|Felicity Huffman Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||December 9, 1962|
|Spouse||William H. Macy|
Felicity Huffman is an American actress, director, producer, and author, best known for the role of Lynette Scavo on the ABC TV series Desperate Housewives for 8 seasons from 2004 to 2012, alongside Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross. For that role, she received multiple nominations for the Golden Globe Award and won a Primetime Emmy Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” in 2005. One of her most critically acclaimed roles was that of Bree, a transgender woman in Transamerica (2005), for which Felicity was nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards event in the category of “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” in 2006.
She had notable appearances in TV series such as Golden Years (1991) as Terry Spann, Sports Night (1998-2000) as Dana Whitaker, Out of Order (2003) as Lorna Colm, Frasier (2003) as Julia Wilcox, American Crime (2015-2017) as characters Barb Hanlon, Leslie Graham, and Jeanette Hesby, and Get Shorty (2018) as Special Agent Clara Dillard. Felicity also starred in movies Georgia Rule (2007) with Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, and Dermot Mulroney, Trust Me (2013), Rudderless (2014) with Billy Crudup, and Krystal (2017) with Rosario Dawson, Nick Robinson, and Grant Gustin.
Felicity Kendall Huffman
Bedford, New York, United States
New York City, New York, United States
She attended The Putney School, a private boarding high school in Putney, Vermont, United States. Felicity then enrolled in Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, United States, and graduated in 1981.
After graduation, she attended New York University and received her bachelor of arts degree in Fine Arts for Drama in 1988. After getting the degree, Felicity studied drama at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in Manhattan, New York, United States.
Furthermore, she went on to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England, United Kingdom.
Actress, Director, Producer, Author
- Father – Moore Peters Huffman (1910–1987) (Banker), Roger Tallman Maher (Biological)
- Mother – Grace née Ewing Valle (1921–2009) (Housewife)
- Siblings – Mariah Huffman (Older Sister), Betsy Huffman (Older Sister), Grace Huffman (Older Sister), Isabel Huffman (Older Sister), Jessie Huffman (Older Sister), Jane Huffman (1949–2013) (Older Sister), Moore Jr. Huffman (Older Brother)
- Others – Otto Von Huffman (Paternal Grandfather), Betsy/Betsey King Peters (Paternal Grandmother), William Huffman (Paternal Grand-Grandfather), Emily/Emilie Hivling Huston (Paternal Grand-Grandmother), Gershom Moore Peters, Jr. (Paternal Grand-Grandfather) (Reverend, Baptist Minister), Mary Elizabeth King (Paternal Grand-Grandmother), William Lane/J./C. Ewing (Maternal Grandfather) (Banker), Maria/Marie von Phul Taylor (Maternal Grandmother), Frederick/Frederic Berthold Ewing (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), Jessie Adeline Vallé (Maternal Grand-Grandmother), Henry von Phul Taylor (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), Martha Newton “Mattie” Lindsay (Maternal Grand-Grandmother), Francis Herbert “Frank” Maher (Biological Paternal Grandfather), Grace Brown (Biological Paternal Grandmother), John Maher (Biological Paternal Grand-Grandfather), Anna/Annie M. Tallman (Biological Paternal Grand-Grandmother), Frederick/Fred Solyman Brown (Biological Paternal Grand-Grandfather), Effie Grace Wooster (Biological Paternal Grand-Grandmother)
Felicity Huffman is represented by –
- Creative Artists Agency (CAA) (Talent Agent) in Los Angeles, California, United States
- Wolf-Kasteler Public Relations (Publicist) in Los Angeles, California, United States
Traditional, Rock, Folk, Folk Rock
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
53 kg or 117 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Felicity Huffman has dated –
- William H. Macy (1997-Present) – Felicity’s only publicly known relationship was with a well known American actor, who she started officially dating in 1997. They met at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York, where William was a drama teacher. The pair was in an on-and-off relationship for around 15 years, with breaks of as much as 3 years, before getting married on September 6, 1997. Even though William proposed multiple times in that period, Felicity was worried about the statistics of the marriage, and how many of them end up in divorce, which made her reluctant. They co-starred in numerous film and television projects together, and one of the most notable was the independent movie Cake (2014), starring Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick. The couple welcomed their 1st daughter, Sofia Grace Macy on August 1, 2000, and less than 2 years later, on March 14, 2002, their 2nd daughter, Georgia Grace Macy. In March 2019, following a college admission fraud scandal, many media companies and magazines reported their marriage was under a lot of strain and potentially in crisis.
Race / Ethnicity
Felicity Huffman has German, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, French, Dutch, and Irish ancestry.
She often dyes her hair ‘Ombre’ with ‘Light Brown’ roots.
- Bright white teeth
- Thin lips
- Slim physique
- Often wears glasses
Felicity has endorsed brands such as –
- Milk Mustache awareness campaign (2001)
- QVC Shopping Channel (2005)
- NARAL Pro-Choice America, anti-abortion organization (2005)
- Unilever’s Dove skin care products (2006)
- AstraZeneca biopharmaceutical company (2007)
She also appeared in a PSA/TV commercial for FightPC.org, for people suffering pancreatic cancer in 2013.
Best Known For
- Starring in Sports Night comedy-drama from 1998 to 2000 as Dana Whitaker
- Being part of the main cast, as Lynette Scavo, in the well-known TV series Desperate Housewives from 2004 to 2012
- Playing a character of Bree in Transamerica (2005)
- Starring as CIA Director in Big Game (2014)
- Having roles in TV series American Crime (2015-2017) and Get Shorty (2018)
As a Singer
Felicity was a backup singer for the folk-rock album titled The New York Girls’ Club, released in 1996 by a well-known singer and actress Rebecca Pidgeon. She also performed a song titled I’ve Been Working on the Railroad in an episode of Desperate Housewives TV series titled Where Do I Belong? in 2011.
Felicity Huffman made her first theatrical film appearance as Wheel of Fortune Girl in a comedy-crime movie Things Change in 1988.
First TV Show
Felicity Huffman made her first TV show appearance as Sara Greene in an episode titled A Home Run for Love of the adventure-comedy series ABC Afterschool Specials in 1978.
On her blog, WhatTheFlicka, she released details about her workout routine that she titled $20 Workout, compiled by Kristen Hultgreen, who became her personal trainer in 2004.
She dedicated it to women and females that don’t have more than 45 minute-1 hour a day to work out or don’t like going to the gym. It focuses on the full body exercises that are easy to perform, inexpensive, and can be done anywhere.
Felicity even went a step further and recorded many of those exercises she performed in her bedroom or backyard. The videos were posted on her YouTube channel in order to provide additional guidance and show form, as well as the number of sets and reps she recommended.
Felicity Huffman Favorite Things
- Activity – Writing, Working Out, Motivational Speaking, Singing
- Drink – Herbal Tea
- Idol – Tina Turner
- Childhood Crush – Actor Henry Winkler
Felicity Huffman Facts
- Her parents divorced when she was only 1 year old, but both of them took care of her and her 7 siblings.
- Felicity spent her childhood in Snowmass, Colorado, and Aspen, Colorado, United States.
- Felicity told Oprah Winfrey during an interview that her mother named her “Flicka” initially, based on movie My Friend Flicka (1943) as well as a book of the same name, but was later forced to change it to Felicity as it wasn’t a Christian name. She later embraced the name as her nickname, and it means “girl” in Swedish.
- When she was 13 or 14 years old, she found out that her father isn’t actually her biological father, and that her mother had an affair with a family friend named Roger Tallman Mahe. However, Felicity said that she considered Moore Peters Huffman her father.
- Her Broadway debut was in the play Speed the Plow (1988) where she played Karen.
- She suffered from both bulimia and anorexia in her late teens and 20s, which are serious eating disorders. Felicity spoke of the struggles on her blog and interviews in 2005 and 2006.
- Both she and her husband, William H. Macy, received separate stars at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angles, California on March 7, 2012.
- Her best friend was Patricia Wolff, who Felicity met in college. They wrote and published a book together, titled A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend: For Every Guy Who Wants to be One, For Every Girl Who Wants to Build One, in January 2007.
- Actress Diane Venora replaced her in the role of Bobbi Turner in the comedy Thunder Alley in 1994.
- She mentioned her idol was Tina Turner multiple times and had the chance to sing backup vocals for her during Tina’s appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in February 2005.
- She was born on December 9, which is the same date her Desperate Housewives (2004) co-star Jesse Metcalfe is born on.
- Felicity was a guest at the wedding of her Desperate Housewives TV series co-star Marcia Cross to her husband Tom Mahoney on June 24, 2006.
- Her salary for Desperate Housewives (2004-2012) was $250,000 per episode until 2009 when it was raised to $400,000 per episode until the series finale in 2012.
- Her co-stars in the comedy Bring It On (2000) were Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku.
- She helped establish and later starred multiple times in the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City, New York, United States. One of her drama students at the theatre was Jessica Alba.
- She co-starred with Kate Hudson, Hayden Panettiere, and Helen Mirren in Raising Helen (2004).
- Felicity played a friend of Nora, a character played by Jamie Lee Curtis in Christmas with the Kranks (2004), also starring Tim Allen.
- Her co-star in Big Game (2014) was Samuel L. Jackson.
- She launched her website and blog, focusing on parenting, women’s tips and tricks, a plethora of relevant topics, named What The Flicka on March 1, 2012, and was a regular poster since the very beginning.
- Felicity returned to work in The West Wing (1999) only 3 months after giving birth to her 1st daughter, and Girls Club (2002) only 5 months after she gave birth to her 2nd daughter.
- She became very good friends with Sarah Paulson after starring in multiple projects such as Path to War (2002), The D.A. (2004), and TV series Desperate Housewives (2004). The two even shared a Golden Globe Award category nomination in 2017, but Sarah ultimately won.
- Felicity, along with Lori Loughlin, was arrested on March 12, 2019, and charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud via a college admissions scam along with 50 others.
- The two reportedly paid a total of $500,000 for an educated person to take a PSAT exam in the name of Felicity’s daughter Sophia, and achieve an almost perfect score, as well as for her daughter to fraudulently become an athlete of the USC (University of Southern California), and get an easy acceptance that way. Felicity’s daughter was reportedly unaware of her mother’s actions.
- Visit her official website and blog @ whattheflicka.com.
- She deleted all of her social media, and even her blog, following the mail fraud scandal in mid-March of 2019.
Featured Image by Lloyd Klein / Flickr / CC BY 2.0