Real name: Calista Flockhart
Birthdate: November 11, 1964
Partner: Harrison Ford
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Flockhart was born in Freeport, Illinois, to Ronald Flockhart, an executive for Kraft Foods, and English teacher Kay Calista. She has one older brother, Gary. Her mother reversed her own first and middle names in naming her Calista Kay. (The name Calista comes from Greek kallista, meaning "most beautiful.") Because her father's job required the family to move often, Flockhart was raised with her brother in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, upstate New York, and New Jersey. As a child, she wrote a play called Toyland in which she performed to a small audience at a dinner party.
Flockhart's acting ability was recognized 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 is usually 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 only a few students who successfully completed the course. She was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni on May 3, 2003.
After receiving her degree, Flockhart moved to New York City in 1989 where she remained until 1997, living with three other women in a two-bedroom apartment and working as a waitress and aerobics instructor whilst she simultaneously sought auditions.
In spring 1989, Flockhart made her first television appearance in a minor role in an episode of Guiding Light as a babysitter.
She 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 a 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 played the role of Helena in the 1999 film version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 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 psychotic 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 auditioned for the role of Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives, but lost the role to Teri Hatcher. Flockhart currently stars as communication advisor Kitty Walker in the ABC TV prime time series Brothers & Sisters, which premiered in September 2006 as the lead-out program to Desperate Housewives.
Flockhart continues to support charities such as Public Schools Arts, and causes such as breast cancer research. She is the national spokeswoman for Peace Over Violence (POV), which led her to acquire a Humanitarian Award on October 21, 2005.