If you’re familiar with Star Wars lead actor, Harison Ford, and you’ve been upbeat with the recent developments about him, then the name “Calista Flockhart” shouldn’t give you a blank face. Calista Flockhart is an American actress who is famous for starring as the title character in the legal comedy-drama series Ally McBeal; which ran from 1997 to 2002. Her 30-year acting career has seen her scale the heights of the Hollywood cadre to clinch a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Emmy Award nominations. More than that, Flockhart is a mother, and the wife of the veteran Hollywood actor, Harison Ford. This piece includes her net worth and other interesting facts there is to know about her.
Calista Flockhart’s Age and Life Before She Became Famous
Calista Flockhart was born Calista Kay Flockhart in Freeport, Illinois, on November 11, 1964, to the family of Ronald Flockhart and Kay Calista. Her father, Ronald, worked as a Kraft Foods executive, while her mother, Kay, worked as an English teacher. She and her older brother, Gary was raised in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Norwich, New York. Why so many places, one could as? Well, if you had the job of a Kraft Foods executive like her father did, traveling frequently will be a no-brainer.
Growing up, Flockhart was a pretty smart kid. She wrote a play titled Toyland which she performed to a small audience at a dinner party. Flockhart attended Shawnee High School in Medford Township, New Jersey. After her graduation in 1983, she proceeded to the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey; where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre in 1988. She was one of the few students who successfully completed the program.
Years later, the university inducted Flockhart into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni in May 2003. A year after her graduation, she moved to New York City where she began pursuing auditions. At the time, she was working as a waitress and aerobics instructor to earn a living. She also shared a two-bedroom apartment with three other women until she left town in 1997.
Perhaps Calista Flockhart started her earnest walk to prominence when she made her first TV appearance as a babysitter in an episode of Guiding Light; in the spring of 1989.
Flockhart made her theatrical debut on the New York stage when she acted in Beside Herself alongside Melissa Joan Hart. In 1991, she appeared in the TV movie Darrow. She went on to star in several other movies including, Naked in New York (1993) and Getting In (1994). These roles, however, were majorly supportive roles. Her first “frontline” role in a film was in Quiz Show. Flockhart also appeared in the 1994 movie, The Glass Menagerie. She would go on to received a Clarence Derwent Award for her performance.
In 1997, Flockhart auditioned for and won the starring role in David E. Kelley’s Fox television series Ally McBeal. She went on to earn a Golden Globe Award for the role in 1998. Flockhart then starred as Kitty Walker, in the ABC series Brothers & Sisters. The series premiered in September 2006 but was canceled in May 2011. After a 3-year hiatus from acting, Flockhart resurfaced in 2015 as mob boss Ellen in the second season of Full Circle. In 2015, Flockhart appeared as Cat Grant in the TV series Supergirl. The series premiered on October 26, 2015, and aired on CBS for its first season. It was later moved The CW; to a sister network.
Calista Flockhart’s 30+ years in acting has translated into much fame, recognition, and of course, lots of bucks. Sources reveal that her net worth stands at $24 million. While $24 million isn’t small, it is quickly dwarfed by her husband’s $230 million fortune.
Details of Her Husband and Son
Calista Flockhart is married to veteran Hollywood actor, Harrison Ford. The duo first met at the Golden Globe Awards on January 20, 2002. After seven years of dating, they got engaged on Valentine’s Day of 2009 and got married on June 15, 2010; in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She came into the marriage with an adult son, Liam Flockhart whom she adopted. Liam was born on January 1, 2001, and was adopted the same year. Sources reveal that Flockhart met a pregnant mother back in October 2000, the mystery woman who already had four children agreed to let her have the baby. Flockhart was invited on New Year’s Eve to watch her give birth. She was reportedly taken to a small anteroom where she held the child for about two hours.
Before meeting Harrison Ford, Flockhart reportedly dated other notable men, among them Jon Bon Jovi, Sam Mendes, and Robert Downey Jr.
Other Facts About Harrison Ford’s Wife
She is Harrison Ford’s Third Wife
Calista Flockhart is not Ford’s first wife. He was first married to Mary Marquardt back in 1964. Together they had two sons, Benjamin and Willard. However, things fell apart in 1979 when the couple divorced. Harrison Ford later met his second wife, screenwriter, Melissa Mathison. In 1983, they were married in a courthouse in Santa Monica and had two kids, Malcolm and Georgia. However, they divorced in 2004; after a three-year separation. Melissa died of neuroendocrine cancer in 2015. She was 65.
Calista Flockhart has taken other roles beyond acting. Between 2004 and 2014, she served as the national spokesperson for Peace Over Violence.