Calista Flockhart

Calista Kay Flockhart (born November 11, 1964)[1][2] is an American actress. She starred as the title character in the legal comedy-drama series Ally McBeal (1997–2002), Kitty Walker in the drama series Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011) and Cat Grant in the superhero drama series Supergirl (2015–2017). She has also been featured in a number of 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.

Calista Flockhart
Calista Flockhart at the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival-01
Calista Kay Flockhart

November 11, 1964 (age 54)
Alma materRutgers University
Years active1989–present
Harrison Ford (m. 2010)

Early life

Calista Kay Flockhart was born in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Kay Calista, an English teacher, and Ronald Flockhart, a Kraft Foods executive.[3] Her parents are retired and live in Morristown, Tennessee. She has one older brother, Gary. Her mother reversed her own first and middle names in naming her Calista Kay.[4]

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

Flockhart 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 there, she attended a specialized and competitive class, lasting from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In her sophomore year at Rutgers, Flockhart met aspiring actress Jane Krakowski, the best friend of her roommate. Later, they both would work together on Ally McBeal.

People began recognizing Flockhart's acting ability when William Esper (Mason Gross' theatre director and Flockhart's acting teacher) made an exception to policy by allowing Flockhart to perform on the main stage. 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 as one of the few students 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 and began seeking auditions, living with three other women in a two-bedroom apartment and working as a waitress and aerobics instructor. She would remain in the city until 1997.


Early career

In spring 1989, Flockhart made her first television appearance in a minor role in an episode of Guiding Light as a babysitter. Also, she played a teenager battling an eating disorder on a one hour Afternoon Special on TV. Flockhart 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, Flockhart 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, directed by Robert Redford.

Flockhart debuted on Broadway in 1994, as Laura in The Glass Menagerie. Actress Julie Harris felt 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. Later that year, Flockhart starred in Jane Doe as a drug addict. In 1996, Flockhart appeared as the daughter of Dianne Wiest and Gene Hackman's characters in The Birdcage. Throughout that year, she continued to work on Broadway, playing the role of Natasha in Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters.

Ally McBeal

In 1997, 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. She earned a Golden Globe Award for the role in 1998. Flockhart also appeared on the June 29, 1998, cover of Time magazine,[5] placed as the newest iteration in the evolution of feminism, relating to the ongoing debate about the role depicted by her character.[6]

Brothers & Sisters

Flockhart performed in a starring role as Kitty Walker, opposite Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths and Matthew Rhys, in the ABC critically acclaimed prime time series Brothers & Sisters, which premiered in September 2006 in the time slot after Desperate Housewives. The show was cancelled in May 2011 after running for five years. Flockhart's character was significant 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.

Other work

Flockhart 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.

In 2004, Flockhart appeared as Matthew Broderick's deranged girlfriend in The Last Shot. In the same year, Flockhart travelled to Spain for the filming of Fragile, which premiered in September 2005 at the Venice Film Festival. She was offered the role of Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives but declined, and the role later went to Teri Hatcher.[7]

In 2014, Flockhart landed a role in Full Circle's second season, as mob boss Ellen. It was expected to air in 2015. This had been Flockhart's first acting role in three years, after her hiatus when Brothers & Sisters ended.

In 2015, Flockhart was cast in the television series Supergirl as Cat Grant, a "self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo" and boss to Kara (Supergirl's alter ego).[8] The series premiered on October 26, 2015, on CBS.[9] Due to the network's wish to reduce the show's budget, it was moved to sister network The CW after its first season, along with a move to filming in Vancouver. Flockhart remained with the show (albeit as a recurring character), despite her previous aversion to working outside Los Angeles.[10]

Personal life

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart at the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival-04
Flockhart and Ford in September 2009

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.[11] Flockhart and Ford have one adopted son together, Liam Flockhart Ford (b. 2001)[11] whom Flockhart adopted at birth.[12]

Throughout her professional career, Flockhart has maintained her lean figure. However, many have commented that Flockhart had become dangerously thin, particularly when the actress made red carpet appearances in clothing that revealed an emaciated physique. She had maintained 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, she refrained from eating sweets, retaining her slimness with intense workouts and running.[13] In 2006, she admitted that she had a problem at the time, and was "exercising too much" and "eating too little".[14]

From 2004 to 2014, Flockhart served as the national spokesperson for Peace Over Violence.[15]



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


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Guiding Light Elise
1991 Darrow Lillian Anderson Movie
1992 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Mary-Margaret Carter Episode: "The Secret Life of Mary Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic"
1997–2002 Ally McBeal Ally McBeal Lead Role (112 episodes)
1998 The Practice Ally McBeal Episode: "Axe Murderer"
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Vanna Van (voice) Episode: "Rip Van Winkle"
2001 Bash: Latter-Day Plays Movie
2006–2011 Brothers & Sisters Kitty Walker Lead Role (110 episodes)
2014 Robot Chicken Dr. Ryan Stone / Smurfette / Rebecca Cunningham (voice) Episode: "Batman Forever 21"
2014 Web Therapy April Keating Episodes: "Lost on the Young" and "Judicial Oversight"
2015 Full Circle Ellen Kelly-O'Rourke Season 2
2015–2018 Supergirl Cat Grant Series regular (season 1; 20 episodes)
Recurring (season 2; 4 episodes)
Special guest star (season 3; 1 episode)
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Doris (voice) Episode: "The Penguin Who Loved Me"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Ally McBeal
Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
1999 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2000 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Television Performer Won
Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
2016 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress On Television Supergirl Nominated


  1. ^ "Calista Flockhart Bio". A&E Television Networks 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Calista Flockhart". Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Schneider, Karen S. (1998-11-09). "Arguing Her Case". People Magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
  4. ^ "News - Calista Flockhart child of Ronald and Kay Calista". Archived from the original on 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  5. ^ "TIME Magazine Cover: Is Feminism Dead?". Time. June 29, 1998.
  6. ^ Ginia Bellafante (June 29, 1998). "It's All About Me!". Time.
  7. ^ "Coulda Been a Contender", slide 7 of 14. AOL Television. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
  8. ^ Nicholson, Matt (February 23, 2015). "Calista Flockhart Cast As Cat Grant In Supergirl". IGN. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (June 9, 2015). "CBS 'Supergirl' Sets October Premiere, Plus More Fall Schedules". Screencrush. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "Calista Flockhart Sets Supergirl Return (But Not as a Series Regular)". TV Line. August 1, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Mike Haederle (June 16, 2010). "Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart get married!". Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  12. ^ News, A. B. C. (6 January 2006). "Calista Flockhart Adopts Baby". ABC News. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Thin, thinner, thinnest". the Guardian. 1999-10-18. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  14. ^ Jenifer Goodwin (September 24, 2006). "Taking beauty's measure". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  15. ^ "National Spokesperson Emeritus". Peace Over Violence. Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved April 19, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Theatre World Award
Preceded by
Beverly D'Angelo
for Simpatico
Theatre World Award
for The Glass Menagerie
Succeeded by
Kevin Kilner
for The Glass Menagerie

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