Calista Kay Flockhart (born November 11, 1964) is an Emmy Award-nominated, as well as Golden Globe-, Screen Actors Guild Award- and Theatre World Award winning American actress, primarily on soap operas and television. She is best known for playing the title character of Ally McBeal (1997–2002). She now plays Sally Field's feuding daughter, Kitty Walker, on the hit ABC drama, Brothers & Sisters.Flockhart was born in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Kay, a teacher of English, and Ronald Flockhart, an executive for Kraft Foods. She has one older brother, Gary. Her mother reversed her own first and middle names in naming her Calista Kay. (The name Calista comes from Greek kallista, meaning "most beautiful.") Because her father's job required the family to move often, Flockhart was raised with her brother in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, upstate New York, and New Jersey. As a child, she wrote a play called Toyland in which she performed to a small audience at a dinner party.