Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman (2012)

Felicity Kendall Huffman (born December 9, 1962 in Bedford , New York ) is an American actress .


After attending high school, Huffman studied theater studies , where she graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts . In the same year she made her first film appearance in Things Change - More Luck than Mind . In the following years she was seen in several films. On television, Huffman has appeared on various television series , including the X-Files, The FBI's Scary Cases , Law & Order, and Frasier . For her role in Sports Night , Huffman was nominated for a Golden Globe Award . From 2004 to 2012 she appeared in the hit television series Desperate Housewives , in which she mimed the stressed housewife Lynette Scavo . In addition to her appearances in films and series, she is also active as an actress on Broadway .

In 2005, Huffman played the conservative transsexual Bree in Duncan Tucker's road movie Transamerica , who is about to undergo sex reassignment surgery. For this achievement she was honored with the Actor Award of the National Board of Review , the Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination in 2006.

As a voice actress , she was in two episodes of Kim Possible as Dr. Director to hear.

Huffman has been married to actor William H. Macy since 1997 , with whom she has two daughters (* 2000, * 2002). She was also the acting teacher for Jessica Alba .

On March 7, 2012, Huffman was honored with a television category star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard ); her husband William Macy received a star at the same time in the same place.

Bribery scandal

In March 2019, as part of the US university scandal , the Boston prosecutor accused her of paying a $ 15,000 bribe to improve her eldest daughter's SAT score for admission to an elite university. She was then arrested and released on bail of $ 250,000. In April 2019, Huffman admitted paying the sum to an "admissions advisor" who bribed the private school where the entrance exam was held to have a Harvard graduate correct her daughter's answers . Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, 250 hours of community service, and a fine of $ 30,000 in mid-September 2019. She started her sentence on October 15, 2019 and was released after ten days.


Years before the bribery scandal, Huffmann also bribed a school employee in her role as Lynette Scavo in the series Desperate Housewives to enable her child to be accepted. Even then, the total was $ 15,000.

Filmography (selection)

TV Shows


  • Felicity Huffman, Patricia Wolff: The Ideal Lover: What Women Want - A Basic Course for Men . Mosaic from Goldmann, ISBN 978-3-442-16946-7

Awards (selection)


Golden Globe Award


  • 2005: Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives ( Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher were also nominated )
  • 2007: Nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives
  • 2015: Nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie in American Crime
  • 2016: Nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie in American Crime
  • 2017: Nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie in American Crime

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2005 : Screen Actors Guild Award together with Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross in the category Best Acting Ensemble in a TV Series - Comedy in Desperate Housewives

Golden Satellite Awards

  • 2005 : Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress (Drama) as Bree in Transamerica
  • 2005: Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy / Musical) as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives

Web links

Commons : Felicity Huffman  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ORF at / Agencies red: Admission test for children: How US celebrities cheated on elite universities. March 13, 2019, accessed August 3, 2020 .
  2. Dorothea Hahn: Corruption at US elite universities: They cannot even row . In: The daily newspaper: taz . March 13, 2019, ISSN  0931-9085 ( taz.de [accessed on August 3, 2020]).
  3. MATTHEW ORMSETH, JOEL RUBIN: Felicity Huffman gets 14 days in prison in college admissions scandal. Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2019, accessed August 3, 2020 (American English).
  4. Current News - Domestic Abroad Economy Culture Sport - ARD Tagesschau. In: tagesschau.de. April 19, 2019, accessed August 3, 2020 .
  5. Kate Taylor: Felicity Huffman Sentenced to 14 Days Behind Bars in College Admissions Scandal. New York Times September 13, 2019.
  6. Felicity Huffman released from prison on 11th day of 14-day sentence. Retrieved January 9, 2020 .