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In September 1997, upon its release Ally McBeal On Fox, Calista Flockhart has become an international star. Up to that date, he had only starred in several Off-Broadway stage productions and occasional minor roles, both on television and on the big screen. However, despite the good audience data that the fiction created by David E. Kelley has garnered – especially its first four seasons – many voices have been vicious with the actress for reasons as varied as her extreme thinness or, for example, playing a histrionic single lover of miniskirts.

On June 29, 1998, five months after she won the Golden Globe for Best Comedic Actress for a Television Series, newsstands across America woke up to a controversial cover from Time magazine. It featured the heads of Susan B. Anthony, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, in black and white, accompanied by that of Calista Flockhart – not Ally McBeal – in color. In the title was a question: “Is feminism dead?”.

“Much of feminism has turned into silliness. And for that, it has powerful support: a popular culture that insists on offering images of single adult women as outdated, self-absorbed girls,” wrote then columnist Ginia Bellafante. He added: “The series, for the few who may have missed it, centers on a 28-year-old Ivy League attorney from Boston who never seems to need the body-hiding clothes that the climate Northeast often requires. Ally spends much of her time fantasizing about her ex-boyfriend, who is married and in the office next door, and manages to reference her broken love life in nearly every speech. It is under attack in supermarkets because there are very few boxes of Pringles. When do you work, how do you keep your job, why do you think it’s okay to ask your secretary why she didn’t give you a birthday present…? These are all mysteries.”

Calista Flockhart in “Ally McBeal”.

Curiously, the actress never defended herself against these criticisms. Who spoke about it was Ken Olin, executive producer of five brothersthe series with which she returns to television after Ally McBeal. “Wherever it appears, for whatever reason, it’s a lightning rod for the media, scrutiny and some form of resentment. It must have been hard on her. It hurt her feelings. When you’re considered like an icon and that you embody things that annoy a lot of people, like a man-hungry, neurotic woman who pushes back smart, liberated women, people tease you. The character of Ally McBeal represented something that she is not”, he verbalized in Los Angeles Times.

Flockhart did not publicly respond to his critics because he had something more important in mind: in early 2001, a year before Fox canceled Ally McBeal, adopted a newborn baby named Liam. Indeed, if he did not stop receiving interesting job offers, he waited five years to appear in front of the cameras: his priority was his baby. She only agreed to play Republican Kitty Walker in five brotherswhen they guaranteed that he wouldn’t have to move from Los Angeles and that he would shoot, at most, two or three days a week.

“Certainly, I missed acting. But I loved being a mother,” she confided in 2006 to CinemaBlend how to reconcile personal and professional life. “As any mother can tell you, you stay home with a two-year-old 24 hours a day, your brain fills with porridge and you start wishing you were working. And then, when you work, you unfortunately wish to be at home. It’s a difficult dilemma that I now understand.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, one of Hollywood’s most stable and enduring couples. Photo: Getty

Similarly, Flockhart was also asked about his relationship with Harrison Ford. Ever since they met at the 2002 Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, many tabloids doubted theirs would work. The reason? Their age difference. ” That does not bother me. Sometimes I even say, ‘Wow, I always forget he’s 22 years older than me.’ It doesn’t affect our relationship in any way. I love how it looks in the morning. He’s not handsome, he’s kinda cute. He looks like a little boy,” he said Good morning! Magazine in 2003. The bad omens never came true: In 2010, they married in Santa Fe, in an informal ceremony in which he wore Wrangler jeans and she a modest white dress, and they are today one of the strongest and most durable couples today. of Hollywood.

The last time the actress took part in a feature film was in 2005. Specifically, in the supernatural thriller brittle, directed by the Catalan Jaume Balagueró. And, as far as television is concerned, he once concluded five brotherswe barely saw it in two chapters of Web therapy -in 2014-, the second season of full circle -in 2015- and in super girl. In the latter, her involvement dwindled considerably: since the show stopped filming in California and moved to Vancouver to cut costs, Flockhart only lent herself to being away from her family in the second season. This is the reason why from the third to the sixth he appeared in a few episodes.

Flockhart’s resurgence, however, is a reality. That same year, taking advantage of the fact that her son entered university and left the family nest, she performed at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, a new version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Additionally, it has been confirmed that next year we will be able to see her play Jackie Kennedy’s sister Lee Radziwill in the long-awaited second season of Quarrel, the series created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam. On the verge of turning 58, the actress who denies social networks – she has no active account – and puts her loved ones before fame, has everything to shine again.