Holly P. Hunter is a Hollywood actress-cum-producer. She was born on 20 March, 1958, in Conyers (Georgia), to a homemaker mother and a farmer father. In 1980, she got a bachelor’s degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, after which she moved to
New York to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. In 1982, she was known to have gotten stuck in an elevator with Beth Henley, the playwright, and the encounter bagged her a role in Broadway’s production- Crimes of the Heart, as well as in an off-Broadway production titled, ‘The Miss Firecracker Contest’.
She made her first appearance on the big screen in 1981 with a horror film titled, The Burning. She claims the film to be her major break wherein she was lucky enough to make a thousand dollars per week so early in her career. The following year, she moved to Los Angeles, and was later casted as Jeannie in the 1984 film, Swing Shift. It was in 1987 when her portrayal of Jane Craig in the rom-com film ‘Broadcast News’ was awarded five awards- Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle Award, and Silver Bear, apart from being nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She debuted on the television screen in 1989 with Roe vs. Wade, and subsequently, won an Emmy Award for her performance in the same. Next, in 1993, she swayed everyone away with her brilliant performance as a mute girl in Jan Chapman’s, The Piano. She won the jury’s hearts, and also fourteen awards (the prominent ones include an Academy Award, Australian Film Institute, BAFTA Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Golden Globe Award and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival). In the same year, she won an Emmy Award for her work as Wanda Holloway on HBO’s telefilm titled, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. In 2003, her film, ‘Thirteen’ (based on certain real-life events) won her a huge number of nominations and three awards, namely the Bronze Leopard Award, the International Cinephile Society Award and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award. Following the new trend set by many of the Hollywood actors, Holly too has lent her voice for video games, Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity 3.0 in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Holly is deaf from her left ear owing to being affected by mumps in childhood. She tied the knot with Janusz Kamiński in 1995, but eventually divorced him in 2001. Since then she has been in a relationship with Gordon MacDonald (a British actor), and in 2006 begot twin boys named Claude and Press.
Born on 20 March 1958, Holly Hunter is an acclaimed American actress and producer. She was born in Conyers, Georgia and graduated with a degree in drama from the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She was part of the theater there and later pursued her career at New York City. In 1982, Holly was trapped in an elevator for about 10 minutes with the playwright Beth Henley, and that encounter led for Hunter to be cast in Heley’s plays Crimes of the Heart.
With the horror movie, The Burning, Hunter made her film debut in 1981. She then appeared in various movies that were made to show on TV. With Raising Arizona and Broadcast News that were released in 1987, Hunter received wide critical appreciation. She was later on seen in a number of films that were adaptations of various books including Steven Spielberg’s Always. In Always, Hunter plays the role of Dorinda Durston, a girlfriend of the main role, Pete Sandich (Richard Dreyfuss. She starred along with Dreyfuss in the movie Once Around, which is another romantic drama. With the two movies starring alongside Richard Dreyfuss, Hunter’s popularity rose to the extent that she went on to be nominated for a couple of Academy Awards the same year. She won an award for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “The Firm” and a Best Actress award for the movie, “The Piano”.
For her brilliant performance in ‘The Piano’ as Ada McGrath, Holly Hunter was widely recognized and won numerous awards worldwide including the “Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role,” the “BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role” and many others. In 1995, Hunter appeared as Inspector M.J. Monahan in Jon Amiel’s psychological thriller, Copycat. For her brilliant performance as the investigator in crime in Copycat, she got the ‘Special Mention Award at the Festival du Film Policier de Coganc’. After a series of movies, Hunter starred in Catherine Hardwicke’s semi-autobiography, Thirteen, as Melanie Freeland who is a divorced mother taking care of two kids. Hunter acts as a recovering alcoholic who struggles to support her kids. For her performance in Thirteen, Hunter was nominated for various awards and won the Bronze Leopard for Best Actress, International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress. As of late, Hunter was seen on screen in movies such as Paradise and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her another movie is a Terrence Malick film which is yet to be named. The movie is expected to be released in 2017.
Holly Hunter also participated in video games namely the Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity 3.0, where she contributed her voice for Elastigirl. Hunter married Janusz Kaminski in the year of 1995, and they got divorced in 2001. She started her relation with a British actor, Gordon MacDonald in 2001 and announced giving birth to twin boys in the year 2006. Hunter has a slight problem with hearing in her left ear due to a severe episode of mumps during her childhood.