Calista Flockhart Filmography Error

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According to the current Filmography for Calista Flockhart, she had a part in Guiding Light (the TV Series 12 years before she was born!

Someone might want to investigate this.

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Pearmoth: This is an issue that stems from the fact that IMDB didn't always have full episode support for television series, and the episodes of "Guiding Light" on which Calista Flockhart appeared have not yet been identified to IMDb.

Back in the day, all television series were listed in a person's IMDb filmography by the start year of the series, regardless of when the person appeared on the show. So, for example, Julianne Moore (born 1960) and Meg Ryan (born 1961) had as the oldest entry on their filmographies "As the World Turns" (1956), listed under the 1950s decade, even though they personally didn't appear on the show until the 1980s and weren't alive during the 1950s.

Now, however, every episode of a television series can have a separate title page with the specific cast of that episode listed, and a television series is listed in a person's filmography under the most recent year in which the person appeared in an episode of the series.

However, that only works well if, indeed, the person has been listed in IMDb within the cast of specific episodes of the show. All IMDb currently knows about Calista Flockhart's role in "Guiding Light" is that she played Elise in 1989, but no specific episodes for her have been identified. So her "Guiding Light" role has been relegated to being listed under the series' debut year.

If even one specific episode of "Guiding Light" that Flockhart appeared in is added to the database and she gets listed in IMDb in the cast of that episode, then "Guiding Light" will be listed in her filmography under a more appropriate year.

I hope this helps.