Bonnie Lynn Hunt
September 22, 1961
(m. 1988; div. 2006)
Bonnie Lynn Hunt (born September 22, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, writer and television host. Her film roles include Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
Hunt has done voice work in A Bug's Life, Zootopia, and the Monsters, Inc., Cars, and Toy Story franchises. She starred in Grand and Davis Rules, as well as creating, producing, writing, and starring in The Building, Bonnie, and Life with Bonnie. From 2008 to 2010, she hosted The Bonnie Hunt Show.
Bonnie Lynn Hunt was born on September 22, 1961, in Chicago, to Robert Edward Hunt, an electrician, and Alice E. Hunt (née Jatczak), a homemaker. Her father was of Irish and Belgian ancestry and her mother is of Polish descent. She has three older brothers named Patrick, Kevin, and Tom, two older sisters named Cathy and Carol, and a younger sister named Mary. She was educated in Catholic schools, attending St. Ferdinand Grammar School and Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago, and worked part-time as a nurse's aide.
In 1982, Hunt worked as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In 1984, she co-founded an improvisational comedy troupe called An Impulsive Thing. Hunt also performed as a member of Chicago's world-famous the Second City, joining in 1986.
In 1990, Hunt portrayed Carol Anne Smithson in Grand. She refused to become a cast member of Saturday Night Live because the series' producers generally frowned on her preferred improvisational style. In 1992, she was offered the part of B. J. Poteet, a replacement for Julia Duffy, on Designing Women. Instead, she chose to co-star in Davis Rules.
In 1993, Hunt teamed with good friend David Letterman to produce The Building. The series was also filmed live; mistakes, accidents, and forgotten lines were often left in the aired episode. In 1995, Hunt and Letterman reteamed for The Bonnie Hunt Show (later retitled Bonnie), which featured many of the same cast members as The Building and the same loose style. The show was praised by critics but was canceled after 11 of the 13 episodes produced were aired. In 2002, Hunt returned to television with Life with Bonnie. Her role on the series earned her a 2004 Emmy nomination (which was her first). Despite fair ratings, the series was canceled in its second season. Hunt announced on Live with Regis and Kelly that ABC had offered her another sitcom, in which she would have portrayed a divorced detective. This pilot titled Let Go (also known as Crimes and Dating) was not picked up for the fall 2006 schedule.
She directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in Return to Me. It was filmed in her Chicago neighborhood and included bit parts for a number of her relatives. The film, which received a positive reception from critics, was largely influenced by Hunt's blue-collar Catholic upbringing in Chicago.
Hunt portrayed Alice Newton in Beethoven and Beethoven's 2nd, Sarah Whittle/Madam Serena in Jumanji, and Kate Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She portrayed the sister of Renée Zellweger's character in Jerry Maguire and Jan Edgecomb in The Green Mile. She portrayed Grace Bellamy in Loggerheads. She has provided her voice for a total of eight Pixar films: A Bug's Life as Rosie, Monsters, Inc. as Ms. Flint, Cars, Cars 2, and Cars 3 as Sally Carrera, Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 as Dolly, and Monsters University as Karen Graves. In addition, Hunt voiced Bonnie Hopps in the Walt Disney Animation Studios' film, Zootopia, which marked her first non-Pixar animated film.
The Bonnie Hunt Show
In 2007, Hunt taped a pilot episode for Telepictures. The pilot was approved and the talk show was created. The Bonnie Hunt Show premiered on Monday, September 8, 2008. The set design was a tribute to Dean Martin and on the walls are pictures of historic television personalities, as well as Hunt's family members. The series was inspired by the format of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the host and guests often interacting with the audience. Many of the series' staffers were longtime friends of Hunt's from Chicago. The series typically started with an opening monologue followed by guest interviews and games played with the audience. Hunt's mother Alice often appeared in webcasts from her home in Chicago. The Bonnie Hunt Show taped in Culver City, California, and was viewed in 17 of the top 20 US television markets in the United States. In its first year, The Bonnie Hunt Show was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards, for opening theme, hairstyle, and makeup. It won the Gracie Award for "Outstanding Talk Show" in 2009. In 2010, Hunt was nominated for "Outstanding Talk Show Host" at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The final episode aired on May 26, 2010.
In 1988, Hunt married investment banker John Murphy. During her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on June 6, 2006, she mentioned that she was single again, implying that she and Murphy had divorced. They had no children during the span of their marriage.
Hunt's hometown is Chicago, Illinois. She is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having not missed an opening day at Wrigley Field since 1977. She was in attendance in Cleveland, along with fellow Cubs fans Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray and John Cusack, for the Cubs' historic Game 7 victory during the 2016 World Series.
|1988||Rain Man||Sally Dibbs|
|1993||Dave||White House Tour Guide|
|Beethoven's 2nd||Alice Newton|
|1994||Only You||Kate Corvatch|
|1995||Now and Then||Mrs. DeWitt|
|1996||Getting Away with Murder||Gail Holland|
|Jerry Maguire||Laurel Boyd|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Rosie (voice)|
|Kissing a Fool||Linda Streicher|
|1999||Random Hearts||Wendy Judd|
|The Green Mile||Jan Edgecomb|
|2000||Return to Me||Megan Dayton||Also director and writer|
|2001||Monsters, Inc.||Ms. Flint (voice)|
|2002||Stolen Summer||Margaret O'Malley||Limited release|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||Kate Baker|
|2005||Cheaper by the Dozen 2||Kate Baker|
|2006||I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||Stella Lewis|
|Cars||Sally Carrera (voice)|
|2010||Toy Story 3||Dolly (voice)|
|2011||Hawaiian Vacation||Dolly (voice)||Short film|
|Cars 2||Sally Carrera (voice)|
|2013||Monsters University||Karen Graves (voice)|
|2016||Zootopia||Bonnie Hopps (voice)|
|2017||Cars 3||Sally Carrera (voice)|
|2019||Toy Story 4||Dolly (voice)|
|2021||The Ultimate Playlist of Noise||Dr. Lubinsky|
|1984||American Playhouse||Foxtrot Dancer||Episode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"|
|1990||Grand||Carol Anne Smithson||Main role (26 episodes)|
|1991–92||Davis Rules||Gwen Davis||Main role (18 episodes)|
|1993||The Building||Bonnie Kennedy||Lead role (5 episodes); also creator, executive producer, writer|
|1995–96||Bonnie||Bonnie Kelly||Also producer, writer|
|1997||Wheel of Fortune||Herself||Played alongside her mother Alice|
|2002–04||Life with Bonnie||Bonnie Molloy||Also creator, director, executive producer|
|2008–10||The Bonnie Hunt Show||Herself / Host||Also executive producer, writer|
|2010||The Life & Times of Tim||Gabe's Mother (voice)||2 episodes|
|2013–2018||Sofia the First||Aunt Tilly (voice)||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2013||Call Me Crazy: A Five Film||–||TV film; Director of "Eddie"|
|2014||Cars Toons: Tales From Radiator Springs||Sally Carrera (voice)||3 episodes|
|2018||Escape at Dannemora||Catherine Leahy Scott||Miniseries (7 episodes)|
|2019||Forky Asks A Question||Dolly (voice)||Episode: "What Is a Leader?"|
|2021||Monsters at Work||Ms. Flint (voice)||6 episodes|
|1998||A Bug’s Life||Rosie|
|2010||Toy Story 3: The Video Game||Dolly|
Theme park attractions
|2012–present||Radiator Springs Racers||Sally Carrera|
Awards and nominations
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- "Bonnie Hunt Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- Bonnie Hunt, host; Jared Padalecki, guest (February 10, 2009). "Episode". The Bonnie Hunt Show.
- Grahnke, Lon (April 14, 1992). "Hunt draws on improv talents for 'Davis' role". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 43. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: Genealogy Report: Descendants of Joannis Backes". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Reiss, Dawn (April 17, 2009). "Teaming Up with Bonnie Hunt". The Saturday Evening Post.
- Collins, Scott (August 31, 2008). "Hunt ready to take on daytime". Chicago Tribune. p. 10. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "Return to Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- Stack, Peter (April 2, 2000). "Hunt's Full Heart". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- Reiss, Dawn (April 17, 2009). "Teamin Up with Bonnie Hunt". The Saturday Evening Post. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "Honorary Board". TheMMRF.org. Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "Sneak peek: 'Cars 3' zooms ahead with new character Cruz Ramirez". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- Harnick, Chris (November 18, 2018). "Why Bonnie Hunt Returned to TV for Escape at Dannemora". E! Online. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
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