|Born||Felicity Kendall Huffman
December 9, 1962
Bedford, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1978 – present|
|Spouse(s)||William H. Macy (1997 – present)|
Felicity Kendall Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Lynette Scavo, the hectic Super-Mom 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,(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.
Huffman is also the co-author of the self-help book, A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend.
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. 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.
|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"|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Felicity Kendall Huffman|
December 9, 1962
Bedford, New York, USA
|Spouse||William H. Macy (1997 - present) 2 children|
Sofia Grace Macy (b.2000) |
Georgia Grace Macy (b.2002)
Felicity Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American movie and television actress. She is well known for her role as Lynette Scavo, a busy mother on the ABC television show Desperate Housewives. A year later, her role as a transwoman in the independent film Transamerica was praised by many critics and earned her a Golden Globe Award.