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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
94% Incredibles 2 Helen Parr / Elastigirl 2018
59% Strange Weather Darcy Baylor 2017
98% The Big Sick Beth $42.9M 2017
43% Song to Song Actor $0.5M 2017
No Score Yet De canção em canção Miranda 2017
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Senator Finch $293.8M 2016
50% Manglehorn Dawn $64.1K 2015
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
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
94% 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

CREDIT
92% Succession
2018
Rhea Jarrell
  • 2019
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
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
82% 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
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
73% 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 Bless the Harts
2019
Voice
No Score Yet Peep and the Big Wide World
2004-2011
Voice
60% The Movies
2019

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