest violence against women, particularly female genital mutilation. Flockhart also starred in the Off-Broadway production of Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

Career:

Throughout her professional career, Flockhart has maintained her lean figure as always so she never looked old. Many have commented that Flockhart had become too much thin, particularly when the actress made red carpet appearances in clothing that revealed an emaciated physique of her. She had to maintain throughout the run of Ally McBeal that she was never diagnosed with either anorexia or bulimia, nor was she a user of illegal drugs. She did remark, however, that while starring in the show of Ally McBeal, she refrained from eating any kind of sweets, retaining her slimness with a complete routine of workouts and running. In 2006, she admitted that she had a problem at the time of acting in McBeal, and was “exercising way too much to maintain” and “eating too little”.

His Film appearances:

  • 1993- Naked in New York as Acting Student
  • 1994- Clear Cut
  • 1994- Getting In as Amanda Morel
  • 1994 Quiz Show as Barnard Girl
  • 1995- Pictures of Baby Jane Doe as Jane
  • 1995- Drunks as Helen
  • 1996- The Birdcage as Barbara Keeley
  • 1996- Milk & Money as Christine
  • 1997- Telling Lies in America as Diney Majeski
  • 1999- A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Helena
  • 2000- Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her as Taylor
  • 2004- The Last Shot as Valerie Weston
  • 2005- Fragile as Amy Nicholls

Her appearances in Television

  • 1989- Guiding Light as Elise
  • 1991- Darrow as Lillian Anderson
  • 1992- Lifestories: Families in Crisis as Mary
  • 1997-2002- Ally McBeal as Ally McBeal worked for 112 episodes
  • 1998- The Practice as Ally McBeal and worked in AXE MURDERER episode
  • 2000- Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child as Vanna
  • 2001- Bash: Latter Day Plays
  • 2006-11- Brothers & Sisters as Kitty Walker and worked for 110 episodes
  • 2014- Robot Chicken as Rebecca Cunningham
  • 2014- Web Therapy as April Keating
  • 2015- Full Circle as Ellen Kelly
  • 2015-17- Supergirl as Cat Grant
  • 2015- The Penguins of Madagascar as Doris

Her awards & Nominations

Trivia about Calista Flockhart

  • Graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 1988, with a BFA in theatre
  • One of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People by 1998
  • Graduated Shawnee High School in Medford, NJ. While there she was a cheerleader and was active in the student council by 1983.
  • Calista was named after a paternal great-grandmother, Hannah Calista (Clarke) Flockhart, and a maternal great-grandmother, Mary Calista (Sproule) Honohan. Hannah and her husband, Calista’s great-grandfather, John Flockhart, were both Scottish immigrants.
  • Calista’s Mother, Kay, was a high school English Teacher. Her father, Ronald, was an executive at Kraft Foods. She has one older brother, Gary.
  • 13 December 2000 – Calista collapsed on the set of her TV show, Ally McBeal (1997). It was announced she suffered from dehydration and exhaustion and had nothing to with her thinness, that many have attributed to bulimia.
  • She had a dog named Webster. He was her best friend until the dog died.
  • Became engaged on Valentine’s Day, 2009 to famous actor Harrison Ford.
  • One of the nine Rutgers alumni who were inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni on 3rd May, 2003. Calista graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1988. Met her future Ally McBeal (1997) co-star, Jane Krakowski, while both were attending Mason Gross.
  • Best known for her role in Ally McBeal and awarded also.
  • She won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Television Performer on January 9, 2000 at the 26th Annual People’s Choice Awards from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California, USA.
  • Won a Q Award for Best Actress in a Quality Series for Ally McBeal (1997) at the Viewers for Quality Television Awards on October 3, 1998 at the Burbank Airport Hilton and Convention Center in Burbank, California, USA. Her show, Ally McBeal (1997) also won for Best Quality Comedy Series.
  • She was inducted into the South Jersey Arts and Entertainment Hall of Fame on April 27, 2006.
  • She is the national spokesperson for the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women and was presented with a Humanitarian Award by them on October 21, 2005.
  • Attended Peace Over Violence (formerly the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women) Humanitarian Awards dinner with Harrison Ford on October 28, 2006.
  • Attended the 18th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California, USA, with actor Harrison Ford on January 20, 2007.
  • Harrison Ford adopted her son Liam Flockhart.
  • Flockhart and Harrison Ford‘s Santa Fe wedding was presided over by New Mexico’s governor Bill Richardson. The modest ceremony was attended by Richardson, his wife Barbara and the newlyweds’ adopted son Liam Flockhart.
  • First met her Ally McBeal (1997) co-star, Gil Bellows, when they were both theater actors in New York. She sat across from him at play readings.
  • She returns to television to star on the ABC family drama, Brothers & Sisters (2006) with Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths by September 2006.
  • Features as the voice of some of the Androids on a 1994 Audiobook version of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Philip K Dick, which the movie Blade Runner was adapted from, and stars her future husband Ford.

Tying the knot with Ford

The very happy couple’s “romantic love” continued through seven-and-a-half years of dating before making solid plan to take their relationship to the next level, which is marriage. Ford proposed to Flockhart over Valentine’s Day weekend in 2009 and the first met on 2002. Flockhart has been in a relationship with actor Harrison Ford since their meeting at the Golden Globe Awards on January 20, 2002. They became engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2009, and were married on June 15, 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The ceremony was presided over by Governor Bill Richardson and New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels. The wedding attire was definitely not black-tie. The newlyweds kept it casual when they tied the knot, with Ford sporting wrangler jeans and Flockhart a casual, white sundress and both were looking gorgeous.

At the time the lovebirds were on a family vacation with her son Liam Flockhart. Liam, now age 17, was adopted by the actress shortly before she and Ford got together.

“Harrison and Calista are all about family life,” an insider told a magazine in 2015. “Their life before and after they got married is focused on Liam.”

The wedding attire was definitely not black-tie. The newlyweds kept it casual when they tied the knot, with Ford sporting wrangler jeans and Flockhart a casual, white sundress and both were looking gorgeous.

Perfect family bonding

“It doesn’t faze me. Sometimes I even say, ‘Wow, I keep forgetting that he’s 22 years older than me’,” she told to a Magazine in 2003. “It doesn’t factor into our relationship at all. I like the way he looks first thing in the morning. It’s not handsome, it’s more cute. He looks like a little boy.”

If anyone had doubted Ford and Flockhart’s devoted marriage in their early years, they certainly changed their minds by 2015. Flockhart remained by her husband’s side for days when Ford was rushed to the emergency room after a near-fatal crash in his World War II vintage plane.

After having to make an emergency landing, Ford suffered a shattered right ankle, a shattered pelvis, a broken back and a serious bump on the head.

“Calista spent most of the weekend by Harrison’s side,” a source told PEOPLE in 2015. “She arrived early every morning and returned home late every night. She was under stress.”

When Ford recovered from his injuries, the two were able to continue sharing their love of flying.

“My wife, who is a wonderful lady, understands my passion for aviation, she understands what it means to me and flies with me to this day,” Ford said after the crash.

Getting news about Ally McBeal

I got a call from a girlfriend in L.A. She was also an actress, doing what they refer to as “pilot season”. She had read the script and she called me about it, and then I called my agent and he said, “Oh, yeah, I saw that and I passed”. [Beat] And I said, “Oh, well maybe we should revisit it”. So I did. I eventually flew out and screen-tested, and I got the part — on how she got Ally McBeal part in the series(1997).

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References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calista_Flockhart
  2. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001222/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  3. https://people.com/movies/harrison-ford-and-calista-flockhart-inside-their-unshakable-marriage/

 

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