50 facts about Felicity Huffman, best known as Lynette Scavo ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives


Huffman won an Emmy Award, Obie and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Learn 50 facts about actress Felicity Huffman.

1. Huffman was born in Bedford, New York.

2. She was born into a wealthy family, the daughter of Grace Valle and Moore Peters Huffman.

3. Her father was a banker and partner at Morgan Stanley.

4. Her parents divorced a year after her birth.

5. She was raised mostly by her mother.

6. She has six sisters.

7. She also has a brother, Moore Jr.

8. In the 1970s her mother left New York and bought property in Snowmass, Colorado, where Felicity and her siblings spent their youth.

9. Her great-grandfather was Gershom Moore Peters, founder of the Peters Cartridge Company.

10. Her great-grandfather was also a prominent Baptist minister, author of the The Master.

11. Another great-grandfather, Frederick Berthold Ewing, graduated from Yale University and became a prominent St. Louis businessman.

12. Her great-great grandfather was Joseph Warren King, founder of the King Mills Powder Company.

13. She has German, English, Scots-Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian ancestry.

14. Huffman attended The Putney School, a private boarding high school in Putney, Vermont and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan in 1981.

15. She attended New York University, Circle in the Square and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

16. Her full name is Felicity Kendall Huffman.

17. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award.

18. She also has been nominated for five times for a Golden Globe Award and won one.

19. Won an Emmy Award, Obie and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

20. Huffman began her acting career in theatre and in 1990s also had many supporting roles in film and television.

21. She starred as executive producer Dana Whitaker in the critically acclaimed ABC comedy-drama Sports Night from 1998 to 2000.

22. For her role in Sports Night she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination.

23. She is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo in the long-running ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives, which has earned her an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

24. Huffman drew critical praise for her performance as a transgender woman in the independent film Transamerica.

25. Her role in Transamerica earned her a Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, National Board of Review, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

26. Huffman has also starred in such films as Reversal of Fortune, The Spanish Prisoner, Magnolia, Path to War, Georgia Rule, Phoebe in Wonderland, Rudderless and Cake.

27. She currently stars in the 2015 ABC crime drama, American Crime, for which she has received critical acclaim and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie nomination. Huffman is married to actor William H. Macy.

28. Huffman made her debut on stage in 1982 and in the 1980s and 1990s worked as a rule on stage productions.

29. In 1988, she debuted on Broadway in the role as Karen in David Mamet's play Speed the Plow.

30. In 1995, Huffman won Obie Award for her performance in the critically successful play The Cryptogram by David Mamet.

31. In 1999 she starred in the premiere of David Mamet's play Boston Marriage, about the daringly intimate relationship between two turn-of-the-century women, as well as in several other major theatrical productions.

32. In 2013, Huffman starred in the independent drama Rudderless, and in the adventure film Big Game opposite Samuel L. Jackson.

33. She also starred in another independent drama Stealing Cars, and was cast in the comedy film Zendog.

34. She appeared as Minnie, a Harvard law school student in the courtroom drama, Reversal of Fortune. Her other credits include 1992 thriller Quicksand: No Escape with Donald Sutherland and Tim Matheson, The Water Engine opposite William H. Macy, and supporting roles on The Heart of Justice, Hackers, Harrison: Cry of the City and The Underworld.

35. From 1998 to 2000, she portrayed Dana Whitaker in the critically acclaimed series Sports Night, for which she received several awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy.

36. During the 1990s, she appeared mostly in guest roles on such shows as The X-Files, Early Edition, Chicago Hope and Law & Order.

37. In April 2014 she was cast in independent film Cake opposite Jennifer Aniston.

38. Huffman debuted on the big screen in 1988 with a small role in the Mamet's film Things Change.

39. After a recurring role on the NBC sitcom Frasier, Huffman landed a leading role in an ABC comedy series Desperate Housewives, co-starring with Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, and Eva Longoria.

40. Huffman won an Emmy Award for her work on Desperate Housewives (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series) in 2005, as well as two 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards (Best Actress - Comedy Series and part of Best Ensemble - Comedy Series) in 2006 and received several other awards.

41. Huffman and her husband William H. Macy each received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2012.

42. Huffman says that after seeing her as Lynette Scavo on "Housewives" for eight years it's difficult for audiences to think of her as anything else. She says that's why she was eager for a role that's a distinctive departure.

43. After Desperate Housewives finale, Huffman reunited with playwright David Mamet in the comedy play November. The play debuted on September 26 and ended on November 4, 2012.

44. In 2012, she also appeared in the ensemble cast independent movie, Trust Me, opposite Clark Gregg.

45. Huffman married actor William H. Macy on September 6, 1997.

46. Huffman and Macy have two daughters, Sophia Grace and Georgia Grace.

47. She has appeared on television, in movies, and on stage many times with her husband.

48. In 2005, Huffman revealed that she had suffered from both anorexia and bulimia in her late teens and twenties.

49. Huffman is the co-author of the self-help book A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend.

50. On March 1, 2012, Huffman launched What The Flicka, a website dedicated to women and mothers where she is a regular contributor.

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