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BONNIE HUNT (Jan Edgecomb) has conquered the worlds of film, television and theater as a performer, writer and director. Recently she directed "Return To Me," starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, which she also wrote with longtime creative collaborator Don Lake. "Return to Me" is a romance shot almost entirely in the filmmaker's hometown of Chicago.

Growing up in one of the city's blue collar neighborhoods, Hunt worked as a nurse's aide in high school and later became a nurse at Northwestern University Hospital. Simultaneously, she pursued her acting career, performing at the renowned Second City. After making the move to feature films, Hunt became familiar to audiences for her hilarious and unforgettable cameos. She made her feature film debut in Barry Levinson's "Rain Man" as the toothpick-dropping waitress and was the comically dedicated White House tour guide in "Dave."

Hunt then portrayed Marisa Tomei's best friend in Norman Jewison's "Only You," Charles Grodin's beleagured wife in the family hits "Beethoven" and "Beethoven's 2nd," Robin Williams' love in the hit "Jumanji" and Renee Zellweger's quick-witted sister in Cameron Crowe's smash, "Jerry Maguire," which also starred Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

More recently, Hunt lent her voice to Rosie, one of the delightful computer-generated insects in Disney's animated hit, "A Bug's Life," and appeared opposite Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas in "Random Hearts."

Hunt's television accomplishments are considerable and innovative. Previously a regular on two series, "Grand" and "Davis Rules," in 1993 she was recognized as the first woman to write, produce and star in her own series, entitled "The Building." The ensemble comedy (which she also co-executive produced with David Letterman) featured Hunt and her Second City colleagues playing young adults living in a Chicago apartment building. She then wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed "Bonnie" for CBS. Hunt's other TV appearances include a starring role in HBO's "Subway Stories." Her frequent appearances on talk shows earned her Entertainment Weekly's description as "the hands-down best [talk show] guest in America."

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