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Calista Flockhart

Calista is best known for her role on the comedy series "Ally McBeal." Born on November 11, 1964, in Freeport, Illinois, Flockhart -- whose first name means "most beautiful" in Greek -- was raised as the daughter of a schoolteacher mother and a Krafts Food executive father. Because of her father's job, the family moved frequently, spending time in Iowa, Minnesota, and New York before settling in New Jersey. Flockhart, whose mother sparked her interest in theatre by taking her to theatre productions during high school, studied drama as a student at Rutgers University. After graduating, she headed to Manhattan to begin her professional stage career. After enduring years of relative poverty and sustained obscurity, the actress got her big break when she was chosen to play Laura in the 1994 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. Her portrayal won her both a Theatre World Award and the attention of Hollywood casting agents, and that same year she made her film debut with a bit part in Quiz Show -- and had a more substantial role in Getting In, a black comedy directed by a then-unknown Doug Liman. In 1996, Flockhart moved into slightly more mainstream territory when she appeared as the fiancée of Robin Williams' son in The Birdcage; more recognition came her way the following year when she earned strong reviews for her performance as Natasha in a production of Chekov's The Three Sisters.

1997 proved to be a watershed year for Flockhart; in addition to rave stage reviews and a substantial role in the Kevin Bacon vehicle Telling Lies in America, she was cast as the star of Ally McBeal. The show turned out to be a sleeper hit, and Flockhart's titular Boston lawyer became an instantly recognizable name in the pop cultural lexicon. The actress' heightened exposure was reflected both in numerous magazine articles about her and in her star billing in Michael Hoffman's 1998 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which included Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, and Christian Bale amongst its other illustrious cast members.

Two years later, still immersed in Ally McBeal popularity and endless media scrutiny about her weight (Flockhart's thinness has stirred rumors in an industry infamous for its emphasis on being thin), the actress headlined the ensemble cast of Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her. A film composed of four vignettes, it featured Flockhart as the lover of a terminally ill woman (Valeria Golino), and included Holly Hunter, Amy Brenneman, Cameron Diaz, Glenn Close, and Gregory Hines amongst its accomplished players.

More fun facts about Calista Flockhart

The name "Kallista" means "most beautiful" in Greek. "Callista" (her spelling "Calista") is an Anglicization.

Graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 1988, with a BFA in theatre

One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People [1998]

Graduated Shawnee High School in Medford, NJ. While there she was a cheerleader and was active in the student council. [1983]

Named after her great-grandmother

Calista's Mother, Kay, was a high school English Teacher. Her father, Ronald, was an executive at Kraft Foods. She has one older brother, Gary.

13 December 2000 - Calista collapsed on the set of her TV show, _"Ally McBeal" (1997). It was announced she suffered from dehydration and exhaustion and had nothing to with her thinness, that many have attributed to bulemia.

Adopted a baby boy she named Liam. [11 January 2001]

Dated director Sam Mendes in the late spring and summer of 1999.

Had a dog called Webster. He was her best friend until he died.

Engaged (2002) to Harrison Ford.

One of the nine Rutgers alumni who are inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni on 3rd May, 2003.


Ford Dumps Flockhart – In Garbage Can

Hollywood legend Harrison Ford stunned onlookers in the Spanish city of Barcelona when he attempted to dump his girlfriend Calista Flockhart in a waste disposal bin. Indiana Jones star Ford and his Ally McBeal actress lover engaged in the high jinx as they made their way back to their hotel, following dinner at a restaurant in the city, where Flockhart is filming upcoming movie Fragile. An onlooker, who witnessed 62-year-old Ford's bizarre stunt, says, "They were laughing and joking like a young couple in love. She was squealing and begging him to put her down, but he kept saying he was going to put her in the bin. Harrison was showing off like a crazy teenager rather than a guy approaching his pension."

Ford and Flockhart To Split?

Hollywood couple Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart are on the verge of splitting up after the Indiana Jones star's cold response to news Flockhart's dog had died, according to insiders. Ally McBeal star Flockhart was taken aback by Ford's lack of compassion when mongrel terrier Webster died, even though his mother had passed away just weeks before. An insider says, "Harrison doesn't think losing a dog is a big deal, but it is causing all sorts of problems because Webster was essentially Calista's best friend. She can see why Harrison is really upset at the death of his mother, but she doesn't think that should detract from her own grief. She told me she thinks he doesn't care. Harrison is so down he can't even think about anything else, he thinks Calista is being too dramatic." The cracks in their three year relationship started to appear after 62-year-old Ford had to pay out a $90 million divorce settlement to ex-wife Melissa Mathison in January and was pictured soon afterwards dancing in a tequila bar in Mexico with two women.

Ford in Biggest Divorce Settlement

Movie star Harrison Ford has reportedly paid his ex-wife a whopping $85 million in a record-breaking divorce settlement. The agreement between the Star Wars star and ex-spouse Melissa Mathison breaks new ground, and leaves the actor free to marry Calista Flockhart. According to British newspaper The Mail On Sunday, the deal not only divides assets the couple shared, but it also entitles Mathison to get back future earnings from films Ford made while they were together. Ford, 61, did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement with his wife and has agreed to split earnings from the royalties, videos and DVDs from films including Air Force One and the Indiana Jones trilogy. Mathison, 53, will also keep all earnings from her screenplay for Steven Spielberg's ET, which she wrote before she wed Ford.

Harrison and Flockhart "Extremely Happy"

Hollywood couple Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart have laughed off reports of a split - insisting they are "extremely happy." The Indiana Jones star was snapped with two women in a Baja Peninsula, California bar at the weekend, and sources claim the 61-year-old actor told his female companions his relationship was "on the rocks". However, Harrison's manager Patricia McQueeney counters, "I talked to Harrison, and he said they're together, in fact, they're extremely happy together. The blonde woman in the picture was the owner of the restaurant, and the other woman was a fan who asked for a picture. He agreed. But now he's disgusted."

Ford and Flockhart "On the Rocks"

Movie star Harrison Ford has revealed his relationship with Calista Flockhart is "on the rocks", during a drunken night out in Mexico. The Indiana Jones star, 61, was presumed to be pressing ahead with wedding plans with the former Ally McBeal star, 39, after the finalization of his divorce from ex-wife Melissa Mathison last week. But, after downing at least five tequilas with beer chasers and dancing and flirting with local women in a bar in San Felipe, Baja California, the "drunk and bewildered" actor told revelers of his two-year relationship with Flockhart, "It's on the rocks". Locals were stunned to find themselves in the company of the normally reclusive star, after he flew himself in on his own private jet and stayed in a local hotel.

Harrison Single Again

Latest: Harrison Ford is free to wed sweetheart Calista Flockhart at last - after officially becoming a bachelor. The actor has finalized his divorce from screenwriter Melissa Mathison Ford - a final decree in the uncontested divorce was entered on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A spokeswoman for the 61-year-old star confirmed that the divorce was final but had no further comment. The couple, who met on the set of the film Apocalypse Now in 1979 and wed in 1983, announced their separation in November 2000 and legally separated the following August. Mathison has custody of their two children Malcolm and Georgia.

Calista Takes to the West End

Calista Flockhart is close to signing a deal to star in a play on London's West End. The former Ally McBeal, who is currently dating Harrison Ford, will take the lead in a production of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna Christie from early next year. Anna Christie, which will be directed Ian Rickson, is about a Swedish woman sent away by her barge-captain father as a child, only to return 20 years later. Production spokesperson Sonia Friedman says, "We are in final negotiations and we're very close to doing this deal." Before finding fame in Ally McBeal, Flockhart came from a theatre background, starring in Broadway, New York plays The Three Sisters, The Glass Menagerie and Bash.

Harrison To Work With Calista?

Unemployed former Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart is hoping to land a new acting job - opposite her famous boyfriend Harrison Ford. The skinny star, whose hit comedy finished earlier this year, has been dating the veteran actor since meeting at the Golden Globes in January. Speaking at the German premiere of his new film K-19: The Widowmaker in Cologne, Harrison said he would like to act alongside his lover, "But there are no set plans as yet."

Harrison Wants To Be Father to Calista's Child

Harrison Ford wants to become a father again at 60, according to US gossip magazine The National Enquirer. The Star Wars legend is currently dating Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart, and wants to become the legal dad of her adopted son Liam. But, the tabloid claims, Flockhart is caught in a dilemma over whether to agree in case the relationship doesn't work out in the long term. A source says, "On one hand, Calista would love for Liam to call Harry 'daddy'. But what if their romance doesn't work out in the long run? Liam would suffer, and that's the last thing she would ever want to happen." The pair, who began dating in January, have been talking about marriage since April. The source adds, "Calista has never been happier. She loves how much attention Harrison has been giving Liam. Harrison would be the perfect dad, probably because he's had so much experience." Ford has two sons - Ben, 35, and Will, 33 - by first wife Mary Marquardt, and a son Malcolm, 15, and daughter Georgia, 12, by second wife Melissa Mathison. He would need to finalize his divorce from Mathison before embarking on any marriage plans with Flockhart.

Ford Buys Snap of Himself for Calista

Hollywood veteran Harrison Ford bought a snap of himself from a autograph hunter - so he could give it to his adoring girlfriend Calista Flockhart. When a fan approached the star as he was strolling with the Ally McBeal actress in Los Angeles Ford recognized the picture as one Calista wanted for herself - so snapped it up for $112. An eyewitness says, "Calista was positively beaming and couldn't believe what he'd done. The fan seemed happy too."

Flockhart To Join Ford in Indiana Jones?

Actress Calista Flockhart is apparently planning to team up with boyfriend Harrison Ford in the next Indiana Jones movie. Filming on Indiana Jones 4 is due to begin in May 2004, with the film looking more adult than its 1980s predecessors. A source says, "Harrison Ford had only one demand when he was approached about doing a fourth Indiana Jones movie - that Calista be written into the new movie. Luckily, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas loved the idea. They think Calista will be a perfect romantic interest for Indiana." And having the ex-Ally McBeal star on board solved one problem for the filmmakers. The source says, "The Indy team had no idea what to do with Indy for the fourth movie. Bringing Calista on board gave them inspiration and they dreamed up the whole story in just a few hours. Getting Calista into the movie was the kick-in-the-pants the guys needed."

Flockhart Dates Ford For His 'Talent And Brains'

Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart is dating Indiana Jones hunk Harrison Ford for his "talent and brains". The super-thin star has been enjoying a romance with the movie icon for the past few months - and is happy with her love life, and the opportunities presented to her by the cancellation of her American TV legal comedy-drama. She says, "Dating is hard for everybody, I look for talent, brains, a good-hearted person. That guy sounds perfect. I am sorry to see Ally McBeal end, but I'm excited about the future."

Harrison Ford's Freebie

Indiana Jones hero Harrison Ford may be a millionaire, but he still likes to save cash wherever possible. Ford, who has been dating Calista Flockhart since meeting her at this year's Golden Globe Awards, recently saved $10 on a book, thanks to a crafty little trick. Ford walked into a New York branch of Barnes & Noble book store to look up a restaurant rating in a Zagat's Survey - without buying the book. After finding the eatery's address, he and Flockhart left empty-handed. Publisher Tim Zagat says, "If I had his address, I'd send him a copy."

Flockhart And Ford Flock Together

Calista Flockhart's relationship with Harrison Ford is so serious, the Ally McBeal actress has demanded bosses rewrite her script so she can spend more time with her beau. According to Us Weekly, sources at Fox - the TV network that makes the hit legal show - say the diminutive screen beauty has insisted on alterations to her schedule so she can be wined and dined by Ford at her leisure. One source explains, "She specifically asked that her part be written so that she would appear in only the first few scenes of the show and that they taped in three days, so she could spend time with Harrison." Calista, 37, was arm in arm with 59-year-old Ford at a party for the recent Golden Globes, where the separated star was awarded a lifetime achievement statue.

Calista Flockhart Makes Post Ally Life Plans

Calista Flockhart is emotionally preparing herself for the end of her hit TV show Ally McBeal. The skinny star admits she's making plans for a life without playing the legal eagle. She says, "It's going to take some adjusting when the show actually ends, I'm sure. I'm preparing myself already. I keep a journal and I write down details of the few bad days so my memory can't become convenient and erase all the bad times. Now I can look back and say, 'See, not every day was perfect'. Memories can trick you." And she's already thinking about moving with her baby son Liam to a new home in the Caribbean. She says, "A lot of my friends ask me if I'll move back to New York when the show ends. I'm pretty certain I won't. I like the nature aspects of Los Angeles it seems more conductive to bringing up a child. But I still miss the theatre in New York. Maybe I'll just find a community theatre in the Caribbean and move there. Aruba Rep perhaps."

Calista Piles On The Pounds

Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart has silenced the critics who said she was too skinny - by piling on the pounds and showing off a curvy new figure. TV bosses had become concerned when the wafer-thin star collapsed on the set of the hit TV series two years ago. But friends say that her relationship with Larry Sanders star Garry Shandling and being a mom to 10-month-old son Liam has settled her down. A friend of the sexy actress said, "Calista is a new woman - physically and mentally."

Rumors Made Me Look So Ill, Says Ally Star

Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart has revealed how speculation over her weight has affected her health. The TV lawyer has been subject of constant speculation about her weight and a possible eating disorder - but she insists the constant pressure and reports were far more of a strain on her than lack of food. She says, "They were false and there was no way I could control them. It also became self-fulfilling in that they made me unhappy, and being unhappy makes you look unhealthy. It was not a good time."

Calista Flockhart Was Always A Light Eater

A dinner date with Calista Flockhart has always stuck in the memory of a British Broadcasting Corporation executive - because she only ate one pea. The BBC's new head of radio drama, Gordon House, had the good fortune to take the Ally McBeal actress out to dinner before she shot to TV stardom in the hit legal drama. He recalls, "We were doing a radio drama - a World Service and Radio 3 production of The Glass Menagerie with L.A. Theaterworks. After we recorded it I took the cast out to dinner and sat next to her. She was terribly thin even then - I think she ate just one pea."

Calista's Son Changed Her Life

Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart's adoption of baby son Liam was the best thing she ever did. The actress took on the child earlier this year and insists it has made her more tolerant. She says, "It really changes who you are. It changes your heart. It's made me tolerant of things I wasn't tolerant of before. It's a miracle. I am in love with my child in a way that I have truly never been in love before. I can't explain it, but it's something that I am really happy that I didn't miss. I worry about being a single parent, and I worry about all the issues you have when you have a child."

Flockhart's Outrageous Fortunes

Actress Calista Flockhart has become a tarot card reader - but not all her friends are pleased by the news she's telling. The Ally McBeal star took several days to learn how to read cards for her part as a fortune-teller who cares for her dying lesbian companion in the Showtime movie Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her. By the time the cameras started rolling, Flockhart was actually telling fortunes for some of her fellow cast members, including Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter and Glenn Close. Director Rodrigo Garcia says, "She really got into reading the cards, but not everyone wants to hear about the future. After all, it's not always good news."

Calista Collapses Over Co-Star's Carelessness

Calista Flockhart fainted when David E. Kelley told her that her friend Robert Downey Jr. had been arrested for drugs again. Kelley, producer of Ally McBeal -- the show that Calista and Downey Jr. star in -- called Flockhart into his office to tell her the bad news, before she slumped down onto the floor. A source says, "Everyone ran over and tried to revive her. David's face was pale but Calista, who is usually very pale, was as white as a sheet." The actress, who recently adopted baby boy Liam, sobbed as she said, "I can't believe this happened again." Friends of Calista's fear that she is too kind and trusting a person to deal with Downey Jr.'s behavior. A close pal says, "She has invested a lot of time and emotion on Robert. When he was arrested last year in Palm Springs for drug possession, he told her it was a set up of some sort. None of us really bought that, but Calista is so trusting she believed him," the friend continues. "She's the type who always brought home the bird with the broken wing, hoping to fix everything and make it right. She really thought she could make a difference. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case here."

Calista Flockhart In Lesbian Clinch

Calista Flockhart (photos) is getting her act together on screen - with another woman. Flockhart's character, a lesbian fortune teller, has a love affair with Italian actress Valeria Golino (photos) in her new film Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000). The "women's issues" movie also stars Glenn Close (photos) and Cameron Diaz (photos) and is directed by Rodrigo Garcia. It has already opened in France, played the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, and is set to be released in the UK in January. Serbian-born Valeria had no hesitation about her bedroom sex scenes with Flockhart in their segment of the five story saga titled "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine". She says, "It was in the script and the writing was excellent. Calista is a real professional. This isn't about being turned on, this is about love. But I think we did the best we could to make it real. We had to show how much we cared for each other."

Calista Knocks The Fame Game

Calista Flockhart hates being famous - and wished she had never taken up acting. Ultra-slim Calista, who has been plagued with rumours of anorexia, thinks people are misinformed about life in the limelight and says she wouldn't wish the negative side of fame on her worst enemy. She says, "I never wanted to be famous - it's just not what you think. "Walking down the street and being recognized is not even remotely fun. I don't think anybody who knows what being famous is would ever want to be famous." However Calista, whose notorious role as a lawyer has led to a number of film parts, says that there are some advantages to being a celebrity. She adds, "I've learned that you can make a difference in the world if you use your fame in the right way. I have some power and people will listen and pay attention, so I can raise awareness of things that I'm passionate about."

Calista Flockhart's Breast Troubles

Calista Flockhart has pinpointed the reason why her critics brand her too skinny - because her breasts are small. The ultra-thin actress feels that if her chesty blessings were more ample, she would not be knocked for her slight build. She says, "I have an extremely healthy appetite. I know that people say I'm wasting away, but they really don't need to worry. I'm not saying they're not seeing what they're seeing. If I did, it would indicate I'm nuts. I'm just saying it's normal weight fluctuation. A lot of people have said, 'Urghhh! You're skinny!' as if they're disgusted by it. But nobody would walk up to someone who's overweight and say, 'Urghhh! You're so fat!' But you know what? It's only that I'm relatively flat-chested, that people find my body peculiar. If I had big boobs, none of this would have happened - I'm convinced. I'm actually very happy with the way I look. I feel sexy."

Calista Flockhart: Hard Times Before Fame

ALLY MCBEAL star Calista Flockhart is on top of the world with her hit TV show - but it was a difficult path to the top. The 35-year- old actress lived the life of a starving artist, but never gave up on her dream of becoming a household name. She says, "At one point I was only eating cans of ravioli that my brother sent me. I was often on the verge of being thrown out of my apartment because I couldn't afford to pay the rent. But each time I landed a role right at the last minute. For me, that was a sign from above pushing me to not abandon my dream."

Calista Flockhart Falls In Love And Eats Well

Waif-like actress Calista Flockhart's appetite has vastly improved since she fell in love with Garry Shandling. Flockhart and Shandling, the former star of the HBO sitcom "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992-1998), originally had a brief affair over two years ago. But they got back together recently - and the blossoming relationship is helping notoriously slim Flockhart pile on the pounds. A source says, "Calista is a completely different person now that she has a man. She laughs a lot, she is always clowning around and most importantly she is eating loads." Flockhart recently persuaded her bosses on "Ally McBeal" (1997) to write her new boyfriend into the hit drama show. But Shandling felt his character was far too much like him and backed out. The source adds, "Once he read the script, neurotic Garry backed out. He whined to Calista that the guy in the script was so much like him that it was scary. "He ended up telling her to forget the whole thing because he didn't want to play a guy like himself."

Calista's Irish Moniker?

Actress Calista Flockhart inherited her unusual first name from an Irish saint - or a Greek bear. The Ally McBeal star says she's not certain of the origins of her first name, which was passed down to her from her great-grandmother, but she has a few ideas. She says, "Where my great-granny got it from is still a family mystery. I think technically it's Greek but we believe that my great grandmother was named after an Irish Catholic saint. Between you and me I'd rather believe the Irish explanation than the Greek one because, in the Greek myth, Calista was turned into a bear for having an indiscretion with Zeus and why that would appeal to great-grandma is anyone's guess."

Calista Flockhart: "Britain Makes Me Stink"

Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart doesn't like visiting Britain because the rainy weather leaves her smelling like a wet dog. The waif-like actress discovered the uncomfortable truth when stranded in a storm on a recent trip to London. She told talk show host David Letterman that although she liked London, the weather put a real damper on things. She said, "It was great but it rained every day that I was there." When Letterman asked, "It's supposed to rain in London, was it misty and romantic?", Flockhart replied, "It was cold and damp. Do you know what happens in London when it rains? You start to smell. It's true - you start to smell like a wet dog because what happens is you go out and you're all happy because you're in London, then it rains. And you don't have an umbrella, because I'm an American, so then it's sunny but you're wet and you smell."

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