Felicity Huffman hasn't always had fame and fortune to deal with
on a daily basis. There were many lean years of unemployment and bad auditions.
Flicka, as she was known to family and close friends,
grew up the youngest of eight in Woody Creek, Colo., raised by her single mom,
Grace. She grew up a happy, if not loud child, graduating high school in
1981 from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Mich., where
she majored in theater. At age 15 she got her first paying job on a TV after-school
Her real thespian training came when Felicity moved
to New York and began some low-paying stage roles. She met playwright David
Mamet who became an integral part of her life; in fact, Huffman is still a key
member of Mamet's Atlantic Theater Company. It was also during her Mamet
stage years that Felicity met actor William H. Macy. The couple stayed together
15 years before their marriage in 1997. Their happy union has produced two
daughters, Sofia Grace and Georgia Grace, both named in honor of Huffman's mom.
At 43, Felicity, which means "happiness,"
has a full, busy and happy life. While Huffman
and Macy have worked together often on TV, in
movies and on the stage, Felicity is reveling
in her burgeoning career beginning with the hit
"Desperate Housewives." She won
an Emmy for her portrayal of harried Lynette,
and garnered two Golden Globe nominations last
year for "Housewives" and one for her
movie "Transamerica," in which she portrayed
a transsexual. She also just penned a best-selling
book, "A Practical Guide For The Boyfriend:
For Every Guy Who Wants To Be One/Every Girl Who
Wants To Build One." In May she was
on the big screen alongside Jane Fonda and Lindsay
Lohan in "Georgia Rules."
Despite how busy she has become, Felicity Huffman
is clearly enjoying the ride.
How are you handling fame now with "Desperate Housewives" and a busy
I think I'm handling it pretty well and I'm not as hounded as the rest of the
women are. I just go from my home door to work and back home. And I have
to say, it's such a relief to know I'm going to have a job for a couple of years. I
have gone for years without working so I'm not kidding that I'm grateful for the
fame because I have a job.