Calista Flockhart

  1. Marcia Cross, Melrose Place, TV, 1992-1997.  Calista, Courteney Cox,  Julianna Marguilies and Sherry Stringfield were in the mix for Dr Kimberly Shaw – among the hot young adults living in a West Hollywood  apartment complex on this new branch of Beverly Hills 90210.  All five soon had bigger hits: Cox in Friends, of course; Cross among the Desperate Housewives; Flockhart as the unforgettable Ally McBeal; while Margulies and Stringfield  joined ER.
  2. Courtney Love, The People vs Larry Flynt, 1997.   Just not trashy enough.
  3. Cameron Diaz, My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997. Too busy Telling Lies In America with Kevin Bacon.  
  4. Parker Posey, Lake Placid, 1998. The new sitcom rave – as Ally McBeal, 1997-2002-   was, too busy with A Midsummer Night’s Dream to join   even her TV boss and mentor, David Kelley.
  5. Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives, TV, 2004-2008.  Creator Marc Cherry  insisted on auditions for every role. But his A List choices for Susan Mayer –  Calista,  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mary-Louise Parker  – refused such readings.  After her famous Ally McBeal, 1997-2002, Calista won a second hit series with Brothers & Sisters, 2006-2008.


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