Helen Hunt

     
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Real Name: Helen Hunt
Birthday: June 15, 1963
Place of Birth: Culver City, California

 

Biography And Filmography:

A pretty, bubbly blonde actress, Helen Hunt is the daughter of acting coach and director Gordon Hunt. Born in Culver City, California, she moved with her family to New York City for six years where she was introduced to the stage and theater. When her family returned to Los Angeles, she decided she wanted to be an actress. Helen Hunt's first role was in the television-movie "Pioneer Woman" (1973), as the daughter of Joanna Pettet. She was then hired and cast in her first role as a series regular playing the daughter of a policewoman on "Amy Prentiss" (1974). She continued playing daughters on ("Swiss Family Robinson" (1975), "It Takes Two" (1982), "The Fitzpatricks". 

Her lead performance in the CBS television-movie "Quarterback Princess" (1983) earned Hunt the attention she needed to jump-start her movie career. One of Hunt's first adult roles was as the girlfriend of Dr. Jack Morrison (David Morse) on the NBC drama "St. Elsewhere". She played the title role in "Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story" (1991) about a school teacher arrested along with her 15-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. Hunt gained some of her best reviews as Jamie Buchman in the  comedy series "Mad About You" (1992), co-starring with Paul Reiser as a couple facing the ups and downs of marriage.

On stage, Helen Hunt appeared off-Broadway in "Been Taken" (1985) and co-starred opposite Eric Stoltz as Emily Webb in a revival of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" (1989). She has appeared in the Los Angeles productions of "Vital Signs", "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Value of Names".


On the movie screen, Helen Hunt made her debut in "Rollercoaster" (1977), played Sarah Jessica Parker's crazy friend in "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (1985) and Kathleen Turner's teenaged daughter in Francis Ford Coppola's "Peggy Sue Got Married" starring Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey and Kathleen Turner (1986). Hunt brought energy to her role as an animal trainer in "Project X" (1987), and then played Patrick Swayze's wife in "Next of Kin" with Ben Stiller (1989), and then played a married editor of a writer injured in a climbing accident who becomes romantically involved with him in Neil Jimenez's "The Waterdance", featuring Wesley Snipes (1992). Also 1992, her "Quarterback Princess" co-star Tim Robbins directed her in a cameo in his political spoof "Bob Roberts" with Jack Black, and gained viewers as a smart mouthed young agent of Buddy Young Jr. in "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992). 

After a role as David Caruso's wife in Barbet Schroeder's "Kiss of Death" working with Samuel L. Jackson and Nicolas Cage (1995), Helen Hunt had a big hit with "Twister" (1996) as a scientist tracking tornadoes with her separated husband (Bill Paxton). She won a Best Actress Oscar for her role as a single mother and waitress who becomes romantically involved with Jack Nicholson's character in "As Good As It Gets" (1997). She was next cast as the leading lady in a number of films playing opposite Kevin Spacey, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson and Tom Hanks. In 2001, she starred next to Woody Allen in "Curse of the Jade Scorpion".

During 2008, Helen made a return to acting when she directed and starred in "Then She Found Me" starring Colin Firth, about a New York schoolteacher having a midlife crisis when, in quick succession, her husband leaves, her adoptive mother dies and her real one, an eccentric talk show host, materializes and turns her life upside down as she begins a courtship with the father of one of her students.

 

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