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Also Known As: Felicity Kendall Huffman Died:
Born: December 9, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bedford, New York, USA Profession: actress

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Often lauded for her prolific stage work, actress Felicity Huffman struggled for years in trying to find her footing on both television and the big screen. An accomplished performer whose best early work consisted of collaborations with playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, whom she later married, Huffman slowly forged a career onscreen that at first mainly consisted of small parts in television movies and guest starring roles on series television, including episodes of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002) and "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000). She finally began to make a name for herself with a starring role on Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed comedy, "Sports Night" (NBC, 1998-2000), though the series only lasted two seasons. Eventually, Huffman received her proper due when she landed a plum role on the ensemble dramedy, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ), which propelled her and co-star Eva Longoria and creator Marc Cherry to stardom, while reviving the careers of the show's other stars like Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan. After receiving an Emmy Award for her performance as the most down-to-earth housewife, Lynette Scavo, Huffman found Academy Award-worthy success on the big screen with her...

Often lauded for her prolific stage work, actress Felicity Huffman struggled for years in trying to find her footing on both television and the big screen. An accomplished performer whose best early work consisted of collaborations with playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, whom she later married, Huffman slowly forged a career onscreen that at first mainly consisted of small parts in television movies and guest starring roles on series television, including episodes of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002) and "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000). She finally began to make a name for herself with a starring role on Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed comedy, "Sports Night" (NBC, 1998-2000), though the series only lasted two seasons. Eventually, Huffman received her proper due when she landed a plum role on the ensemble dramedy, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ), which propelled her and co-star Eva Longoria and creator Marc Cherry to stardom, while reviving the careers of the show's other stars like Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan. After receiving an Emmy Award for her performance as the most down-to-earth housewife, Lynette Scavo, Huffman found Academy Award-worthy success on the big screen with her touching portrait of a transsexual parent in "Transamerica" (2005), proving that talent and perseverance could win out.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cake (2015)
2.
 Stealing Cars (2015)
3.
 Big Game (2014)
4.
 Rudderless (2014)
5.
 Trust Me (2013)
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 Georgia Rule (2007)
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 Transamerica (2005)
10.
 Christmas with the Kranks (2004) Merry
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Became a member of the Atlantic Theater Company, co-founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy
1988:
Made feature acting debut in David Mamet's "Things Changes"
1988:
Understudied and eventually replaced Madonna in Mamet's Broadway play, "Speed-the-Plow"
1990:
Featured as one of Dershowitz's Student Staff in "Reversal of Fortune"
1991:
Made TV debut in the Stephen King miniseries, "Golden Years" (CBS)
1992:
First TV movie, "Quicksand: No Escape" (USA network)
1994:
Appeared as Ed Asner's daughter in the pilot episodes of ABC's "Thunder Alley"; replaced by Diane Venora when the series began
1995:
Acted onstage in Mamet's "The Cryptogram"
1995:
Directed by Mamet in the Atlantic Theater Company production of J.B. Priestley's "Dangerous Corner"
1996:
Was featured in the Showtime series "Bedtime"
1997:
Directed by future husband William H. Macy in "The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite" at the Atlantic Theater Company
1998:
Co-starred in Mamet's "The Spanish Prisoner"
1998:
Played TV producer Dana Whitaker on the ABC series, "Sports Night"; earned a Golden Globe (2000) nomination for Best Actress
1999:
Appeared with husband William H. Macy (who also co-wrote the teleplay) in the TNT original, "A Slight Case of Murder"
1999:
Played small role in "Magnolia" as a TV game show coordinator; husband had more substantial role in the film
2001:
Played a photographer who is charged with child pornography in the Lifetime movie, "Snap Decision"
2002:
Portrayed Lady Bird Johnson in HBO movie, "Path to War"
2003:
Co-starred with Eric Stoltz, as a married couple and screenwriting partners, in the Showtime series, "Out of Order"
2003:
Guest starred as Frasier's Love interest on the NBC comedy, "Frasier"
2004:
Appeared with husband William H. Macy in the CBS miniseries, "Reversible Errors"
2004:
Cast as Lynette Scavo, the ex-career woman and mother of four unmanageable kids in the ABC drama, "Desperate Housewives"; earned Golden Globe (2005, 2006, 2007), SAG (2007) and Emmy (2007) nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
2005:
Portrayed a transsexual woman who discovers that she fathered a child in her former life as a man in the indie drama, "Transamerica"; earned Oscar and SAG nominations for Best Actress
2007:
Played Lindsay Lohan's mother in the Garry Marshall directed, "Georgia Rule"
2008:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2009:
Played the title character's mother in "Phoebe in Wonderland"
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Education

Interlochen Arts Academy: Interlochen , Michigan -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
Circle in the Square Theatre School: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York - 1988

Notes

"It's actually one of the things we do best. We work really well together, which is surprising because I know it's tough for couples to play tennis together, much less work together."---Huffman on working with husband William H. Macy to CNN May 21, 2004

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husband:
William H Macy. Actor, director. Met through mutual association with the Atlantic Theater Company; married on September 6, 1997.

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mother:
Grace Huffman.
daughter:
Sophia Grace Macy. Born August 1, 2000; father is William H. Macy.
daughter:
Georgia Grace Macy. Born March 14, 2002; father is William H. Macy.
brother:
Moore Huffman. Older.
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