The successful series Ally McBeal aired from 1997 until 2002 for a total of five seasons and 112 episodes. In the late nineties, the show collected many accolades, including two Emmys, three Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Award. But what are the stars of the show doing today?
Playing the lawyer "Ally McBeal" was THE big breakthrough for the young Calista Flockhart. In honor of her brilliant portrayal of the tough and eloquent "Ally McBeal", Calista Flockhart received a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a People’s Choice Award. She was one of the most popular TV stars of the late 1990's.
After Ally McBeal was cancelled, Flockhart was offered the part of "Susan Mayer" in Desperate Housewives, but she declined and Teri Hatcher got the role. In 2001, Flockhart then adopted a little boy, thus focusing on motherhood. Since 2002, the actress has been in a relationship with Harrison Ford and in 2010 this great Hollywood-couple finally walked down the aisle in Mexico. To the delight of her fans, Calista Flockhart made her TV comeback in 2006 by featuring on the series Brothers & Sisters and since 2015, she’s been starring in the CW hit show Supergirl.
You see the man in this photo? Yes, indeed it is Robert Downey Jr., who was seen as "Larry Paul" in the series. Between 2000 and 2002, the Iron Man actor played the attractive lover of the lawyer...
The gorgeous actress Lisa Nicole Carson played "Rennee Radick" in the cult series. "Radick" also was "Ally’s" flat mate, who appeared in a total of 91 episodes of the series.
After the success of Ally McBeal, Lisa Nicole Carson, unfortunately, did not get that much work as an actress for a while. Then, in 2012, Carson snatched a little part in the US series Harry‘s Law and made it back onto the small screen.
Vonda Shepard had numerous cameos in Ally McBeal. She not only excels at singing when appearing in the series but has also partly written the series‘ soundtrack as well and provided the title song for the show!
Since Ally McBeal was cancelled, Vonda Shepard mostly focuses on her music career. Her private life is pretty normal compared to other musicians. Since 2004 Vonda Shepard is married to the music producer Mitchel Froom.
Courtney Thorne-Smith played the part of "Georgia Thomas", the wife of "Billy Thomas" (Gil Bellows), "Ally’s" high school crush. This constellation of three naturally led to more than one cat fight. However, "Ally" and "Georgia" soon became friends.
Courtney Thorne-Smith is still an actress and her last TV appearance was in Two and a Half Men, playing "Alan Harper’s" (Jon Cryer) girlfriend. In her private life, Courtney is happily married to Roger Fishman.
Gil Bellows played "Billy Thomas", "Ally‘s" high school crush. It was a coincidence that "Ally" got a job at the law firm "Billy" worked at. Since "Billy’s" wife "Georgia" worked at the same firm, there were several disputes among the three characters at first. "Billy" eventually dies a tragic TV death…
After Ally McBeal, the native Canadian embodied several smaller parts in movies and TV-series. In his private life, Bellows has been married since 1994 and is the father of two gorgeous kids.
"Elaine Vassal", portrayed by Jane Krakowski, was "Ally’s" energetic, fun-loving secretary, providing a great atmosphere in the office. Moreover "Elaine" is pretty curious and always tells it how it is, leading to occasional disputes in the office…
In 2003, the actress has also been able to demonstrate her acting talent on stage when she appeared in the Broadway musical "Nine". Her awesome performance on stage even brought her a Tony Award, the Oscar of stage productions. Years later, the actress is still celebrating huge successes by starring in shows like 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Greg Germann played "Richard Fish", a partner at the law firm. Germann however not only acted in front of the camera for the series but also directed several episodes of Ally McBeal.
Greg Germann always was a TV actor and regularly featured on crime series like Law & Order or NCIS. Germann is married to Martha Champlin and is a son‘s father as well.
In the series, Portia De Rossi embodies the handsome and pretty smart top lawyer "Nelle Porter" who eventually drops the act of the "tough woman" and becomes nice and even likable further into the series.
Privately, Portia De Rossi fell in love with the talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Since August 2008, the two gorgeous women are happily married.
Peter MacNicol embodied the edgy lawyer "John Cage". In the series, "Cage" is closely connected to "Ally" as the two characters are close friends. For his outstanding performance in the series, Peter MacNicol was awarded an Emmy Award.
From 2005 until 2010, Peter MacNicol featured in the series Numb3rs and in 2011 he embodied "Dr. Robert Stark" in the ABC hit show Grey‘s Anatomy.
The gorgeous actress Lucy Liu appeared as the ferocious "Ling Woo" for a total of 72 episodes - from the start of the second season until the finale of Ally McBeal. In the series, "Ling Woo" is the best friend of "Nelle Porter" (Portia De Rossi).
After the Ally McBeal finale, Lucy Liu primarily focused on her feature career. The Asian beauty became known all over the world by starring in movies like Charlie‘s Angels, Kill Bill and Lucky Number Slevin. The series Elementary has been a huge success for her as well.