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Helen Hunt



A precociously talented youngster, Helen Hunt was drawing paychecks as a television actress from the age of ten. Before she was 17, she had appeared as a regular on two series, Swiss Family Robinson (1975) and The Fitzpatricks (1977). Hunt proved she was more than just a workaday child actor with her starring performance in the fact-based 1981 TV movie The Miracle of Kathy Miller, in which she played a high school athlete who overcame severe mental and physical damage brought on by a highway accident.



While she had been appearing in films as early as Rollercoaster in 1977, Hunt was never groomed as a star player, and it is possible that her resemblance to another child actress, Jodie Foster, held her back from more important roles.



After taking on her first adult role in the 1982 sitcom It Takes Two, Hunt's film assignments improved, with sizable roles in Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Project X (1987), Next of Kin (1989), and The Waterdance (1991). She also gained a small measure of cult status by appearing in a brace of science fiction films, including Trancers II (1991) and Trancers III (1992). That same year, Hunt landed her longest-lasting acting assignment to date, as the co-star of the Paul Reiser-created comedy series Mad About You. During the show's seven-year run, she won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her portrayal of Jamie Buchman. In 1996, Hunt had her most successful film role to date in the blockbuster Twister. The following year, she topped that when she received a Best Actress Oscar for playing a caring waitress and single mother who befriends acerbic, obsessive-compulsive author Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson, who also won an Oscar for his performance) in As Good As It Gets. After Mad About You ended in 1999, Hunt appeared in films by several veteran directors, including Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away [2000]), Robert Altman (Dr. T and The Women [2000]), and Woody Allen (The Curse of the Jade Scorpion [2001]). She starred in Life x 3 on Broadway in 2003.



In 2005, Hunt joined the star-studded cast of HBO's two-part miniseries Empire Falls in the role of Janine, ex-wife of Miles (Ed Harris), the story's central character. The actress made her feature directorial debut in Then She Found Me (for which Hunt also starred, produced, and wrote the screenplay), an adaptation of Elinore Lipman's best-selling novel of the same name. The story follows a Philadelphia schoolteacher (Hunt) whose long-lost birth mother (Bette Miller) reappears at just as her daughter is careening into a midlife crisis. Hunt played a supportive mother in Soul Surfer (2011), an inspirational drama based on the true tale of a surfer who returned to the sport after tragically losing an arm. In 2012 she played a sex surrogate helping a man in an iron lung lose his virginity for director Ben Lewin in The Sessions, a part that earned her rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
48% Ride
  • Jackie
  • Screenwriter
2015
56% Decoding Annie Parker
  • Dr. Mary-Claire King
2014
93% The Sessions
  • Cheryl
2012
46% Soul Surfer
  • Cheri Hamilton
2011
34% Every Day
  • Jeannie
2011
No Score Yet Jock The Hero Dog
  • Actor
2011
50% Then She Found Me
  • Director
  • April Epner
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2007
46% Bobby
  • Samantha
2006
37% A Good Woman
  • Mrs. Erlynne
2006
No Score Yet Aliens Gone Wild!
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Empire Falls
  • Janine Roby
2005
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Mr. Saturday Night
  • Actor
2002
45% The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  • Betty Ann
2001
54% What Women Want
  • Darcy McGuire
2001
90% Cast Away
  • Kelly Frears
2000
40% Pay It Forward
  • Arlene McKinney
2000
57% Dr. T and the Women
  • Bree Davis
2000
86% As Good as It Gets
  • Carol Connelly
1997
57% Twister
  • Jo Harding
1996
68% Kiss of Death
  • Bev
1995
56% Mr. Saturday Night
  • Annie
1992
No Score Yet Only You
  • Clare Enfield
1992
100% Bob Roberts
  • Reporter Rose Pondell
1992
No Score Yet Trancers III: Deth Lives
  • Lena
1992
93% The Waterdance
  • Anna
1992
No Score Yet Into the Badlands
  • Blossom
1991
No Score Yet Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story
  • Pamela Smart
1991
38% Queens Logic
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Trancers, The Definitive Collection: Trancers II
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Trancers II
  • Lena Deth
1991
No Score Yet Dark River - A Father's Revenge
  • Actor
1990
50% Next of Kin
  • Jessie Gates
1989
No Score Yet Incident at Dark River
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Miles from Home
  • Jennifer
1988
No Score Yet The Frog Prince
  • Henrietta
1988
No Score Yet Land of Little Rain
  • Actor
1988
78% Project X
  • Teri
1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Beth Bodell
1986
38% Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  • Lynne
1985
83% Trancers
  • Leena
1985
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge
  • Debbie Markham
1984
No Score Yet Quarterback Princess
  • Tami Maida
1983
No Score Yet Bill: On His Own
  • Jenny
1983
No Score Yet Child Bride of Short Creek
  • Naomi
1981
No Score Yet Angel Dusted
  • Lizzie Eaton
1981
57% Rollercoaster
  • Tracy Calder
1977
No Score Yet The Spell
  • Kristina Matchett
1977
No Score Yet Pioneer Woman
  • Sarah Sargeant
1973
No Score Yet Wagon Wheels
  • Mrs. Jed
1934

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
62% Life in Pieces
2015
  • Director
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
75% Revenge
2011-2015
  • Director
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Director
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Emily
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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