Calista Flockhart Biography
She was an active student, showing support for their school, Shawnee High school, she took partin extracurricular activities that would boost school spirit, first as a member of the cheerleading squad and then by being an executive on the student council. Calista Flockhart, fresh out of high school headed to NEw Brunswick, New Jersey where she studied Fine Arts at Rutgers University. When Graduation came in 1987, she had already participated and appeared in student theatre productions, countless times before while she was still under William Esper's instruction, as her acting coach.
Decided on pursuing acting ful-time, Calista Flockhart headed to New York, to follow her dreams and to try her luck. As it would seem, when she got to New York, luck was indeed on her side, bagging numerous roles on a Williamstown Theatre Festival presentations. Soon enough, people took notice. The enext step Calista took was TV, first small parts on the soap opera "The Guiding Light", then came a supporting role, co-starring Kevin Spacey in 1991's Darrow. HBO then cast Calista as the lead, in a story about a woman's eating disorder, `1992's "The Secret Life of Mary-Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic", in the HBO series Lifestories: Families in Crisis.
Doubling as an aerobics instructor, greatly helped her finances and in time she was able to afford hiring both an agent and a manager. Both equally crucial to help her land more roles either on TV or in films.
When Calista Flockhart did finally make it to Broadway, for her role in the Glass Managerie, recieved a Theatre World Award in recognition of her excellent performance in the said production also to her name was a Clarence Derwent Award. In the film "Quiz Show", though Calista's role in the film was small, it was her first ever feature film. She had her role in The Loop to thank for getting cast a supporting role this time around in the hit comedy film of 1996, The Birdcage.
Calista Flockhart by this time has built a reputation in Broadway and her name resonates thru the air, reaching the right people even as she was yet again doing another production of Three Sisters, not even budging a stone's throw away from in Broadway. David Kelley, producer of the show that later on, Calista Flockhart would reach her dream with, had already heard wind of said actress'talent. But she wasn't too excited doing any TV at this point and with much encouragement and push from her friends and she went to the auditions, automatically bagging the lead role of Ally McBeal in a TV show of same namesake.
Calista Flockhart played the part perfectly and David E Kelley's intuition of her being the "AllyMcBeal" he envisioned was spot on. The show revolved around her character AllyMcbeal, a neurotic yet romantic, quircky lawyer in search of her own Mr. Right surrounded by equally neurotic characters. The show on it's initial run, recieved critical phrase and high ratings, proof of millions liking the show and that it wasn't really too far off, as quircky as they did get on some episodes.
At the 1998 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series Calista Flockhart won and also recieved the Q Award in the same category, that same year. She has been nominated an Emmy in 1998, a Golden Globe and People Choice Award in 1999 just to name a few recognitions the show and Calista FlockHart has received.