Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman

Born: Dec. 9, 1962 Bedford, New York, USA

Felicity Huffman was born in Bedford, New York on December 9th, 1962. She studied drama at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and while still at the high school made her TV debut in the ABC Afterschool special A Home Run for Love in 1978.

Felicity received a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 and joined the Atlantic Theater Company that was co-founded by David Mamet and future husband William H. Macy. While working on the stage, she also managed to get small roles in 1988’s Lip Service and Things Change and 1990’s Reversal of Fortune. In 1991, she landed a role on Stephen King’s Golden Years and followed that up with the TV movies Quicksand: No Escape (with Donald Sutherland), The Water Engine and The Heart of Justice, the latter two both featuring William H. Macy. Guest-starring roles in popular TV shows followed as Huffman appeared in The X Files, Chicago Hope, and Law & Order.

In 1997, she appeared in the film The Spanish Prisoner, which was directed by David Mamet and starred Steve Martin and Campbell Scott. In 1999, she appeared with Macy and James Cromwell in the TV movie A Slight Case of Murder and on the big screen in Magnolia, whose ensemble included Macy, Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Alfred Molina, John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore.

She made a strong impression as Dana Whitaker in the TV series Sports Night which ran from 1998 to 2000. She followed that with the TV movies The Heart Department with Tony Shaloub and Path to War with Alec Baldwin. She then landed a recurring role on Frasier playing Kelsey Grammer’s love interest.

In 2004, Huffman was in the cancelled TV series The D.A. and also appeared in the films Raising Helen (with Kate Hudson and John Corbett) and Christmas with the Kranks with Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd. That year, she also landed the role of Lynette Scavo in the hit series Desperate Housewives, which also starred Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Nicollette Sheridan and Eva Longoria, a role that has earned her an Emmy and SAG Award.

In 2005, Huffman earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her role as a transsexual in Transamerica, which co-starred Kevin Zegers. She then went on to work with Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan in the critically-savaged Georgia Rule.

Huffman has been married to William H. Macy since 1997 and has two daughters.

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