Calista Kay Flockhart is an American actress. She starred as the title character in the legal comedy-drama series “Ally McBeal”, Kitty Walker in the drama series “Brothers & Sisters” and Cat Grant in the superhero drama series “Supergirl.” Take a look below for 25 more fun and interesting facts about Calista Kay Flockhart.
1. She has been featured in a number of films, including the comedy film “The Birdcage,” the romantic comedy film “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the drama film “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her.”
2. Flockhart has won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, and garnered three Emmy Award nominations.
3. She is married to actor Harrison Ford.
4. Flockhart was born in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Kay Calista, an English teacher, and Ronald Flockhart, a Kraft Foods executive.
5. Her parents are retired and live in Morristown, Tennessee.
6. She has one older brother, Gary. Her mother reversed her own first and middle names in naming her Calista Kay.
7. 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.
8. As a child, she wrote a play called Toyland which she performed to a small audience at a dinner party.
9. Flockhart attended Shawnee High School in Medford Township, New Jersey. Following graduation in 1983, Flockhart attended Glassboro State College her freshman year, then subsequently attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
10. 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.”
11. People began recognizing Flockhart’s acting ability when William Esper, Mason Gross’ theater director and Flockhart’s acting teacher, made an exception to policy by allowing Flockhart to perform on the main stage.
12. 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.”
13. Flockhart graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater in 1988 as one of the few students who successfully completed the course.
14. Rutgers inducted her into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on May 3, 2003.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Flockhart made her professional debut on the New York stage, appearing in “Beside Herself” alongside Melissa Joan Hart, at the Circle Repertory Theater.
18. Two years later, Flockhart appeared in the television movie “Darrow.” Though she later appeared in films “Naked in New York” and “Getting In”, her first substantial speaking part in a film was in “Quiz Show,” directed by Robert Redford.
19. Flockhart debuted on Broadway in 1994, as Laura in The Glass Menagerie.
20. 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.
21. The ceremony was presided over by Governor Bill Richardson and New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels.
22. Flockhart and Ford have one adopted son together, Liam Flockhart Ford whom Flockhart adopted at birth.
23. 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.
24. In 2006, she admitted that she had a problem at the time, and was “exercising too much” and “eating too little”.
25. From 2004 to 2014, Flockhart served as the national spokesperson for Peace Over Violence.