Helen Hunt Biography
Sun Sign: Gemini
Also Known As: Helen Elizabeth Hunt
Born in: Culver City
Famous as: American actress
Spouse/Ex-: Hank Azaria
father: Gordon Hunt
mother: Jane Elizabeth
children: Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan
U.S. State: California
education: Providence High School, Burbank, University of California at Los Angeles
Helen Hunt is an actress made famous by her role in the television sitcom ‘Mad about You’ in which she played a newly married public relations specialist. Acting comes naturally to the talented lady whose father was a film director and acting coach. Her acting career started when she was a child; one of her earliest roles was a minor part in the sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’. She also appeared regularly on the television series ‘The Swiss Family Robinson’. After making several appearances as a child artist, she got her first leading role in ‘My Life and Times’, a short-lived drama series that aired on ABC. Her portrayal of Jamie Buchman on ‘Mad about You’ not only won her an Emmy Award, but also earned her several other prestigious awards and nominations. Even though the skilled actress was already appearing in films, the role in the series helped her bag more substantial movie roles. She starred in the disaster drama movie ‘Twister’ along with Bill Paxton which went on become one of the topmost grossers of the year and established her reputation as a serious film actress. Her Academy Award win for ‘As Good as it Gets’ catapulted the actress to Hollywood’s A-List, the place she rightfully belongs to.
- Helen Hunt was born to Gordon Hunt and his photographer wife, Jane. Her father was an acting coach and theater director. She is of mixed descent.
- She became familiar with the theater from a young age because of her father’s profession and regularly attended plays as a child.
- She made her film debut as a child artist in television movie ‘Pioneer Woman’ in 1973.
- All through the 1970-80’s she appeared in various television series, television films, and feature films in minor roles. As a teenager she appeared in several television series like ‘The Swiss Family Robinson’ (1975-76) and ‘It takes two’ (1982-83).
- As a young woman, she was cast in a recurring role in the medical drama ‘St. Elsewhere’ as Clancy Williams during the 1984-86 seasons.
- Her big television break happened when she was offered the role of Jamie Buchman, a newly wed woman, in the NBC sitcom ‘Mad About You’ in 1992. The highly popular show ran till 1999.
- The success of ‘Mad About You’ ensured that the actress got noticed for her vast talents. After playing minor roles in films so far, she was being offered more substantial roles. She played Dr. Jo Harding in the disaster drama film ‘Twister’ in 1996 which became a huge commercial hit.
- Her role of Carol Connelly in the 1997 romcom ‘As Good as it Gets’ in which she plays a single mother in love with a complicated man earned her several awards and nominations.
- Even though a versatile actress, she seems to have a penchant for comedies as is suggested by her choice of roles. She played the female lead Darcy McGuire opposite Mel Gibson in the 2000 romcom ‘What Women Want’.
- She acted in Woody Allen’s crime comedy ‘The Curse of the Jade Scorpion’ in 2001 which also featured Elizabeth Berkley, Charlize Theron and Wallace Shawn. The film received mixed reviews but garnered a cult following.
- In the 2006 American drama film ‘Bobby’ she played Samantha, a campaign donor. The film was a fictionalized account of the shooting of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
- She turned screenwriter, director and producer in 2007 with the comedy drama ‘And Then She Found Me’ in which her character April finds herself entangled in a variety of family problems simultaneously.
- One of her most poignant roles came in ‘The Sessions’, a 2012 film about the disabled poet Mark O’Brien and his experience with a sex surrogate. She was critically appreciated for her role.
- Her claim to fame was the television series ‘Mad About You’ in which she played Jamie Buchman. She won numerous awards for this show and it also paved the way for a highly successful Hollywood career as well.
- She gave one of her finest performance in the romcom ‘As Good as it Gets’ for which she earned several awards including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
- She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the role of Carol Connelly in ‘As Good as it Gets’ (1997).
- She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series four times in a row from 1996 to 1999 for her portrayal of Jamie Buchman in NBC’s ‘Mad About You’.
- She was presented The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy thrice (1994, 1995, and 1997) for the character Jamie Buchman in ‘Mad About You’.
- She had a very brief marriage with actor Hank Azaria that hardly lasted a couple of years.
- She is currently in a relationship with director/producer Matthew Carnahan with whom she has one daughter.
- She is the only actress to have won a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and an Emmy Award in the same year, 1998.
- She enrolled at The University of California, Los Angeles but quit after just a month.
- She was listed as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998.
Helen Hunt Movies
1. Cast Away (2000)
(Adventure, Romance, Drama)
2. As Good as It Gets (1997)
(Romance, Drama, Comedy)
3. Pay It Forward (2000)
4. Soul Surfer (2011)
(Biography, Family, Drama, Sport)
5. The Sessions (2012)
(Biography, Romance, Drama, Comedy)
6. Bobby (2006)
(History, Drama, Biography)
7. The Waterdance (1992)
8. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
(Comedy, Mystery, Crime, Romance)
|1998||Best Actress in a Leading Role||As Good as It Gets (1997)|
|1998||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical||As Good as It Gets (1997)|
|1997||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Mad About You (1992)|
|1995||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Mad About You (1992)|
|1994||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Mad About You (1992)|
|1999||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Mad About You (1992)|
|1998||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Mad About You (1992)|
|1997||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Mad About You (1992)|
|1996||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Mad About You (1992)|
|1999||Favorite Female Television Performer||Winner|
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