Academy Award-winning actress HOLLY HUNTER (voice of Helen
has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her
She has been nominated for four Academy Awards for the films "Broadcast News,"
"The Firm," "The Piano" and "Thirteen." In 1993, Hunter won the Academy Award
the award for best actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in
Piano." In 2008, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she
awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.
Most recently, Hunter starred in Alan Ball's HBO series "Here and Now"
Robbins. She co-starred in "The Big Sick," directed by Michael Showalter,
Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano and Zoe
Kazan. The film, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2017 Sundance Film
was released by Amazon and Lionsgate in New York and Los Angeles on June 23,
2017, with a wide release on July 14, 2017. The film went on to win the Critics'
Award for best comedy, and was nominated for best original screenplay at the
Academy Awards and recognized as one of the top ten films of the year by the
American Film Institute. For her supporting role, Hunter was nominated for a
Actors Guild Award and Independent Spirit Award, and she was honored with a
Career Achievement Award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
In 2017, Hunter starred in "Strange Weather," a drama about a mother (Hunter)
an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son, travels the back
roads of the
Deep South to settle a score. The film, directed by Katherine Dieckmann, also
Carrie Coon. "Strange Weather" premiered at the Toronto International Film
September 2016 and was officially released in the U.S. by IFC on July 28, 2017.
Hunter appears with Tony Shalhoub in "Breakable You." Premiering at the 2017
Springs International Film Festival, the film doesn't yet have an official
In 2016, Hunter was seen in the box-office hit "Batman v Superman: Dawn of
released by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film also starred Ben Affleck, Amy Adams,
Diane Lane, Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg. Hunter played Senator Finch, who
the committee leading an investigation into Superman.
In 2015, Hunter was seen co-starring in the film "Manglehorn" opposite Al
directed by David Gordon Green. "Manglehorn" premiered at the 2014 Venice Film
Festival and was also featured at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
was released in June by IFC. Also in 2015, Hunter was seen onstage in the
David Rabe's Tony-winning play "Sticks and Bones" opposite Richard Chamberlain,
Nadia Gan, Morocco Omari, Bill Pullman, Ben Schnetzer and Raviv Ullman. Directed
Scott Elliott ("Hurlyburly"), the show opened to rave reviews at The New Group
in October and closed in mid-December.
In 2013, Hunter was seen in the Sundance Channel series "Top of the Lake,"
Elisabeth Moss, written and directed by Academy Award-winner Jane
Campion and co-directed by Garth Davis. Hunter played GJ, a guru at a local
camp who becomes involved in the investigation into the disappearance of a
girl who is five months pregnant. Hunter's performance garnered her a Screen
Actor's Guild Award nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in
television movie or miniseries.
Additionally in 2013, Hunter co-starred in "Paradise," written and directed
Cody, opposite Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman and Octavia
Spencer. The comedy follows a young conservative woman suffering a crisis of
after surviving a plane crash. Hunter also co-starred in the Lifetime/History
"Bonnie & Clyde," which also starred William Hurt, Emile Hirsch and Holliday
In 2007, Hunter made her television series debut in TNT's edgy drama, "Saving
which earned her nominations for two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild
Awards and a Golden Globe for best lead actress in a drama series. Hunter
as a tormented, fast-living Oklahoma City police detective who took
new heights. Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and written and produced by Nancy
Miller (co-executive producer of "The Closer"), "Saving Grace" ended after four
In 2005, Hunter starred in the independent drama "Nine Lives," directed by
Garcia. "Nine Lives" is a series of vignettes that offered glimpses into the
lives of nine
women. The film also starred Kathy Baker, Glenn Close and Sissy Spacek.
Hunter last appeared onstage in 2004 in Marina Carr's "By the Bog of Cats,"
Dominic Cooke at Wyndham's Theater in London. Hunter played Hester Swane, an
traveler who is tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her. In 2001,
starred in the American premiere of the play at the San Jose Repertory Theatre
In 2003, Hunter was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a mother
dealing with her daughter's wild behavior in the film "Thirteen," directed by
Hardwicke. Hunter was also honored with nominations from the Hollywood Foreign
Press, SAG, BAFTA and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. That same year,
Hunter was seen in the film "Levity," starring with Morgan Freeman and Billy Bob
Thornton. Directed by Ed Solomon, "Levity" opened the 2003 Sundance Film
In 2001, Hunter starred in ABC's "When Billie Beat Bobby," where she
legend Billie Jean King in the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between
Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs. The role garnered Hunter an Emmy nomination
for best actress in a television miniseries or movie.
In 2000, Hunter was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Showtime's "Things
Can Tell Just by Looking at Her." The film, which tells stories about love and
loss in the
lives of five women, won an award in "Un Certain Regard" at the Cannes Film
and also screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Hunter also starred in
Showtime's original movie "Harlan County War," for which she garnered both an
and Golden Globe nomination for lead actress in a miniseries or movie. Also in
Hunter appeared in the Coen brothers' film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" with
Clooney and John Turturro, as well as Mike Figgis' "Timecode." In 1999, Hunter
in "Jesus' Son," released by Lionsgate, opposite Billy Crudup. In 1998, she
New Line Cinema's adult comedy "Living Out Loud" opposite Danny DeVito, Elias
Koteas and Queen Latifah.
In 1993, Hunter received the Academy Award for her performance as a mute
widow in Jane Campion's "The Piano." She received the Cannes Film Festival
the British Academy Film Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Los
Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Board of Review Award and a
Golden Globe, all for Best Actress. That same year, Hunter garnered an Academy
Award nomination for her performance as the investigative secretary in "The
based on the John Grisham novel.
In 1987, Hunter was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of a
producer in the feature film "Broadcast News." She received the New York Film
Circle Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Board
Review Award and the Berlin Film Festival Award, all for best actress.
Film credits include "The Incredibles," "Little Black Book," "The Big White,"
the Holidays," "Copycat," "Once Around," "Always," "Raising Arizona," "Crash"
Life Less Ordinary."
In 1982, Hunter made her Broadway debut in Beth Henley's "Crimes of the
followed by "The Wake of Jamey Foster." Other New York stage appearances include
"The Miss Firecracker Contest," "Battery," "The Person I Once Was, " "A Weekend
Madison" and "Impossible Marriage."
Hunter co-produced and starred in Beth Henley's "Control Freaks" and produced
Barry's "Mother'Son" at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles.
Her television work includes HBO's "The Positively True Adventures of the
Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom," for which she won the Emmy for best
actress. This role also garnered her a Golden Globe nomination. Hunter was
the Emmy for her role as Jane Roe in NBC's "Roe vs. Wade."
Hunter resides in New York.
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