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Holly Hunter
Born March 20, 1958 (1958-03-20) (age 51)
Conyers, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actress / Producer
Years active 1981 – present
Spouse(s) Janusz Kamiński (1995-2001)
Domestic partner(s) Gordon MacDonald (2001-present) 2 children

Holly P. Hunter (born March 20, 1958) is an American actress. Her films include Raising Arizona, Broadcast News, Always, and The Piano for which she won several acting awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress. She stars in the cable television series Saving Grace.

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Early life and career

Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, the daughter of Opal Marguerite (née Catledge), a housewife, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a farmer and sporting-goods manufacturer's representative.[1] Hunter earned a degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, after which she moved to New York City and roomed with fellow actress Frances McDormand. Hunter in 2008 described living in The Bronx "at the end of the D [subway] train, just off 205th Street, on Bainbridge Avenue and Hull Avenue. It was very Irish, and then you could go just a few blocks away and hit major Italian".[2] A chance encounter with playwright Beth Henley, when the two were trapped alone in an elevator, led to Hunter's being cast in Henley's plays Crimes of the Heart (succeeding Mary Beth Hurt on Broadway), and Off-Broadway's The Miss Firecracker Contest. "It was like the beginning of 1982. It was on 49th Street between Broadway and Eighth [Avenue] [...] on the south side of the street", Hunter recalled in an interview. "[We were trapped] 10 minutes; not long. We actually had a nice conversation. It was just the two of us".[2]

When she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1982, Hunter shared a house with a group of people that included McDormand and director Sam Raimi, as well as future collaborators Joel and Ethan Coen.[citation needed].

Stage and film

Hunter made her screen debut in the 1981 horror movie The Burning. After moving to Los Angeles, California in 1982, Hunter appeared in TV movies before being cast in a supporting role in 1984's Swing Shift. That year, she had her first collaboration with the writing-directing-producing team of brothers Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, in Blood Simple, making an uncredited appearance as a voice on an answering-machine recording. More film and television work followed until 1987, when thanks to a starring role in the Coens' Raising Arizona and her Academy Award-nominated turn in Broadcast News, Hunter became a critically acclaimed star. She went on to the screen adaptation of Henley's Miss Firecracker; Steven Spielberg's Always, a romantic drama with Richard Dreyfuss; and the made-for-TV 1989 docudrama about the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade.

Following her second collaboration with Dreyfuss, in Once Around, Hunter garnered critical appreciation for her work in three 1993 films, two of which resulted in her being nominated for two Academy Awards the same year: Hunter's performance in The Firm won her a nomination as Best Supporting Actress, while her portrayal of a mute Scottish woman entangled in an adulterous affair with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion's The Piano won her the Best Actress award. Hunter went on to appear in films such as the comedy-drama Home for the Holidays and the thriller Copycat. Her work in David Cronenberg's Crash did win her strong notices,[citation needed], but it was swallowed by the controversies[citation needed] surrounding the film, and her appearance as a sardonic angel in A Life Less Ordinary suffered a similar fate.[citation needed] The following year, she played a recently divorced New Yorker in Richard LaGravenese's Living Out Loud; starring alongside Danny DeVito, Queen Latifah, and Martin Donovan, Hunter won positive reviews for her performance.[citation needed] Hunter rounded out the 1990s with a minor role in the independent drama Jesus' Son and as a housekeeper torn between a grieving widower and Kiefer Sutherland's drama Woman Wanted.

Emmy Award in 1989

Following a supporting role in the Coens' O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Hunter took top billing in the same year's television movie Harlan County War, an account of labor struggles among Kentucky coal-mine workers. Hunter would continue her small screen streak with a role in When Billie Beat Bobby, playing tennis pro Billie Jean King in the fact-based story of King's famed exhibition match with Bobby Riggs; and as narrator of Eco Challenge New Zealand before returning to film work with a minor role in the 2002 drama Moonlight Mile. The following year found Hunter drawing favorable reviews[citation needed] for her role in the otherwise critically maligned[citation needed] redemption drama Levity. Also in 2003, Hunter had a supporting role in the acclaimed[citation needed] film Thirteen for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.

In 2004, Hunter starred alongside Brittany Murphy in the romantic satire Little Black Book, and the same year lent her voice to the animated film The Incredibles as the voice of Helen Parr, a.k.a. the superheroine Elastigirl. In 2005, Hunter starred alongside Robin Williams in the black comedy-drama The Big White.

Hunter became an executive producer, and helped develop a starring vehicle for herself with the TNT cable-network drama Saving Grace, which premiered in July 2007. For her acting, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination, two Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and an Emmy Award nomination. On May 30, 2008 Hunter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life

For many years, Hunter was in a relationship with actor Arliss Howard. She was married to Polish cinematographer Janusz Kamiński from May 20, 1995 until their divorce on 21 December 2001. Since 2001, she has been in a relationship with American actor Gordon MacDonald, with whom she co-starred in Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats in a 2001 run at the San Jose Repertory Theater, and later in a 2004 West End production of the same play. In January 2006, Hunter's publicist announced that Hunter had given birth to the couple's twins at the age of 47;[3] Entertainment Weekly later reported that the twins were boys. In a 2009 interview, Hunter stated to TV Guide that she does not discuss the children with media.[4]

Hunter's cousin is Tim Salmon,[citation needed] former right fielder and designated hitter of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim major league baseball team.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1981 The Burning Sophie
1984 Swing Shift Jeannie
Blood Simple Helene Trend (voice only) uncredited
1987 Raising Arizona Edwina 'Ed' McDunnough
End of the Line Charlotte
A Gathering of Old Men Candy Marshall
Broadcast News Jane Craig Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Silver Bear for Best Actress - Berlin Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1989 Miss Firecracker Carnelle Scott
Animal Behavior Coral Grable
Always Dorinda Durston
1991 Once Around Renata Bella
1993 The Piano Ada McGrath Academy Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
The Firm Tammy Hemphill Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1995 Copycat M.J. Monahan
Home for the Holidays Claudia Larson
1996 Crash Helen Remington
1997 A Life Less Ordinary O'Reilly
1998 Living Out Loud Judith Moore Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1999 Jesus' Son Mira
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rebecca Weyman segment "Fantasies About Rebecca"
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Woman Wanted Emma Riley
Timecode Renee Fishbine, Executive
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Penny Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Down from the Mountain Herself documentary
2001 Festival in Cannes Herself Uncredited
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself documentary
Moonlight Mile Mona Camp
2003 Rock That Uke Narrator documentary
Levity Adele Easley
Thirteen Melanie Freeland Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress
2004 Little Black Book Barb Campbell-Dunn
The Incredibles Helen Parr/Elastigirl voice
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
2005 Nine Lives Sonia Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Cast
The Big White Margaret Barnell

Television

Year Film Role Notes
1989 Roe vs. Wade Ellen Russell/Jane Doe TV
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Wanda Holloway TV
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2000 Harlan County War Ruby Kincaid TV
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2002 When Billie Beat Bobby Billie Jean King TV
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2007 Saving Grace (TV series) Grace Hanadarko Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Actress - Drama Series (2007)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series (2008, 2009)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2007)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2007, 2008, 2009)

Other Media

Hunter's indistinguishable voice can be heard in recent Got Milk? commercials

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