After getting her feet wet with numerous TV performances, a young Hunt kicked off her movie career with the unforgettable drama/thriller Rollercoaster (1977), playing the supporting role of Tracy Calder, opposite the film’s stars George Segal and Richard Widmark.
Background: “On a professional level, an Oscar means that your salary suddenly increases by a few million and you get offered a lot more movies which in the past you had to beg to have a chance to read for.” Helen Hunt American television and movie star Helen Hunt won Academy Award’s Best Actress for her star turn as Carol Connelly, a single mother and waitress who becomes involved with Jack Nicholson’s character, in James L. The eye-catching performance also garnered Hunt such awards as a Golden Satellite award, a Golden Globe award, a Screen Actors Guild award, an American Comedy award and a Blockbuster Entertainment award.
On the small screen, Hunt gained fame and critical acclaim while portraying the attractively neurotic Jamie Buchman in the weekly comedy series “Mad About You” (NBC, 1992-99), in which she picked up four Emmy awards, three Golden Globe awards, two American Comedy awards and a Screen Actors Guild award.
A native of Culver City, California, Helen relocated with her family to New York City when she was three, and by the time they moved back to Los Angeles, 9-year-old Helen had decided she wanted to become an actress.
Studying acting with her father by age 8, the young girl soon landed her first acting job as Sarah Sargeant in the television movie Pioneer Woman (1973).
She has one daughter, Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan (born on May 13, 2004), with her lover, producer Matthew Carnahan.
Mad About you Raised by an acting coach father, Helen Hunt was exposed to theater from an early age and soon developed a passion for acting.
She was educated at the Providence High School in Burbank from September 1978 to June 1981 and attended the University of California in Los Angeles, but dropped out of college after two months. Helen became engaged to actor Hank Azaria (born on April 25, 1964) in 1997 and the couple exchanged wedding vows on July 17, 1999.
In May 2000, however, they became estranged and Helen filed for divorced five months later on December 18, 2000.
The next decade saw Hunt even busier with her work on the big and small screen.
She starred as Rebecca Miller in the drama series “My Life and Times” (1991), played Blossom in the television movie Into the Badlands (1991), reprised her role of Lena for the sequel Trancers II (1991) and had the title character in the TV movie Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story (1991).
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