Lynette Scavo

Lynette Scavo

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Lynette Scavo (née Lindquist) is a fictional character on the series Desperate Housewives. The character is playedby actress Felicity Huffman, who won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the role in 2005, and was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for 2005 to 2007.

While show creator Marc Cherry based Bree Van de Kamp's family on his teenage years, he based Lynette's on his childhood life. Other actresses who claim to have auditioned for the show include Alex Kingston, who was apparently turned down for being too curvy.


Lynette is the eldest of three daughters. After their father's death, their mother had a series of unpleasent and unstable boyfriends, but finally married Glenn Wingfield, whom Lynette adored. After a short time, Glenn left, and Lynette blamed her mother for driving him away for a long time.

She graduated from Northwestern University. In season one it is learned that she met Tom when they worked together in Advertising. However in season seven it is learned that they met while in college. They married and moved to Wisteria Lane. Lynette has five children with Tom and is always willing to do what is best for her family.

Lynette is the only of the four main housewives not to divorce during the series.

Season One

As the series begins, Lynette is near to breaking...
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