Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
Date of Birth:   20 March 1958, Conyers, Georgia, USA

Birth Name
Holly P. Hunter

Height  5'2"
Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, the youngest of seven children whose father was a part-time
sporting goods company representative and part-time farmer with a 250 acre farm. Her parents encouraged in
her talent at an early age, and her first acting part was as Helen Keller in a fifth-grade play. In 1976 she went to
Pittsburgh to pursue a degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating in 1980, she went to
New York City, where she met playwright Beth Henley in a stalled elevator. Hunter went on to get roles in a
1981 The Burning - Sophie  
1984 Swing Shift - Jeannie  
1984 Blood Simple - Helene Trend  (uncredited)
1987 Raising Arizona - Edwina 'Ed' McDunnough  
1987 End of the Line - Charlotte  
1987 Broadcast News - Jane Craig
1989 Miss Firecracker - Carnelle Scott  
1989 Animal Behavior - Coral Grable  
Always - Dorinda Durston  
1991 Once Around - Renata Bella  
1993 The Piano - Ada McGrath
1993 The Firm - Tammy Hemphill
1995 Copycat - M.J. Monahan  
Home for the Holidays - Claudia Larson  
Crash - Helen Remington  
1997 A Life Less Ordinary - O'Reilly  
1998 Living Out Loud - Judith Moore  
1999 Jesus' Son - Mira  
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her - Rebecca Weyman
2000 Timecode - Renee Fishbine, Executive  
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Penny  
Down from the Mountain - Herself documentary
2002 Searching for Debra Winger - Herself documentary
2002 Moonlight Mile - Mona Camp  
2003 Rock That Uke - Narrator documentary
2003 Levity - Adele Easley  
2003 Thirteen - Melanie Freeland
2004 Little Black Book - Barb Campbell-Dunn  
2004 The Incredibles - Helen Parr / Elastigirl
2005 Nine Lives - Sonia  
2005 The Big White - Margaret Barnell  
2007 Saving Grace -  Grace Hanadarko (TV series)
number of Henley's southern gothic plays, including Crimes of the Heart and The Miss Firecracker Contest. In 1982 the actress went to Los Angeles. She
landed her first starring role in the movies in the Coen brothers' Raising Arizona , a part that is said to have been written with her in mind. She gained stardom
in 1987 when she played the driven TV news producer Jane Craig in James L. Brooks' Broadcast News. In 1993 she earned an Academy Award and worldwide
acclaim with her performance as a mute bride to a New Zealand planter in The Piano.

Following a supporting role in the Coens' O Brother, Where Art Thou? , Hunter took top billing in the same year's television movie Harlan County War, an
account of labor struggles among Kentucky coal-mine workers. Hunter would continue her small screen streak with a role in When Billie Beat Bobby, playing
tennis pro Billie Jean King in the fact-based story of King's famed exhibition match with Bobby Riggs; and as narrator of Eco Challenge New Zealand before
returning to film work with a minor role in the 2002 drama Moonlight Mile. The following year found Hunter drawing favorable reviews for her role in the otherwise
critically maligned[citation needed] redemption drama Levity. Also in 2003, Hunter had a supporting role in the acclaimed film Thirteen for which she received a
Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.  In 2004, Hunter starred alongside Brittany Murphy in the romantic satire Little Black Book, and the same year lent
her voice to the animated film The Incredibles as the voice of Helen Parr, a.k.a. the superheroine Elastigirl. In 2005, Hunter starred along side Robin Williams in
the black comedy-drama The Big White.

Hunter became an executive producer, and helped develop a starring vehicle for herself with the TNT cable-network drama Saving Grace, which premiered in
July 2007. For her acting, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination, a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and an Emmy Award nomination. On May
30, 2008 Hunter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For many years, Hunter was in a relationship with actor Arliss Howard. She was married to Polish cinematographer Janusz Kaminski from May 20, 1995 until
their divorce on 21 December 2001. Since 2001, she has been in a relationship with American actor Gordon MacDonald, with whom she co-starred in Marina
Carr's By the Bog of Cats in a 2001 run at the San Jose Repertory Theater, and later in a 2004 West End production of the same play. In January 2006,
Hunter's publicist announced that Hunter had given birth to the couple's twins at the age of 47. Entertainment Weekly later reported that the twins were boys.
Academy Awards, USA
1994  - Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role  for: The Piano
Australian Film Institute
1993  - AFI Award Best Actress in a Lead Role  for: The Piano
BAFTA Awards
1994  - BAFTA Film Award Best Actress  for: The Piano
Berlin International Film Festival
1988  - Silver Berlin Bear Best Actress  for: Broadcast News
Boston Film Festival
1998  - Film Excellence Award   
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards  
1993  - BSFC Award Best Actress  for: The Piano  
1988  - BSFC Award Best Actress  for: Broadcast News
CableACE Awards
1994  - CableACE Actress in a Movie or Miniseries  
             for: The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas  
             Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
Cannes Film Festival
1993  - Best Actress   for: The Piano
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards  
1994  - CFCA Award Best Actress  for: The Piano
Cognac Festival du Film Policier
1996  - Special Mention   for: Copycat
Costume Designers Guild Awards
2004  - Distinguished Actor Award   
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
1994  - DFWFCA Award Best Actress  for: The Piano
Delta's Choice Awards
2005 Delta 99 most desirable women - #70
2004 Delta - Best Supporting Actress  for: Thirteen
2004 Delta - Best Dramatic Performance  for: Thirteen
2004 Delta 99 most desirable women - #99
Emmy Awards
1993  - Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special  
              for: The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas
              Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
1989  - Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
               for: Roe vs. Wade
Golden Globes, USA
1994  - Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion
Picture - Drama           for: The Piano
Gracie Allen Awards
2008  - Gracie Outstanding Female Lead - Drama Series  
                                for: "Saving Grace"
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards  
2004  - Sierra Award Best Supporting Actress  for: Thirteen
Locarno International Film Festival
2005  - Bronze Leopard Best Actress  for: Nine Lives  
2003  - Bronze Leopard Best Actress  for: Thirteen
London Critics Circle Film Awards
1994  - ALFS Award Actress of the Year  for: The Piano  
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
1993  - LAFCA Award Best Actress  for: The Piano
1987  - LAFCA Award Best Actress  for: Broadcast News
National Board of Review, USA
1993  - NBR Award Best Actress  for: The Piano  
1987  - NBR Award Best Actress  for: Broadcast News
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
1994  - NSFC Award Best Actress  for: The Piano
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
1993  - NYFCC Award Best Actress  for: The Piano
1987  - NYFCC Award Best Actress  for: Broadcast News
Phoenix Film Festival
2001  - Copper Wing Tribute Award - Phoenix Film Foundation Awards
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
1994  - SEFCA Award Best Actress  for: The Piano
Sundance Film Festival
2003  - Tribute to Independent Vision Award   
Walk of Fame
2008  - Star on the Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 30 April.  
       At 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.