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Before she gained overnight fame and endeared herself to millions as the provocative and controversial Ally McBeal, Calista Flockhart won critical praise for her work in the theater in both classic and contemporary roles. When she appeared on Broadway in Scott Elliots' production of The Three Sisters the New York Times said she was "smashing as the affected parvenu Natasha. As the other characters wither in time's grasp, this Natasha glows ever brighter with a frightening, cannibalistic aura." More recently Flockhart returned to the stage to star in bash, Neil LaBute's highly praised play, for which she received unanimous and unequivocal reviews. Newsweek magazine proclaimed, Flockhart is riveting and harrowing and declared her possibly the greatest actress of her generation.

Flockhart made her Broadway debut opposite Julie Harris in The Glass Menagerie, for which she received the Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Best New Talent Award. Additional New York theater credits include: Warren Leight's The Loop (which landed her the role of Gene Hackman's daughter in The Birdcage); Sophistry; Sons and Fathers (both opposite Ethan Hawke and written by Jonathan Marc Sherman); Wrong Turn at Lungfish (written and directed by Gary Marshall); All for One with Liev Schreiber and Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest.

Regionally, Ms. Flockhart was Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at The Hartford Stage; Cordelia in King Lear at The Actors Theater in Louisville; Irina in The Three Sisters at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and Emily in Our Town directed by the legendary Jose Quintero. Ms. Flockhart also appeared at the Williamstown Theater Festival and the Berkshire Theater Festival in plays such as Death Takes a Holiday opposite Christopher Reeve and Jitta's Atonement opposite Diane West.

One of the very few actors working successfully in film and theater as well as television, Calista Flockhart has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. Last year, Ms. Flockhart completed production on Rodrigo Garcia's Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her with Glenn Close and Cameron Diaz. Her additional movie credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, co-starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Everett; Drunks; The Birdcage, which received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble; and Telling Lies in America, scripted by Joe Esterhas and co-starring Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro.

Ally McBeal, created by David E. Kelley, marks Ms. Flockhart's debut in a network television series. In this sophisticated hybrid, she portrays Harvard graduate Ally McBeal, a woman who finds success inside the courtroom but fumbles outside in her pursuit of personal happiness. Calista Flockhart's ability to move effortlessly from farcical comedy to poignant drama has earned her a Golden Globe Award in 1997, a People's Choice Award in 1999 as well as nominations an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a People's Choice Award, a SAG Award, a TV Guide Award, and an American Comedy Award. She has also received several international awards for best actress in a television series.

Ms. Flockhart has recently been named the spokesperson for the V-Day youth initiative to help stop violence against young women worldwide. She also participated in a two-week benefit run of Eve Enslers' The Vagina Monologues in New York which contributed to the cause.

Bio courtesy Fox (01-Jan-2000)