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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 June 1963Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameHelen Elizabeth Hunt
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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

Spouse (2)

Hank Azaria (17 July 1999 - 18 December 2000) (divorced)
Matthew Carnahan (20?? - present) (1 child)

Trivia (39)

Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California.
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.
Attended UCLA for 1 month.
Celebrates Thanksgiving every year with Anthony Edwards.
Did a guest voice on "The Simpsons: Dumbbell Indemnity (1998)" as Moe's girlfriend, Renee. The voice of Moe is Hank Azaria, Helen's real-life love at that time.
Got the role in Twister (1996) based on her performance in The Waterdance (1992).
Daughter of Gordon Hunt (b. 1929) and Jane Elizabeth Novis (b 1938).
One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.
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.
Has 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.
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).
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.
Gave birth to her only child at age 40, a daughter Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan on May 13, 2004. Child's father is her partner, Matthew Carnahan.
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.
Her daughter, Makena Lei, was named after a friend's dream. The name means "many flowers of heaven." The baby's middle name, Gordon, is in honor of Helen's father, Gordon Hunt.
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.
Stepdaughter of B.J. Ward.
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.
Conceived her daughter Makena Lei through IVF treatment.
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 4 months pregnant with her daughter Makena Lei when she completed filming A Good Woman (2004).
Returned to work 2 years after giving birth to her daughter Makena Lei to begin filming and directing Then She Found Me (2007).
Helen's paternal grandmother was from a German Jewish family, while Helen's other grandparents were of English descent. Helen's maternal grandfather, Edward Norman Novis, was from St. Leonards, Hastings, Sussex, England.
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.
Maternal granddaughter of Edward Novis (1902-1944) and Dorothy Novis (1915-2011).
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).
Maternal niece of James Novis (b. 1941) and Catherine Fries (b. 1961), a dancer.
Is one of 14 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 and Marcia Gay Harden.
Paternal granddaughter of George Hunt (1895-1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Helen (Rothenberg) Roberts (1899-1935), born in New York City, New York.
Paternal great granddaughter of Gustav Rothenberg (1857-1910), born in Germany, and Florence Scholle (1863-1949), born in California.

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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