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Holly Hunter

Highest Rated:   98% The Big Sick (2017)
Lowest Rated:   13% Animal Behavior (1989)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Incredibles 2
  • Helen Parr / Elastigirl
2018
57% Strange Weather
  • Darcy Baylor
2017
98% The Big Sick
  • Beth
$42.5M 2017
43% Song to Song
  • Actor
$0.5M 2017
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Senator Finch
$293.8M 2016
49% Manglehorn
  • Dawn
$64.1k 2015
21% Paradise
  • Mrs. Mannerhelm
2013
No Score Yet Jackie
  • Jackie
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
33% 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
21% Little Black Book
  • Barb
$20.5M 2004
81% Thirteen
  • Melanie
  • Executive Producer
$4.6M 2003
35% Levity
  • Adele Easley
2003
No Score Yet Rock That Uke
  • Introductory Voice Narrator
2003
63% Moonlight Mile
  • Mona Camp
2002
No Score Yet 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
58% Crash
  • Dr. Helen Remington
$3.2M 1996
63% Home for the Holidays
  • Claudia Larson
1995
75% Copycat
  • M.J. Monahan
1995
90% The Piano
  • Ada McGrath
1993
75% The Firm
  • Tammy Hemphill
1993
89% The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
  • Wanda Holloway
1993
No Score Yet Crazy In Love
  • Georgie Symonds
1992
68% Once Around
  • Renata Bella
1990
65% Always
  • Dorinda Durston
1989
13% Animal Behavior
  • Coral Grable
1989
73% 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
93% Blood Simple
  • Answering machine
1984
92% Swing Shift
  • Jeannie Sherman
1984
No Score Yet Urge to Kill
  • Wynn Nolen
1984
No Score Yet Svengali
  • Leslie
1983
86% The Burning
  • Sophie
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
84% Top of the Lake
2013
  • GJ
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2010
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • Producer
  • Grace Hanadarko
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 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

Quotes from Holly Hunter's Characters