Holly Hunter

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Holly Hunter
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Born (1958-03-20) March 20, 1958 (age 56)
Conyers, Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University (B.A., Drama)
Occupation Actress, Producer
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Janusz Kamiński (1995–2001)
Partner(s) Gordon MacDonald (2001–present; 2 children)
Academy Awards
Best Actress
1993 The Piano
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1989 Roe vs. Wade
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1993 The Piano
BAFTA Awards
Best Actress in a Leading Role
1993 The Piano
Cannes Film Festival
Best Actress
1993 The Piano

Holly Hunter (born March 20, 1958) is an American actress. For her performance as Ada McGrath in The Piano (1993), Hunter received the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, and Cannes Best Actress Award, among others. She has also been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Broadcast News (1987), as well as the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in The Firm (1993) and Thirteen (2003). Hunter has also won two Emmy Awards from seven nominations.

Early life and career[edit]

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, and for a while performed in the theatre scene there, playing ingenue roles at City Theatre, then named the City Players.[2] She eventually 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."[3] 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."[3]

Stage and film[edit]

Hunter at the 2010 Metropolitan Opera opening night of Das Rheingold

Hunter made her film debut in the 1981 horror movie The Burning. After moving to Los Angeles 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 attention for her work in two 1993 films, resulting 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 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 star in films such as the comedy-drama Home for the Holidays and the thriller Copycat. She also appeared in David Cronenberg's Crash and as a sardonic angel in A Life Less Ordinary. 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 rounded out the 1990s with a minor role in the independent drama Jesus' Son and as a housekeeper torn between a grieving widower and his son in Kiefer Sutherland's drama Woman Wanted.

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 in the redemption drama Levity. Also in 2003, Hunter had the role of a mother named Melanie Freeland, whose daughter is troubled and going through the perils of being a teenager in the film Thirteen. The film was critically acclaimed along with Hunter and her co-stars and earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress 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 nominations, and an Emmy Award nomination. On May 30, 2008, Hunter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.[4] In April 2014, Hunter is cast in a role of a U.S. Senator for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Hunter is capable of hearing in her right ear but not her left ear, due to a childhood bout with the mumps, which sometimes leads to complications at work. Some scenes have to be altered from the script for her to use her right ear.[7]

Holly Hunter was married to Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan cinematographer Janusz Kamiński[8] from 1995 until 2001.

Hunter has been in a relationship with British actor Gordon MacDonald since 2001. The couple met in San Jose Repertory Theatre's production of playwright Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats, in which she played a woman abandoned by her lover of 14 years, played by MacDonald.[9] In January 2006, Hunter's publicist announced that Hunter had given birth to the couple's twin boys[9] Claude and Press.[10]

In a 2009 interview, Hunter said to TV Guide that she does not discuss her children with the media.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1981 The Burning Sophie
1984 Swing Shift Jeannie
1984 Blood Simple Helene Trend Voice role, uncredited
1987 Raising Arizona Edwina 'Ed' McDunnough
1987 End of the Line Charlotte Haney
1987 Gathering of Old Men, AA Gathering of Old Men Candy Marshall
1987 Broadcast News Jane Craig Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
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
Silver Bear for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1989 Miss Firecracker Carnelle Scott
1989 Animal Behavior Coral Grable
1989 Always Dorinda Durston
1991 Once Around Renata Bella
1993 Piano, TheThe Piano Ada McGrath Academy Award for Best Actress
Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
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
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress
1993 Firm, TheThe 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 Special Mention Award at the Festival du Film Policier de Cognac (shared with Sigourney Weaver)
1995 Home for the Holidays Claudia Larson
1996 Crash Helen Remington
1997 Life Less Ordinary, AA Life Less Ordinary O'Reilly
1998 Living Out Loud Judith Moore Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture
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 Woman Wanted Emma Riley
2000 Timecode Renee Fishbine, Executive
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Penny Wharvey McGill Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rebecca Waynon
2001 Festival in Cannes Herself Uncredited
2002 Moonlight Mile Mona Camp
2003 Levity Adele Easley
2003 Thirteen Melanie Freeland Bronze Leopard for Best Actress
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
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 — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth 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 — Prism Award for Best Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film
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 — Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004 Little Black Book Barb Campbell-Dunn
2004 Incredibles, TheThe Incredibles Helen Parr/Elastigirl Voice role
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
2005 Nine Lives Sonia Bronze Leopard Award for Best Actress (shared with the film's ensemble of actresses)
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Cast
2005 Big White, TheThe Big White Margaret Barnell
2012 Won't Back Down Evelyn Riske
2012 Jackie Jackie
2013 Paradise Mrs. Mannerhelm
2015 Untitled Terrence Malick Project
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice U.S. Senator

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1989 Roe vs. Wade Ellen Russell/Jane Doe Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Wanda Holloway CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2000 Harlan County War Ruby Kincaid Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rebecca Weyman Segment – "Fantasies About Rebecca"
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2002 When Billie Beat Bobby Billie Jean King Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2007 – 2010 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 (2007–2009)
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (2008)
Nominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Drama Diva (2009)
Nominated — Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode (2008)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2008)
2013 Top of the Lake (Miniseries) GJ Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2013 Bonnie & Clyde (Miniseries) Emma Parker

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holly Hunter Biography (1958–)
  2. ^ Conner, Lynne (2007). Pittsburgh In Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. University of Pittsburgh Press. pg. 247. ISBN 978-0-8229-4330-3. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
  3. ^ a b "Fast Chat: Holly Hunter" Newsday July 13, 2008[dead link]
  4. ^ Lucy Awards, past recipients WIF web site
  5. ^ "Superman/Batman: Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto join cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  6. ^ Begley, Chris (June 17, 2014). "Exclusive: Lex Luthor’s hairstyle in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ revealed". Batman on Film. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Schlöndorff, Volker: "A Gathering of Old Men", Extras on German DVD by Arthaus
  8. ^ "Holly Hunter has twins at 47". The Telegraph. January 19, 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Twins for Oscar Winner Holly Hunter" January 18, 2006, People
  10. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2008/01/10/holly-hunter
  11. ^ SAG Awards 2009 - Holly Hunter on YouTube

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