TELEVISION: WOMAN OF THE YEAR

CONFUSED AND LOVABLE? OR A SIMPERING DRAG? TAKING SIDES ON FOX'S SURPRISING NEW HIT

One of the most difficult roles for a young actress is that of Laura in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. The shy, crippled girl at the center of the play, Laura is as fragile as the glass figurines of animals she collects. To portray her effectively, an actress must convey her vulnerability without making her seem pitiable and tiresome. On Broadway three years ago, Calista Flockhart, star of the new Fox hit Ally McBeal, gave a beautifully poised and tender performance as Laura, winning your heart and breaking it too. Now, as Ally McBeal, Flockhart faces a similar challenge: how to...

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