Holly Hunter

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Holly Hunter

Born

3/20/1958, Conyars, Georgia, USA

Birth Name

Holly Lane Hunter

Gender

Female
  • Holly Hunter stars as Grace Hanadarko in...
  • Holly Hunter stars as Grace Hanadarko in...
  • Holly Hunter stars as Grace Hanadarko in...
  • Holly Hunter stars as Grace Hanadarko in...
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Biography

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This gorgeous actress started her career in numerous New York City plays after she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. After a couple years she moved to Los Angeles where she landed the starring role in Raising Arizona. Her career took off from there with roles in…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Holly has been nominated for six Emmys. In 2008, she was nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" for Saving Grace. In 2001, she was nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" for When Billie Beat Bobbie. That year she was also nominated for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" for Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her. In 2000, she was nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" for Harlan County War. In 1993, she won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleading-Murdering Mom. In 1989, she won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for Roe vs. Wade.

    • On December 13, 2007, Holly Hunter was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Series" category for her performance in Saving Grace. In 2004, she was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" for Thirteen. In 2001, she was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" for Harlan County War. In 1994, she won "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama" for The Piano. That same year she was also nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. In 1990, she was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" for Roe vs. Wade. In 1988, she was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical" for Broadcast News.

    • She is 5' 2" tall.

    • Holly grew up with lots of dogs but has not had one since becoming an adult.

    • Holly was presented with a 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' for her role as Ada in The Piano.


    • Holly was in the movie End of the Line in 1988.

    • Holly was in the movie Broadcast News in 1987.

    • Holly was in the movie A Gathering of Old Men in 1987.

    • Holly was in the movie Raising Arizona in 1987.

    • Holly was in the movie Blood Simple in 1984.

    • Holly was in the movie Swing Shift in 1984.

    • Holly was in the movie With Intent to Kill in 1984.

    • Holly was in the movie An Uncommon Love in 1983.

    • Holly was in the movie Svengali in 1983.

    • Holly was in the movie The Burning in 1981.

    • Holly and her boyfriend, Gordon, became parents of twins on January 17, 2006.

    • Holly spent a summer interning at Cortland Repertory Theatre in 1976.

    • Holly was a member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.

    • Holly made her Broadway debut in 1982 in Crimes of the Heart.

    • Holly started playing piano at 9.

    • In 10th grade Holly placed 8th nationally in a poultry-judging contest.

    • Holly is married to Janusz Kaminski in 1995 and they divorced in 2001.

    • Holly went on to get roles in a number of Henley's southern gothic plays, including Crimes of the Heart and The Miss Firecracker Contest.

    • After graduation Holly went to New York where she met playwright Beth Henley in a stalled elevator.

    • In 1976 Holly went to Pittsburgh, PA to pursue a degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University.

    • Holly had wonderful support with her family. Her parents encouraged in her talent at an early age, and her first acting part was as Helen Keller in a fifth-grade play.

    • Holly father was a part-time sporting goods company representative and part-time farmer with a 250 acre farm.

    • Holly played M.J. Monahan in the 1995 movie Copycat.

    • Holly was the Narrator for the TV special Eco Challenge New Zealand in 2002.

    • Holly played Barb in the film Little Black Book, in 2004.

    • Holly played Nancy in the film Downloading Nancy, in 2005.

    • Holly will be in the film My Boy playing Philomena Lynott, to be released in 2007.

    • Holly was the youngest of seven children.

    • Holly provided the voice for Helen Parr/Elastagirl/Mrs. Incredible in the Oscar winning Disney/Pixar film, The Incredibles, released in 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Holly Hunter: I really admire people who are extraordinarily tolerant and patient. But it's possible to confuse tolerance and patience with shameful compromise, where you're letting something happen that's a violation of yourself, where you're deceiving yourself and saying, "I will put up with this, because, hey, we're all human and I understand."

    • Holly Hunter: Little kids would come over, and dad would give them one. He used to give them to just his own kids -- he couldn't afford to give them to all kids.

    • Holly Hunter: They used to just give them to their own kids. Dad was a big joker when we were young. I found money in my nuts.

    • Holly Hunter: I don't think that this family is odd. People may have greater or lesser elements of drama in their Thanksgiving Day. But I recognize these people.

    • Holly Hunter: This character, I required no research, I really just brought myself, without my southern accent to the table.

    • (when asked about double motherhood)
      Holly Hunter: It's probably beyond my imagination.

    • Holly Hunter: I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun

    • Holly Huter: It's hard for me to get good work. You don't see me more because it's hard for me to find stuff that I want to do. I would love to work more-I really would-but there is not a lot of stuff around and the stuff that is around is not very complicated; it tends to lie a little flat

    • Holly Hunter:To me, being creative is a very fragile thing, and somehow I've always felt the need to be very protective of that

    • Holly Hunter: I get cold really quickly, but I don't care. I like weather. I never understand why people move someplace so that they can avoid weather

    • Holly Hunter: I've never directed, but it must be humbling

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Holly Hunter is a great actress and I do not know of any other actress that could play her character on Saving Grace. She is a very talented and original actress who I think should have been acting more in movies and television shows.moreless

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    Holly Hunter was born on March 20, 1958 in Conyers, GA and is the youngest of seven children. I enjoyed watching her in the movie Raising Arizona (1987).

    She is very talented and I enjoy her banter with the other cops on the show Saving Grace. I hope that this show runs for a long time.She has also produced some of the shows on Saving Grace and that makes her even more talented in my book. She done a great job playing the mother in Thirteen. This was a difficult movie for me to watch because I did not realize there was so much more peer pressure and I had a thirteen year old daughter and it made me more aware of keeping up with who her friends were as well as the parents. Holly Hunter nailed the character of Melanie Freeland and again this role was created just for her in my book.I will have to say it occasionally goes to extremes but is very convincing with great characters in the hands of three actresses all giving great performances.

    Holly Hunter was also done well with the movie Home For The Holidays with Robert Downey Jr in 1995. They also had a great director in Jodie Foster.moreless
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