Huffman with then husband William Healy, December 2007
February 2, 1965
|William Healy (1994-2011)|
Huffman was born in Santa Barbara, California, to Lorayne, a pre-school assistant director turned realtor, and Clifford Huffman, an attorney. She is the younger sister of actor Linus Huffman and automotive writer John Pearley Huffman, whose work often appears in Car and Driver magazine and The New York Times. She attended public schools in Santa Barbara (skipping the fourth grade) and graduated from the local San Marcos High School in June 1982. Huffman started performing in Santa Barbara's very active local theater community well before her teenage years. She also studied ballet at The Goleta School of Ballet and performed numerous classical ballets with the school's company.
Huffman first came to Broadway as a replacement cast member in the hit musical La Cage aux Folles (1985), and was quickly cast in Bob Fosse's Big Deal, to be followed by a Tony-Award nomination for her performance in The Will Rogers Follies (1991). In 2001, she played the role of Ulla in the original cast of the Broadway musical The Producers, by Mel Brooks. Huffman received the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the role.
She made her film debut in the film Hero (1992). She has since appeared in Space Marines (1996),Romance & Cigarettes and The Nanny Diaries. She also appeared in the 2010 film The Company Men. During 2003 and 2004, she produced, starred in and acted as production designer for the independent film Sunday on the Rocks directed by Joe Morton.
On television, she has had guest starring roles on programs such as Frasier, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Mad About You. She appeared as herself in several guest spots on the television series Curb Your Enthusiasm during 2004. The series' fourth season plot involved Larry David joining the cast of The Producers. Beginning in August 2005, Huffman took over for Kimberlin Brown as Dr. Paige Miller on One Life to Live. Her last episode aired on January 23, 2006. During 2011 and 2012, she has appeared in episodes of The Good Wife.
During July and August 2007, Huffman starred in the Off-Broadway play Surface to Air written by David Epstein and directed by James Naughton, in a rare dramatic part for the actress who usually appears on stage in musicals. In May 2009, she appeared in the new musical Pirates! in the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, production. She appeared alongside The Producers co-star Nathan Lane in The Nance which opened on Broadway on April 15, 2013. She was nominated for a 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for her work in that play. In 2014, she played a major role in the Off-Broadway rock musical Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter.
In July 2017 she directed City of Light, a musical by Gabrielle Wagner, Julie Weiner and Jan Roper at the SheNYC Summer Theater Festival.
|1992||Hero||Flight Attendant Leslie|
|1997||Space Marines||Dar Mullins|
|2004||Sunday on the Rocks||Gayle|
|2004||Billy's Dad Is a Fudge-Packer!||Billy's mother||Short film|
|2005||Romance & Cigarettes||Female dancer & singer|
|2006||Twenty Dollar Drinks||Betty||Short film|
|2007||Itty Bitty Titty Committee||Lola|
|2007||The Nanny Diaries||Divorcing mom|
|2010||The Company Men||Joanna|
|2012||Young(ish)||Middle-aged woman||Short film, completed|
|2013||Molly's Theory of Relativity||Natasha|
|1994||The George Carlin Show||Episode: "George Goes Too Far"|
|1995||Pig Sty||Rita||Episode: "Leap Into an Open Grave"|
|1995||Mad About You||Barking Woman||Episode: "Up in Smoke"|
|1996||Vows of Deception||Mary Jo||TV movie|
|1997||Columbo||Receptionist||Episode: "A Trace of Murder"|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Pamela Winters||Episode: "Cuba Libre"|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Cady Huffman||4 episodes|
|2004||Frasier||Amber Licious||Episode: "Detour"|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Penny Sterba||Episode: "The Abominable Showman"|
|2005-2006||One Life to Live||Dr. Paige Miller||TV series|
|2010||Submissions Only||Andrea Dodson||Episode: "Old Lace"|
|2011-2012||The Good Wife||Marina Vassel||4 episodes|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Maureen Manning||Episode: "Home Invasions"|
|2016-2017||Blue Bloods||Sheila Gormley||Episodes: "Mob Rules"|
& "Not Fade Away"
|2017-||After Forever||Lisa||4 episodes|
|1985||La Cage aux Folles||Angelique||Replacement|
|1986||Big Deal||Dancer||Understudy: Pearl|
|1991||The Will Rogers Follies||Ziegfeld's Favorite||1991 nominee: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical|
|1997||Steel Pier||Rita Racine / Shelby Stevens|
|1999||Dame Edna: The Royal Tour||The Gorgeous Ednaette #1||Replacement|
|2001-2003||The Producers||Ulla||2001 winner: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical|
|2006||Plain and Fancy||Ruth Winters||Musicals in Mufti, York Theatre Company|