Calista Kay Flockhart (born November 11, 1964 in Freeport, Illinois) is an American actress.

She is most well-known for her starring role as the temperamental lawyer in the 1997-2002 television show, Ally McBeal.

Calista Flockhart was born in Freeport, Illinois, to Kraft Food executive Ronald Flockhart, his English-teaching wife, Kay Calista and as a sibling to her older brother Gary Flockhart. Reversing her own first and second names, her mother named her Calista Kay. The name Calista means most beautiful in Greek.