Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman

Born

12/9/1962, Bedford, New York, USA

Birth Name

Felicity Kendall Huffman

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Flicka Huffman
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Biography

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Felicity Huffman is an Oscar-nominated Golden-Globe-winning actress popular for her brilliant portrayals of Bree Osbourne, a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual, in the critically-acclaimed 2006 comedy-drama Transamerica and as Lynette Scavo, Wisteria Lane's overwhelmed mother-of-four on ABC's hit series Desperate Housewives. Born in Bedford, New York, she grew up with…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In October 2009, Huffman joined the lifestyle brand philosophy and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to raise funds and awareness for the battle against cancer.

    • In September 2009, Felicity, along with her husband William H. Macy and Desperate Housewives co-star Teri Hatcher, participated in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon for the benefit of Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

    • In 1996, Felicity lent her voice as background singer in Rebecca Pidgeon's album The New York Girls' Club.

    • Awards & Nominations:
      - For Transamerica
      2005 (W) - Best Actress, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
      2005 (W) - Best Actress, National Board of Review, USA
      2005 (W) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
      2005 (W) - Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, Satellite Awards
      2005 (W) - Best Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
      2005 (W) - Best Actress, Tribeca Film Festival
      2005 (N) - Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards
      2006 (W) - Best Actress, Bangkok International Film Festival
      2006 (W) - Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
      2006 (W) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, Golden Globe Awards
      2006 (W) - Best Female Lead, Independent Spirit Awards
      2006 (W) - Breakthrough Performance Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival
      2006 (W) - Best Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle
      2006 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Academy Awards
      2006 (N) - Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
      2006 (N) - Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
      2006 (N) - Best Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards
      2006 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Awards

      - For Desperate Housewives
      2005 (W) - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Emmy Awards
      2005 (W) - Outstanding Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical, Satellite Awards, tied with Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)
      2005 (W) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, shared with castmates
      2005 (N) - Performance in a Comedy Series, Prism Awards
      2005 (N) - Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical, Satellite Awards
      2005 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Awards
      2006 (W) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, shared with castmates
      2006 (W) - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
      2006 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Awards
      2007 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Awards
      2007 (N) - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Emmy Awards
      2007 (N) - Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical, Satellite Awards
      2007 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
      2007 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, shared with castmates
      2008 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, shared with castmates
      2009 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, shared with castmates

      - For Other Works
      1994/1995 (W) - OBIE Awards, for Cryptogram
      2000 (N) - Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series, Viewers for Quality Television Awards, for Sports Night
      2000 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Awards, for Sports Night
      2004 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Satellite Awards, for Out of Order
      2005 (N) - Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries, Prism Awards, for Reversible Errors
      2008 (N) - Performance in a Feature Film, Prism Awards, for Georgia Rule

      (W) - Won
      (N) - Nominated

    • Entertainment Weekly ranked Huffman at No.5 on the Entertainer of the Year List for 2005. She was also chosen as one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty at Every Age section, for age 44, in May 2007.

    • During January of 2007, Felicity co-wrote a book with Patricia Wolff called A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend, which offers guys tips on everything from dating to male underwear.

    • In 2005, Felicity revealed that in her teenage years, she had suffered from both anorexia and bulimia, but was able to overcome those conditions.

    • Felicity's parents, Moore Peters Huffman, a banker, and Grace Valle Ewing, an actress, divorced when she was only a year old. She has six sisters and an older brother Moore and was raised primarily by her mother.

    • Theatrical Credits:
      A Taste of Honey as Joe (Stage Theatre, New York City, 1982)
      Been Taken as Jill (18th Street Playhouse, New York City, 1986)
      Speed-the-Plow as Karen (Royale Theatre, 1988)
      Boys' Life as Maggie (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1988)
      The Cryptogram as Donny (American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1995; off-Broadway production, c. 1996)
      The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite as Marie (Atlantic Theater Company, New York City, 1997)
      Boston Marriage as Anna (American Repertory Theatre, Hasty Pudding Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999)
      Oh, Hell! as Glenna (Lincoln Center, New York City)
      Grotesque Love Songs (New York City)
      The Loop (New York City)
      Shaker Heights (New York City)
      Jake's Women (Old Globe Theatre)
      Three Sisters (Philadelphia Festival Theatre)
      Dangerous Corner (off-Broadway production)

    • Huffman is a founding member and a former student of the Atlantic Theater Company, where she met her husband William H. Macy.

    • In 2005, Felicity was on the "Wildest Dreams" segment of Oprah, where she got to sing backup for her idol, Tina Turner. One of Huffman's dreams is to be a backup singer.

    • In 2004, Felicity starred in the made-for-TV movie Reversible Errors, with her husband, William H. Macy. In 2005, they both received Emmy nominations, Huffman for Desperate Housewives and William for The Wool Cap.

    • Film & TV Movie Credits:
      Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman (2006) as Pilot Nima
      Reversible Errors (2004) as Gillian Sullivan
      House Hunting (2003) as Sheila
      Path to War (2002) as Lady Bird Johnson
      The Heart Department (2001) as Dr. Liza Peck
      A Slight Case of Murder (1999) as Kit Wannamaker
      The Underworld (1997)
      Harrison: Cry of the City (1996) as Peggy Macklin
      Hackers (1995) as Prosecuting Attorney
      The Heart of Justice (1992) as Annie
      The Water Engine (1992) as Dance Hall Girl
      Quicksand: No Escape (1992) as Julianna Reinhardt
      Lip Service (1988) as Woman P.A.

    • In 1994, Felicity was fired from the television show, Thunder Alley.

    • For season two of Desperate Housewives, Felicity earned $250,000 per episode.

    • Her stage debut was portraying Joe in A Taste of Honey at the Stage Theatre in New York City in 1982. She made her Broadway debut as Karen, taking over for Madonna, in Speed-the-Plow at the Royale Theatre in 1988.

    • On September 6, 1997, Felicity married actor/director/writer William H. Macy. They have been living in Los Angeles, California with their two children, Sofia (b. August 1, 2000) and Georgia (b. March 14, 2002).

    • Felicity is 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall. She has blonde hair and green eyes.

    • Felicity's nickname when she was just a child was Flicka, given to her by her mother.

  • Quotes

    • Aside from the ones below, more quotes are found on the Quips & Quotes thread in the forum.

    • Felicity Huffman: (after sharing a dressing room with Madonna in the 80s) I was like, 'This is Madonna's underwear! So I tried it on - of course, it didn't fit me.

    • Felicity Huffman: I've always had a 40-year-old body, and now that I'm actually there I'm like, 'Hey, pretty good, huh?'

    • Felicity Huffman: (talking about her husband helping her if she is stuck with a scene) Well, he wouldn't walk me through it, not that I would mind being walked through anything by William H. Macy. I would fax him changes and the call sheets, so he knew what was coming up. And there were many scenes where I thought, you know, 'I'm lost; I'm in the weeds!' and he would break it down or give me ideas. And it's kind of amazing, you know; it's kind of like having Tiger Woods in your back pocket.

    • Felicity Huffman: (talking about her performances) When I am frightened I am a little bit feisty so there are times I say, 'Why!? Why do you want me to do that!? No! I am not gonna do that!!'

    • Felicity Huffman: (on her performance in "Transamerica") Transamerica has been a dream come true because I knew that it was a great acting challenge and I was scared to death every day we shot.

    • Felicity Huffman: (on her husband's opinion about "Desperate Housewives") He feels great about it, and he loves the show and I have a job for the next couples of years, so he is like 'You go honey, I am gonna garden.'

    • Felicity Huffman: (on co-writing "A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend" with Patricia Wolff) We've been best friends for 20 years, and we've always had these big conversations that revolve around men. When you have children, you stop seeing your girlfriends as much, so this project was great.

    • Felicity Huffman: I was bulimic and anorexic for a while, just hating my body, As an actress, I was never thin enough, never pretty enough, My boobs weren't big enough. I was throwing up all the time — figuring out what foods you can throw up and what foods you can't.

    • Felicity Huffman: I don't know if I'm a good mother, You're not there enough or you're not patient enough or I'm there enough. I don't know if I'm patient enough, though, you know, I don't know if I'm teaching them the right things.

    • Felicity Huffman: (on the set of "Transamerica") Towards the end of filming, I walked into the ladies room in full regalia and went Wow, I'm not supposed to be here and I walked out, Then I said Oh no, I am and walked back in again. It took me twice before I said 'OK, I'm actually a woman and walked into the ladies room. That was sort of frightening.

    • Felicity Huffman: There are a lot of gay characters on TV now and in movies, and that's good, but who else can we include? To take an icon like the American cowboy [as Brokeback Mountain does] and go, 'By the way, they're gay', is just great.

    • Felicity Huffman: In the new millennium, we're fighting against the icon of the perfect mother...You can complain about your job, you can complain about your husband, you can complain about your friends, but God forbid you complain about your kids.

    • Felicity Huffman: I'm not the greatest mother - I find motherhood really challenging, and really exhausting, and really frustrating. I feel like I go from one mistake to another.

    • Felicity Huffman: (on the prosthetic penis she wore for her role in "Transamerica") Having it in your pants is really different. Because all your focus goes there. It's like this thing, dangling, which takes all of your attention. It's no wonder that it's all they think about.

    • Felicity Huffman: (about aging gracefully) Everything heads south and you become less and less attractive, but one of the perks is that you can learn to come home to yourself. You're a little more comfortable in your skin, as saggy as it is.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Still glamorous at 40!

    9.7
    Felicity is a wonderful actress. She's definitely my favourite actress on Desperate Housewives, and she deserved the Golden Globe more than any of them. Being a mother, wife and actress can't be easy, especially on the looks, but Felicity is still gorgeous and glamorous and at 40! Now thats something to aspire to!
  • She's the one!

    10
    One if the reasons why I see Desperate Housewives!!!



    Her work is so awesome that makes you want to see her everytime! In Desperate housewives we seen her as Lynette and she knows how transmit the feeling.



    Her scenes are so strong and deep, that can you feel in your own skin was she is feeling. In my opinion, is the most "real" of the cast of desperate housewives. We can see that her life is real and not a fictional one. The scenes with her husband in the show, are the more emotional in the show! They give that "sad" real life thing that make the balance with the funny moments. They're my favorite couple in all the story of the show, and of others shows! We can feel the love!



    Thanks for your job! We admire you so much!moreless
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