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Few actresses have seen careers with such longevity and diversity as HELEN HUNT. From her earliest work in community theater and on Broadway to her seamless transition from television to film, Hunt remains a critics’ darling with a body of work that illustrates her talent as an actress.
Helen Hunt rose to fame playing the role of Jamie Buchman on the fan favorite and hit NBC sitcom Mad About You. Seven-times nominated for an Emmy in as many seasons, she won the award four times for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In addition, her work on the show also earned her five Golden Globe Awards (four for acting, one for producing the series), a coveted Screen Actors Guild Award, and three American Comedy Awards.
Hunt was a pioneer for television actresses attempting to make the daunting leap from television to film, and did so with seemingly effortless ease. She quickly cemented her place as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses with her portrayal of a single mother/waitress in Jim Brooks’ As Good As It Gets, opposite Jack Nicholson. Her work in the critically lauded film garnered Hunt a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Oscar for Best Actress.
Continuing her work both in front of and behind the camera, Hunt made her directorial debut in 2008 with Then She Found Me, based on the novel by Elinor Lipman. She not only directed her passion project, but also co-produced the feature for ThinkFilm and starred opposite Matthew Broderick, Colin Firth, and Bette Midler. In the fall of 2008, she pursued directing further when she directed a commercial for Frito-Lay’s “TrueNorth” campaign, which premiered during the 2009 Academy Award telecast. Next for the actress is director Richard Levine’s drama Every Day, co-starring Liev Schreiber. Schreiber and Hunt play a couple whose marriage is strained to the breaking point. The film will premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. The actress is currently in Hawaii shooting Sean McNamara’s Soul Surfer, opposite Dennis Quaid and Anna Sophia Robb.
Hunt’s illustrious list of film credits include the ensemble film Bobby, A Good Woman, HBO’s miniseries Empire Falls, Woody Allen’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women, Pay It Forward, Robert Zemeckis’ Castaway, What Women Want, and Twister. Earlier film credits include The Waterdance, Kiss Of Death, Mr. Saturday Night, Peggy Sue Got Married, Next Of Kin, Miles From Home, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Project X, and Miles From Home.
Helen Hunt’s early television credits include her television debut in 1973’s Pioneer Woman, CBS’ Bill: On His Own, NBC’s Choices of the Heart, Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story, Into the Badlands, The Miracle of Kathy Miller, In the Company of Darkness, St. Elsewhere, Land of Little Rain, ABC’s My Life and Times, as well as early guest appearances on China Beach and The Hitchhiker.
No stranger to the stage, Hunt also boasts an impressive range of roles in live theater from the early stages of her career. Her performances have been showcased in shows including the Ensemble Studio Theater’s production of Been Taken, Broadway’s production of the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town, Shakespeare in the Park’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, Broadway’s production of Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center, and a Los Angeles production of The Guys for The Actors’ Gang.
A native of Los Angeles, Hunt grew up in an artistic environment. Her father, Gordon Hunt, is a director and respected acting coach, and her singing teacher is one of Hollywood’s finest voice coaches: her grandmother, Dorothy Fries. Hunt currently lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Matthew Carnahan, and their daughter Makena Lei.