Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
Helen Elizabeth Hunt is an American actress, film director, and screenwriter. She starred in the sitcom, Mad About You, for seven years before being cast in the 1997 romantic comedy film, As Good as It Gets for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Some of her other notable films include Twister, Cast Away, What Women Want, Pay It Forward, Soul Surfer and The Sessions. She made her directorial debut in 2007 with Then She Found Me.
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Helen Hunt's personal information overview.
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Your New Favorite TV Show Is A Former Web Series About Weed
Huffington Post - 5 months
”High Maintenance” is easily described as a show about a marijuana dealer. And it is a show about a marijuana dealer. Created by married-duo Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the series focuses on a purveyor of pot who winds his way into the lives of myriad New Yorkers, all of whom have one thing in common: they’re in need of weed. But “High Maintenance,” once a web series of varying lengths on Vimeo and now a part of Friday night programming on HBO, is so much more. The Guy, as the quietly hip dealer is known (played by Sinclair himself), is certainly the show’s center of gravity, yet it’s the satellite characters, some of the most uniquely built and sharply acted personas on television, that stand out. From “Homeless Heidi” to manic pixie Chad to “Stomp”-ambitious Esme to innocent niece Kate, these are the kinds of characters that provoke a knee-jerk reaction amongst viewers, many of whom will be pleasantly surprised or wholly embarrassed to see their seemin ...
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This Is What The Emmy Awards Looked Like In 1996
Huffington Post - 5 months
Oh, the ‘90s. What a time it was for TV. Shows like “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “The X-Files” and “3rd Rock From the Sun” ― starring a young, long-haired Joseph Gordon-Levitt ― were just a few of the classics ruling primetime.  To get ready for this year’s awards, which are set to air Sunday, we’re taking a virtual trip back to 1996, aka a year of spaghetti straps, tinted sunglasses (we see you, Ellen DeGeneres) and Matt LeBlanc’s leather arm cast. It was also the year when “Frasier” and “E.R.” earned top honors at the awards show, and John Lithgow, Helen Hunt Dennis Franz and Kathy Baker took home golden trophies for their outstanding acting talents.  Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nostalgia. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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This Is What The Emmy Awards Looked Like In 1996
Huffington Post - 5 months
Oh, the ‘90s. What a time it was for TV. Shows like “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “The X-Files” and “3rd Rock From the Sun” ― starring a young, long-haired Joseph Gordon-Levitt ― were just a few of the classics ruling primetime.  To get ready for this year’s awards, which are set to air Sunday, we’re taking a virtual trip back to 1996, aka a year of spaghetti straps, tinted sunglasses (we see you, Ellen DeGeneres) and Matt LeBlanc’s leather arm cast. It was also the year when “Frasier” and “E.R.” earned top honors at the awards show, and John Lithgow, Helen Hunt Dennis Franz and Kathy Baker took home golden trophies for their outstanding acting talents.  Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nostalgia. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Megan Fox Says 'The Nag, The Trophy, The Escort' Still Dominate Women's Roles
Huffington Post - 9 months
Plenty of women in Hollywood will tell you just how hard it is to find a meaningful role. The latest to speak out on the issue: Megan Fox. The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" star (who's expecting her third child) explained in an interview with The New York Times that while she loves acting in fantasy and action movies, she doesn't "get a whole lot of say in terms of character development." "It’s not like I'm in there helping them write the script saying, 'April should do this, because this is what a real feminist would do,'" she said. "In terms of what’s available for women to play in general in Hollywood, it’s pretty scarce." Fox continued: "You have these stereotypes that still dominate films: the nag, the trophy, the escort. [Laughs.] I haven’t been sent a nag script yet, but I do get plenty of, like, 'interesting stripper.' Or, 'She’s super funny, but she’s also an escort, but that’s what makes it funny!'"  We've definitely heard that before. Fello ...
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Starbucks employee mistakes Helen Hunt for Jodie Foster; hilarity ensues
LATimes - 9 months
It's a timeless story. The day is long. You stop by your nearest purveyor of caffeine and caffeine-related goods and place an order for a beverage to get you through the afternoon. The barista, in a rush, misspells your name on your cup. Also, they mistake you for two-time Academy Award-winner...
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20 of the Best Surf Movies of All Time
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As originally seen on howfarfromhome.com During our recent visit to Western Australia, Stevo's oldest brother took it upon himself to help tick off number 68 from our Wanderlist, by helping us "learn to surf." And so a few days before we had to leave, with surfboard beneath both my and Stevo's arm, we trotted off onto one of Perth's many fabulous beaches. With hot sand beneath my feet and the sticky waxed board clenching to my body, all I could think was, "THIS IS AMAZING." Already I was loving the surf life, and I hadn't even gotten the board wet. A quick paddling demonstration on the sand, and we were in the water faster than a YouTube viewer skipping through an ad. After a few dodgy attempts at getting past the break (and my acceptance of the fact that my internal balance needs to catch a wake-up,) we were (sort of) cruising along the waves. No, we didn't get up on our first attempt...turns out the boards we were using were semi-pro, so I'll blame it on that...but simply bei ...
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Helen Hunt talks new film 'Ride' and plotting her TV return
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — When Helen Hunt met with Australian actor Brenton Thwaites to audition for the role of her son in "Ride" — a movie she wrote and directed — the actress liked him but didn't think he was right for the part.
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Photos: Helen Hunt Enjoys a Sunny L.A. Day
ABC News - almost 2 years
Some celebrities never seem to age.
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Writer/Director/Star Helen Hunt on Her Surfing Film, "Ride"
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Oscar-winner Helen Hunt wrote, directed, and stars in "Ride," the story of an overprotective single mother from New York who follows her son to California and learns to surf. She talked to me about filming surfing scenes, working with Brenton Thwaites (currently filming the next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie), and why she keeps writing...
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Venice Beach and Leo Carrillo beach star in Helen Hunt's movie 'Ride'
LATimes - almost 2 years
Helen Hunt takes to the waves in her latest movie, "Ride," a film opening today that reflects her own love of surfing and Southern California's beaches.
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Review: In ‘Ride,’ Helen Hunt Goes Surfing
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Directed and written by Ms. Hunt, this movie follows a high-strung New Yorker editor as she tracks down her son on the West Coast.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Helen Hunt
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 48
    In 2012, she starred alongside John Hawkes and William H. Macy in The Sessions as sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen-Greene.
    More Details Hide Details The movie and her performance were very well reviewed and earned her several award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She owns a production company with Connie Tavel, Hunt/Tavel Productions under Sony Pictures Entertainment.
  • 2011
    Age 47
    In 2011, in the movie Soul Surfer, she played the mother of the Hawaiian-born champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, on whose life the movie was based.
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  • 2007
    Age 43
    She made her directorial debut in 2007 with Then She Found Me (2007).
    More Details Hide Details Hunt has also won four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Hunt was born in Culver City, California. Her mother, Jane Elizabeth (née Novis), worked as a photographer, and her father, Gordon Hunt, is a film, voice and stage director and acting coach. Her uncle, Peter H. Hunt, is also a director. Her maternal grandmother, Dorothy (Anderson) Fries, was a voice coach. Hunt's paternal grandmother was from a German Jewish family, while Hunt's other grandparents were of English descent (her maternal grandfather was born in England), with a Methodist religious background. When she was three, Hunt's family moved to New York City, where her father directed theatre and Hunt attended plays as a child several times a week. Hunt studied ballet, and briefly attended UCLA.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    In 2006, Hunt appeared in the ensemble cast film Bobby alongside Demi Moore, Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone and William H. Macy.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 39
    In 2003, she returned to Broadway in Yasmina Reza's Life x 3.
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  • 2000
    Age 36
    In 2000, Hunt starred in four films: Dr. T & the Women, with Richard Gere; Pay It Forward, with Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment; What Women Want, with Mel Gibson; and Cast Away, with Tom Hanks.
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  • 1998
    Age 34
    In 1998, Hunt won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie As Good as It Gets of a waitress and single mother who finds herself falling in love with an obsessive-compulsive romance novelist played by Jack Nicholson.
    More Details Hide Details After winning the Academy Award, she took time off from movie work to play Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, at Lincoln Center in New York.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    She starred in the sitcom Mad About You for seven years, and played single mother Carol Connelly in the 1997 romantic comedy film As Good as It Gets, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
    More Details Hide Details Some of her other notable films include Twister (1996), Cast Away (2000), What Women Want (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), and The Sessions (2012), the latter garnered her a second Academy Award nomination.
  • 1996
    Age 32
    In the 1990s, after playing the lead female role in the short-lived My Life and Times, Hunt starred in the series Mad About You, winning Emmy Awards for her performances in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.
    More Details Hide Details For the last year of the show she and Paul Reiser became the first actors ever to be paid $1,000,000 per episode. Hunt directed several episodes of Mad About You, including the series finale. Her big-screen directorial debut came with the film Then She Found Me, in which she also starred, with Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick.
  • 1994
    Age 30
    Hunt started dating actor Hank Azaria in 1994 and they married in 1999, only to divorce 17 months later.
    More Details Hide Details She has been partnered with producer/writer/director Matthew Carnahan since 2001. They have a daughter, Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, born on May 13, 2004. Hunt has been recognized extensively in her career. In 1998 she won a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and an Emmy Award. Hunt was nominated for an Emmy Award for lead actress in a comedy seven years in a row, from 1993 through 1999, winning in the last four years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 22
    In 1986 she played Kathleen Turner's daughter in Peggy Sue Got Married.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    She also starred in the 1985 film Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Shannen Doherty.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 18
    Hunt also played a young woman who, while on PCP, jumps out of a second-story window, in a 1982 TV movie called Desperate Lives (a scene which she mocked during a Saturday Night Live monologue in 1994).
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Hunt was cast on the ABC sitcom It Takes Two, which lasted a single season. In the mid-1980s, she had a recurring role on St. Elsewhere as Clancy Williams, the girlfriend of Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison. She played Jennie in the television movie Bill: On His Own, co-starring Mickey Rooney.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on June 15, 1963.
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