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Overview (3)

Born in Culver City, California, USA
Birth NameHelen Elizabeth Hunt
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Helen Hunt was born in Culver City, California. Her father was director and acting coach Gordon Hunt, and Helen started acting when she was a child. Her first role was in the TV movie Pioneer Woman (1973). She made many appearances in TV movies and shows for years and was cast in the sitcom It Takes Two (1982). She also appeared in feature films such as Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Project X (1987).

From 1992 to 1999, Hunt starred in the sitcom Mad About You (1992), winning four Emmy Awards for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She also found success in movies during this time. She starred in the film Twister (1996) and then won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in As Good as It Gets (1997). In 2000, she starred in Pay It Forward (2000), What Women Want (2000), and Cast Away (2000).

Hunt made her directorial debut with the film Then She Found Me (2007). She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress after her performance in The Sessions (2012).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Patrick Lin

Spouse (1)

Hank Azaria (17 July 1999 - 18 December 2000) ( divorced)

Trivia (31)

The daughter of Gordon Hunt (b. 1929) and Jane Elizabeth Novis (b. 1938), Helen Hunt is the stepdaughter of B.J. Ward and niece of Peter H. Hunt and Barbette Tweed. Maternal niece of James Novis (b. 1941) and Catherine Fries (b. 1961), a dancer. Maternal granddaughter of Edward Novis (1902-1944) and Dorothy Novis (1915-2011).

Hunt's paternal great-grandparents were Gustav Rothenberg (1857-1910; born in Germany) and Florence Scholle (1863-1949; born in California). Her paternal grandparents were George Hunt (1895-1996) and Helen (Rothenberg) Roberts (1899-1935). Her paternal grandmother was from a German Jewish family, while her three other grandparents were of English descent. Her maternal grandfather, Edward Norman Novis, was from St. Leonards, Hastings, England.
She and her Mad About You (1992) co-star, Paul Reiser, were both given $1,000,000 per episode salaries for the 1999 TV season.
Hunt was born and raised in Los Angeles County, graduated from Providence High School (Burbank, California), and, later, very briefly attended UCLA for one month before dropping out.
Celebrates Thanksgiving every year with Anthony Edwards.
Hunt did a guest voice role on "The Simpsons: Dumbbell Indemnity (1998)" as Moe's girlfriend, Renee; the voice of Moe is Hank Azaria, Helen's real-life husband at that time.
Got the role in Twister (1996) based on her performance in The Waterdance (1992).
One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. [1998]
Got the lead in As Good as It Gets (1997) after Holly Hunter turned it down.
After divorcing Hank Azaria, she moved to New York, intending to do theater work, especially William Shakespeare. [2000]
Hunt won four Emmys, four Golden Globes, a Blockbuster Award, two Screen Actors Guild awards, four American Comedy Awards, three Viewers for Quality Television Awards and an Oscar, along with other awards. She is only the second actress to win a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and an Emmy in the same calendar year. The first was Liza Minnelli in 1973.
Her best friend is Helen Slater.
Witnessed the World Trade Center attacks from the roof of her brand new New York apartment and decided to leave the city right away, but could not get a flight out. She booked a private jet at considerable expense and flew herself and her staff out of Connecticut three days later, the first day they allowed private jets to fly. [September 2001]
She appeared in four movies released in the year 2000. Two of them were in theaters at the same time during the end-of-the-year holiday season, and grossed over $150 million each: Cast Away (2000) and What Women Want (2000).
Beat Teri Hatcher for the role of Jamie Buchman in Mad About You (1992) at the final auditions.
She and her ex-husband, Hank Azaria, have both guest-starred on the TV show Friends (1994), though not in the same episode.
Frequents Hawaii, which she first visited when she was 14. Says, "It's where I feel right. I can write here, think, chill and get a clear head.".
Asked novelist Robert B. Parker to create a female private detective for her to play. The result was Parker's series of novels featuring Sunny Randall.
Was considered for the part of Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty (1999). However Annette Bening, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
Despite playing their daughter in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Hunt is just 9 years younger than Kathleen Turner and 1 year older than Nicolas Cage.
Gave birth to her only child at age 40 (daughter Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan) on May 13, 2004. The child's father is Hunt's then-partner, Matthew Carnahan. Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan was conceived via IVF treatment. "Makena Lei" means "many flowers of heaven." The baby's middle name, Gordon, is in honor of Hunt's father, Gordon Hunt. Hunt returned to work in 2006 in order to begin filming and directing Then She Found Me (2007).
Appearing at the Circle in the Square Theatre's production of Yasmina Reza's play, "Life (x) 3". [March 2003]
Received the Maui Film Festival's Stella Award at the 'Wailea Marriott' Ballroom on June 18, 2005. [June 2005]
Was the 113th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for As Good as It Gets (1997) at The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) on March 23, 1998.
Is one of 14 actresses to have won both the Best Actress Academy Award and the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe for the same performance; hers being for As Good as It Gets (1997). The others, in chronological order, are: Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday (1950), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Liza Minnelli for Cabaret (1972), Glenda Jackson for A Touch of Class (1973), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Cher for Moonstruck (1987), Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007), and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Is one of 15 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Gloria Grahame, Jo Van Fleet, Liza Minnelli, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Cher, Jodie Foster, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Marcia Gay Harden and Brie Larson.
Was up for the role of Tabitha Stephens on Bewitched (1964).
Former partner of Matthew Carnahan (2001-2017); 1 child.
She was responsible for suggesting Lou Richards to her father Gordon Hunt to voice Leader-1 in Challenge of the Gobots cartoon series.
Is one of 3 actresses to have won the Best Actress Oscar (hers being for As Good as It Gets (1997)) and the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy (hers being for Mad About You (1992)). The other actresses are Loretta Young and Shirley Booth.
Friends with Mindy Cohn.

Personal Quotes (8)

To tell you the truth, I don't have any expensive tastes. I'm just as happy going to a beach and sitting in the sun today as I was ten years ago. I wouldn't feel comfortable if I drove there in a Bentley convertible.
I'm not very sexy or glamorous! I have this girl next door kind of look and I have to do the best I can with that.
On a professional level, an Oscar means that your salary suddenly increases by a few million and you get offered a lot more movies which in the past you had to beg to have a chance to read for.
You're not in control of anything. You're not even like a painter, who can say "I'm just going to go into my studio and do my work, and if nobody wants to buy it, well, maybe they will when I'm dead". You can't even do that. You're waiting for somebody to hand you a part. You're in this wildly dependent position.
Not having incredible success for a long time probably helped. Of course some 20-year-old beautiful girl, who goes from barely acting to being on the cover [of magazines] ... that's going to be disorienting and confusing, and people can't really be surprised if they have a skewed perspective of their importance in the world, when everyone comes together and tells them they're the most important thing in the world, then hates them for believing it. I didn't go through that. So that was lucky.
I always used to say absolutely yes, and I didn't miss my childhood, because I was a child on the set, and often I was working with other kids. On the other hand, do I feel like I was too serious, like I had this vocation?
My no-good Hollywood liberalism, you mean? I don't know what the right thing to do is. All I know is that when it's a month before the election, and there are issues that mean so much to me, and someone says "Put your name and your face on this, it might help", I am moved and I say yes. Do I think it's a good thing for famous people to put their name and face on stuff? I don't know. When I stop and think about it, maybe, if I want to help, I should just put a baseball hat on, not use my face at all, and be one of the people on the march, write a letter to my congressman, and just be a citizen.
I don't like people to think they know me. It makes me queasy.

Salary (1)

Mad About You (1992) $1,000,000 per episode (last season)

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