at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Helen Elizabeth Hunt
June 15, 1963
Culver City, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Hank Azaria (1999–2000)|
|Domestic partner(s)||Matthew Carnahan (2001–present)|
Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an American actress, film director, and screenwriter. She starred in the sitcom Mad About You for seven years, before being cast in the romantic comedy As Good As It Gets, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Some of her other Hollywood credits include Twister, Cast Away, What Women Want and Pay It Forward. She made her directorial debut in 2008 with Then She Found Me.
Hunt was born in Culver City, California, the daughter of Jane Elizabeth (née Novis), a photographer, and Gordon Hunt, a film director and acting coach. Her uncle, Peter H. Hunt, is also a director, and her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Fries (née Anderson) was a voice coach. Hunt is of Jewish (from her paternal grandmother) and Methodist background. She spent part of her childhood in New York City and later attended the University of California at Los Angeles.
Hunt began working in the 1970s as a child actress. Her early roles included an appearance as Murray Slaughter's daughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, alongside Lindsay Wagner in an episode of The Bionic Woman, and a regular role in the television series The Swiss Family Robinson. She appeared as a marijuana-smoking classmate on an episode of The Facts of Life. She also appeared as a young woman who, while on PCP, jumps out of a second-story window in a 1982 after school special called Desperate Lives (a scene which she mocked during a Saturday Night Live monologue in 1994). In the mid-1980s, she had a recurring role on St. Elsewhere as Clancy Williams, girlfriend of Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison. She remains well known for one of her earliest roles as Jennie in Bill: On His Own, costarring Mickey Rooney.
In the 1990s, after the lead female role in the short-lived My Life and Times, Hunt became well-known to television audiences in Mad About You, winning Emmy Awards for her performance in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.
In 1998 Hunt won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Carol Connelly, a waitress and single mother who finds herself falling in love with Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive romance novelist played by Jack Nicholson in the movie As Good as It Gets. After winning the Academy Award she took time off from movie work to play Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center in New York City.
In 2000, Hunt returned to the screen in four films: Dr. T & the Women with Richard Gere, Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment, What Women Want with Mel Gibson, and Cast Away with Tom Hanks. In 2003, she returned to Broadway in Yasmina Reza's Life x 3. Hunt was also a final candidate for the role of "Clarice Starling" in Hannibal, after Jodie Foster decided not to reprise her Oscar winning role from The Silence of the Lambs. However, Hunt lost the role to Julianne Moore at the last minute. In 2006, Hunt appeared in a small role in the film Bobby.
Hunt dated actor Hank Azaria for five years, then was married to him from 1999 until 2000. She briefly dated fellow actor Kevin Spacey in 2000. She has been in a relationship with Matthew Carnahan since 2001 and they have a daughter, Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, born in 2004.
Helen Hunt has been recognized extensively in her career. In 1998 she became the second actress (after Liza Minnelli) to win a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and an Emmy Award in the same year (Helen Mirren subsequently did so in 2006) . Hunt was nominated for an Emmy Award for lead actress in a comedy seven years in a row, from 1993 through 1999, winning in the last four years.
|1974||Amy Prentiss||Jill Prentiss|
|1975||The Swiss Family Robinson||Helga|
|1982||It Takes Two||Lisa Quinn|
|1977||The Fitzpatricks||Kerry Gerardi|
|1978||The Bionic Woman||Princess Aura|
|1984-1986||St. Elsewhere||Clancy Williams|
|1991||My Life and Times||Rebecca Miller|
|1992-1999||Mad About You||Jamie Stemple Buchman||Emmy Award - 7 nominations (1993-1999), 4 wins (1996-1999)
Golden Globe - 6 nominations (1993 - 1998), 3 wins (1994, 1995, 1997); Screen Actors Guild Award - 1995
|2005||Empire Falls||Janine Roby|
|1973||Pioneer Woman||Sarah Sargeant||Made for TV|
|1975||Death Scream||Teila Rodriguez||Made for TV|
|All Together Now||Susan Lindsay||Made for TV|
|1976||Having Babies||Sharon McNamara||Made for TV|
|1977||The Spell||Kristina Matchett||Made for TV|
|1979||Transplant||Janice Hurley||Made for TV|
|1981||Child Bride of Short Creek||Naomi||Made for TV|
|CBS Afternoon Playhouse||Phoebe||I Think I'm Having a Baby|
|The Best Little Girl in the World||Made for TV|
|Angel Dusted||Lizzie Eaton||Made for TV|
|The Miracle of Kathy Miller||Kathy Miller||Made for TV|
|1982||Desperate Lives||Sandy Cameron||Made for TV|
|1983||Bill: On His Own||Jenny Wells||Made for TV|
|Quarterback Princess||Tami Maida||Made for TV|
|Choices of the Heart||Cathy||Made for TV|
|1984||Sweet Revenge||Debbie Markham||Made for TV|
|Waiting to Act||Tracy|
|Girls Just Want to Have Fun||Lynne Stone|
|Peggy Sue Got Married||Beth Bodell|
|1988||Shooter||Tracey||Made for TV|
|Miles from Home||Jennifer|
|Stealing Home||Hope Wyatt (adult and pregnant)|
|The Frog Prince||Princess Henrietta|
|1989||Incident at Dark River||Jesse McCandless||Made for TV|
|Next of Kin||Jessie Gates|
|1991||Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story||Pamela Smart||Made for TV|
|Trancers II||Lena Deth|
|Into the Badlands||Blossom||Made for TV|
|Only You||Clare Enfield|
|Mr. Saturday Night||Annie Wells|
|Bob Roberts||Rose Pondell|
|In the Company of Darkness||Gina Pulasky||Made for TV|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Bev Kilmartin|
|1996||Twister||Dr. Jo Harding (Adult)|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Carol Connelly||Academy Award for Best Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award
|1998||Twelfth Night||Made for TV|
|2000||Dr. T & the Women||Bree|
|What Women Want||Darcy McGuire|
|Pay It Forward||Arlene McKinney|
|Cast Away||Kelly Frears|
|2001||One Night at McCool's||Truck driver||scenes deleted|
|The Curse of the Jade Scorpion||Betty Ann Fitzgerald|
|2005||A Good Woman||Mrs. Erlynne|
|2007||Then She Found Me||April Epner||Also co-screenwriter, producer & director|
Hunt in 1994
Helen Elizabeth Hunt|
June 15, 1963
Culver City, California
|Spouse||Hank Azaria (1999-2000)|
Hunt has been given many awards in her career. In 1998 she became one of only two actresses (the other is Helen Mirren) to win a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and an Emmy Award in the same year. She is the only actress to win four consecutive Emmys and to win four Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
Golden Globe Award
Screen Actors Guild Award