She has one older brother, Gary. Her mother reversed her own first and middle names in naming her Calista Kay. As a child, she wrote a play called Toyland which she performed to a small audience at a dinner party. While there, she attended a specialized and competitive class, lasting from 6: In her sophomore year at Rutgers, Flockhart met aspiring actress Jane Krakowski , the best friend of her roommate.
Later, they both would work together on Ally McBeal. People began recognizing Flockhart's acting ability when William Esper Mason Gross' theatre director and Flockhart's acting teacher made an exception to policy by allowing Flockhart to perform on the main stage. Though this venue usually is reserved for juniors and seniors, Harold Scott insisted that Flockhart perform there in his production of William Inge 's Picnic.
Flockhart graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre in as one of the few students who successfully completed the course. Rutgers inducted her into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on May 3, She would remain in the city until Early career[ edit ] In spring , Flockhart made her first television appearance in a minor role in an episode of Guiding Light as a babysitter. Two years later, Flockhart appeared in the television movie Darrow. Though she later appeared in films Naked in New York and Getting In , her first substantial speaking part in a film was in Quiz Show , directed by Robert Redford.
Actress Julie Harris felt Flockhart should be hired without further auditions, claiming that she seemed ideal for the part. In , Flockhart became acquainted with actors such as Dianne Wiest and Faye Dunaway when she appeared in the movie Drunks.
Later that year, Flockhart starred in Jane Doe as a drug addict. Throughout that year, she continued to work on Broadway, playing the role of Natasha in Anton Chekhov 's Three Sisters. Kelley 's Fox television series Ally McBeal. Kelley, having heard of Flockhart, wanted her to audition for the contract part. Though Flockhart at first hesitated due to the necessary commitment to the show in a negotiable contract, she was swayed by the script and traveled to Los Angeles to audition for the part, which she won.
She earned a Golden Globe Award for the role in Flockhart also appeared on the June 29, , cover of Time magazine,  placed as the newest iteration in the evolution of feminism , relating to the ongoing debate about the role depicted by her character. The show was cancelled in May after running for five years. Flockhart's character was significant throughout the series' first four years, but her appearances were reduced for the — season, coinciding with the departure of TV husband Rob Lowe.
Latter-Day Plays , later accompanying Eve Ensler to Kenya in order to protest violence against women, particularly female genital mutilation. In the same year, Flockhart travelled to Spain for the filming of Fragile , which premiered in September at the Venice Film Festival.
She was offered the role of Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives but declined, and the role later went to Teri Hatcher. It was expected to air in In , Flockhart was cast in the television series Supergirl as Cat Grant , a "self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo" and boss to Kara Supergirl's alter ego.
Flockhart remained with the show albeit as a recurring character , despite her previous aversion to working outside Los Angeles. However, many have commented that Flockhart had become dangerously thin, particularly when the actress made red carpet appearances in clothing that revealed an emaciated physique.
She had maintained throughout the run of Ally McBeal that she was never diagnosed with either anorexia or bulimia , nor was she a user of illegal drugs. She did remark, however, that while starring in the show, she refrained from eating sweets, retaining her slimness with intense workouts and running.