Cady Huffman

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Cady Huffman
Cady Huffman with then husband William Healy, December 2007.jpg
Huffman with then husband William Healy, December 2007
Born Catherine Elizabeth Huffman
(1965-02-02) February 2, 1965 (age 52)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) William Healy (1994-2011)

Catherine Elizabeth “Cady” Huffman (born February 2, 1965) is a Tony Award-winning American actress.


Early life[edit]

Huffman was born in Santa Barbara, California, to Lorayne, a pre-school assistant director turned realtor, and Clifford Huffman, an attorney.[1] 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.

The Santa Barbara theater also produced such notable actors as Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards, Randolph Mantooth, Howard McGillin and Kathleen Wilhoite.


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) which stars Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis and Andy García. She has since appeared in Space Marines, Romance & Cigarettes and The Nanny Diaries. She also appeared in the 2010 film The Company Men alongside Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper.

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.

She is a regular food judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America, described by host Alton Brown as "the Kitty Carlisle" of the series.

During July and August 2007, Huffman starred in the off-Broadway play Surface to Air directed by James Naughton, 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 Boston in anticipation of a Broadway run. 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.

Personal life[edit]

Huffman married attorney and basketball coach William Healy in 1994; they divorced in 2010. They had no children.

She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Year Title Role Notes
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 Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny Diaries Divorcing Mom
2009 Dare Dr. Kolton
2010 Company Men, TheThe Company Men Joanna
2010 Choose Alice
2012 Young(ish) Middle Aged Woman Short film, completed
2013 Molly's Theory of Relativity Natasha Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1994 George Carlin Show, TheThe 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 Good Wife, TheThe 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"
Year Title Role Notes
1985 La Cage aux Folles Angelique Replacement
1986 Big Deal Dancer Understudy: Pearl
1991 Will Rogers Follies, TheThe 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 Producers, TheThe Producers Ulla 2001 winner – Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
2013 Nance, TheThe Nance Sylvie


  1. ^ "Cady Huffman Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 

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