Calista Flockhart (born 11.11.1964)
Calista Flockhart is an American actress best known for playing the title role in 'Ally McBeal'.
Calista Flockhart: Childhood
Calista Flockhart was born in Freeport, Illinois. Her parents are Kay, an English teacher, and Ronald Flockhart, who worked for Kraft Foods.
As a child she lived in various places including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey and Norwich, New York.
She attended Shawnee High School in New Jersey and then the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre. The university later inducted her into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
She later moved to New York City and worked as a waitress and an aerobics instructor while seeking out auditions.
Calista Flockhart: Acting career
Calista Flockhart made her TV debut in 1989 in one episode of 'Guiding Light'. She later appeared in the stage production 'Beside Herself' with Melissa Joan Hart.
She then appeared in the movie's 'Darrow', 'Naked in New York' and 'Getting In' but landed her first major role in Robert Redford's 'Quiz Show' in 1994 which also starred John Turturro, Rob Morrow and Ralph Fiennes.
1994 also saw her in her first Broadway show in 'The Glass Menagerie' which won her a Clarence Derwent Award.
In 1995, she appeared alongside Dianne Wiest and Faye Dunaway in the movie 'Drunks'. That year she was also in Paul Peditto's 'Pictures of Baby Jane Doe'.
In 1996, she acted with Dianne Wiest again in 'The Birdcage' which also featured Robin Williams and Gene Hackman.
The following year she landed the title role in the TV series 'Ally McBeal' in which she played a young lawyer. The series ran for five seasons until 2002. The series earned her a Golden Globe Award and she reprised the same role in an episode of 'The Practice' and in the spin-off 'Ally'.
In 1999, she played Helena in a film adaptation of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Everett.
In 2000, she was in 'Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her' alongside Glenn Close and Cameron Diaz, and the TV movie 'Bash: Latter-Day Plays' with Paul Rudd. She later appeared in the production of Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues'.
In 2004, she appeared alongside Matthew Broderick in 'The Last Shot' and filmed 2005's horror 'Fragile', which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
Between 2006 and 2001, she was in the TV series 'Brothers and Sisters' with Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths.
Calista Flockhart: Personal life
Calista Flockhart married Harrison Ford in 2010. Together they raise a son, Liam, adopted by Calista in 2001.
She is the national spokesperson for Peace Over Violence.