Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter

Highest Rated: 98% The Big Sick (2017)

Lowest Rated: 13% Animal Behavior (1989)

Birthday: Mar 20, 1958

Birthplace: Conyers, Georgia, USA

One of the most versatile and charismatic actresses that Hollywood has to offer, Holly Hunter has made a name for herself with smart, strong portrayals of dependably eccentric women. Born March 20, 1958, in Conyers, GA, Hunter was raised on a farm as the youngest of seven children. With the encouragement of her parents, she began acting at a young age, landing her first starring role as Helen Keller in a fifth grade play. Hunter went on to receive theatrical training at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, after which she moved to New York to pursue her acting career. Following her off-Broadway debut in 1981, the fledgling actress enjoyed a serendipitous twist of fate in the form of being stuck in a stalled elevator with playwright Beth Henley. The chance meeting led to a collaboration between the two women, first with the stage production of The Miss Firecracker Contest and then with Hunter's 1982 Broadway debut, Crimes of the Heart. Meanwhile, Hunter had made her onscreen debut in the 1981 horror flick The Burning, a film remarkable both for its high schlock quotient and its casting of a similarly obscure young actor named Jason Alexander. After moving to Los Angeles in 1982, Hunter appeared in some made-for-TV movies before being cast in a supporting role in 1984's Swing Shift. The same year, she had her first collaboration with Ethan Coen and Joel Coen in Blood Simple, making something of a limited appearance as a voice on an answering machine recording. More obscure film and television work followed until 1987, when thanks to a starring role in the Coens' Raising Arizona and her Academy Award-nominated turn in Broadcast News, Hunter finally got her share of the limelight. The praise she received led to more acclaimed work in 1989; the actress won raves for her parts in three different films: the screen adaptation of Henley's Miss Firecracker; Steven Spielberg's Always, a romantic drama with Richard Dreyfuss; and the made-for-TV docudrama Roe vs. Wade. Following her second collaboration with Dreyfuss in Once Around (1991), Hunter once again garnered a wealth of critical appreciation for her work in three 1993 films, two of which resulted in her being nominated for Academy Awards as both Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in that same year. Hunter's performance in The Firm won her a nomination for the former and her portrayal of a mute Scottish woman entangled in a treacherous affair with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion's The Piano won her the latter. Unfortunately, over the next couple of years, Hunter found herself starring in vehicles that ranged from underrated to dreadful, with Home for the Holidays (1995) at one end of the spectrum and the thriller Copycat (also 1995) at the other. Her work in David Cronenberg's Crash (1996) did win her strong notices, but it was swallowed by the controversies surrounding the film, and her appearance as a sardonic angel in A Life Less Ordinary suffered a similar fate. However, the actress rebounded the following year with her portrayal of a recently divorced New Yorker in Richard LaGravenese's Living Out Loud. Starring alongside Danny DeVito, Queen Latifah, and Martin Donovan, Hunter won overwhelmingly positive reviews for her performance, convincing critics and audiences alike that she was back in the saddle again. Hunter rounded out the 1990s with a minor role in the indie drama Jesus' Son and as a housekeeper torn between a grieving widower and Kiefer Sutherland's little-seen character-driven drama Woman Wanted (1999).Hailing in the new millennium with a memorable performance in the Coen Brothers O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), the talented actress took top billing in the same year's television production Harlan County War, a powerful account of labor struggles among Kentucky coal-mine workers. Hunter would continue her small screen streak with a role in When Billy Beat Bobby and as narrator of Eco Challenge New Zealand before returning to film work with a minor role in

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
94% Incredibles 2 Helen Parr / Elastigirl 2018
61% Strange Weather Darcy Baylor 2017
98% The Big Sick Beth $42.9M 2017
43% Song to Song Miranda $0.5M 2017
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Senator Finch $293.8M 2016
50% Manglehorn Dawn $64.1K 2015
22% Paradise Mrs. Mannerhelm 2013
No Score Yet Jackie Jackie 2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman Actor 2013
34% Won't Back Down Evelyn Riske $5.4M 2012
No Score Yet Saving Grace Actor 2008
No Score Yet Rock That Uke Actor 2007
30% The Big White Margaret Barnell 2005
75% Nine Lives Sonia $0.2M 2005
97% The Incredibles Helen Parr/Elastigirl 2004
22% Little Black Book Barb $20.5M 2004
81% Thirteen Melanie Executive Producer $4.6M 2003
34% Levity Adele Easley 2003
No Score Yet Rock That Uke Introductory Voice Narrator 2003
63% Moonlight Mile Mona Camp 2002
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
65% Festival in Cannes Actor $41.5K 2002
97% Down from the Mountain Actor 2001
No Score Yet When Billie Beat Bobby Billie Jean King 2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Penny Wharvey $45.2M 2000
No Score Yet Harlan County War Ruby Kincaid 2000
68% Timecode Executive 2000
74% Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rebecca 2000
81% Jesus' Son Mira 1999
No Score Yet Woman Wanted Emma Riley 1999
59% Living Out Loud Judith Nelson 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
39% A Life Less Ordinary O'Reilly 1997
59% Crash Dr. Helen Remington $3.2M 1996
63% Home for the Holidays Claudia Larson 1995
78% Copycat M.J. Monahan 1995
92% The Piano Ada McGrath 1993
75% The Firm Tammy Hemphill 1993
90% The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Wanda Holloway 1993
No Score Yet Crazy In Love Georgie Symonds 1992
70% Once Around Renata Bella 1990
67% Always Dorinda Durston 1989
13% Animal Behavior Coral Grable 1989
75% Miss Firecracker Carnelle Scott 1989
No Score Yet Roe vs. Wade Ellen Russell 1989
98% Broadcast News Jane Craig 1987
60% End of the Line Charlotte 1987
No Score Yet A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou) Candy Marshall 1987
91% Raising Arizona Ed 1987
94% Blood Simple Answering machine 1984
87% Swing Shift Jeannie Sherman 1984
No Score Yet Urge to Kill Wynn Nolen 1984
No Score Yet Svengali Leslie 1983
88% The Burning Sophie 1981

TV

Credit
82% Bless the Harts
2019
Voice Marjune Gamble 2020
2019
91% Succession
2018-2019
Rhea Jarrell 2019
2018
24% Here and Now
2018
Audrey Bayer 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest 2017
2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest 2017
2014
83% Top of the Lake
2013-2017
GJ 2017
2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009-2019
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2010
75% Saving Grace
2007-2010
Grace Hanadarko Producer 2010
2009
2008
2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2007
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Mary Lincoln 2001
No Score Yet Peep and the Big Wide World
2004-2011
Voice
67% The Movies
2019

QUOTES FROM Holly Hunter CHARACTERS

Lex Luthor says: You're going to be in the hot seat in there.

Senator Finch says: I was raised on the farm. I know how to wrangle a pig.

Lex Luthor says: You want to know the oldest lie in America, Senator? It's that power can be innocent.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Everyone is special, Dash.

Dash Parr says: That's just another way of saying no one is.

Paul Moore says: It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you're the smartest person in the room.

Jane Craig says: No. It's awful.

Penny says: I've spoken my piece and counted to three.

Ulysses Everett McGill says: She counted to three. Goddamit! She counted to three. Sonafabitch!

Ulysses Everett McGill says: Why are you tellin' our gals that I was hit by a train?

Penny says: Lots of respectable people have been hit by trains. Judge Hoover over in Cookville was hit by a train. What was I gonna tell them, that you got sent to the penal farm and I divorced you from shame?

Ulysses Everett McGill says: Uh, I take your point. But it does put me in a damn awkward position, vis-à-vis my progeny.

Penny says: Vermon, he's got a job. Vermon's got prospects. He's bona fide. What are you?

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: I think you need to be a bit more flexible.

Penny says: The only good thing you ever did for the gals that were hit by that train!

Judith says: When you lay in the gutter, you can see underneath people better than usual.

Judith says: What's so important about living longer and feeling safe?

Judith says: I can't stand those terrorists. They're so mad at everybody. I wish they'd just get over it! Maybe I should adopt a crack baby--send it to a good school.

Renata Bella says: I had the greatest time of my life, The greatest time ever.

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: Did you get away with it?

Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible says: Did you get away with it?

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Don't incourage him!

Helen Parr/Elastigirl says: Don't incourage him!

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: I'm not incoraging him, I'm just wondering if he got away with it

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: I'm not incoraging him, I'm just wondering if he got away with it.

Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible says: I'm not encouraging him, I'm just wondering if he got away with it.

Penny says: (watching Everett and Vermon fight as she talks about Vermon or Everlett) He's not my husband?.

Penny says: [watching Everett and Vermon fight as she talks about Vermon or Everlett] He's not my husband?

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Cutting it kinda close, don't you think?

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Cutting it kinda close, don't ya think?

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: Well, you need to be more...flexible.

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: You need to be more... flexible.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: You're late. When you asked me if I was doing anything later, I didn't realize you had forgotten. I thought it was playful banter.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: You're late. When you asked me if I was doing anything later, I didn't realize you'd actually forgotten. I thought it was playful banter.

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: It was playful banter.

Penny says: I can, I am, and I will....

Penny says: I can, I am, and I will.

Violet Parr says: But you said we weren't supposed to use our powers.

Violet Parr says: But you said never to use...

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: I KNOW WHAT I SAID! Listen to what I'm saying now!

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: I know what I said! [sighing] Remember the bad guys on the shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys aren't like those guys. They won't exercise restraint because you are children. They *will* kill you if they get the chance. Do *not* give them that chance.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Remember the bad guys on those shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys are not like those guys. They won't exercise restraint because your children. They will kill you if they get the chance. Do not give them that chance.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Remember the bad guys on the shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys aren't like those guys. They won't exercise restraint because you are children. They *will* kill you if they get the chance. Do *not* give them that chance.

Penny says: That ain't your Daddy, Alvanelle. Your Daddy got hit by a train.

Penny says: That ain't your daddy, Alvinelle. Your daddy was hit by a train.

Melanie says: I love you and your brother more than anything in the world. I would die for you, but I won't leave you alone right now.

Melanie says: I want you here with me. You're my heart. I'll make it right.

Ada McGrath says: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice - -but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why - -not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my last. Today he married me to a man I have not yet met. Soon my daughter and I shall join him in his own country. My husband writes that my muteness does not bother him - and hark this! He says, "God loves dumb creatures, so why not I?" 'Twere good he had God's patience, for silence affects everyone in the end. The strange thing is, I don't think myself silent. That is because of my piano. I shall miss it on the journey.

Ada McGrath says: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice, but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why, not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my last. Today he married me to a man I have not yet met. Soon my daughter and I shall join him in his own country. My husband writes that my muteness does not bother him, and hark this! He says, 'God loves dumb creatures, so why not I?' Twere good he had God's patience, for silence affects everyone in the end. The strange thing is, I don't think myself silent. That is because of my piano. I shall miss it on the journey.

Ada McGrath says: At night! I think of my piano in its ocean grave, and sometimes of myself floating above it. Down there everything is so still and silent that it lulls me to sleep. It is a weird lullaby and so it is; it is mine.

Ada McGrath says: George has fashioned me a metal finger tip, I am quite the town freak which satisfies!

Ada McGrath says: What a death! What a chance! What a surprise! My will has chosen life! Still it has had me spooked and many others besides!

Jane Craig says: I-I can't help you. Sorry, I'm not here to teach remedial reporting.

Jane Craig says: Just what do you want from me anyway, permission to be a fake? Stop whining.

Ada McGrath says: This is not the sound of my voice; it is the sound of my mind.

Ada McGrath says: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice, but my mind's voice.

Penny says: Vernon here's got a job. Vernon's got prospects. He's bona fide. What are you?