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Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an Emmy and Academy Award-winning American actress.
Hunt was born in Culver City, California to Gordon Hunt, a half-Jewish film director, and Jane Novis, a Methodist photographer. The daughter of an acting coach, she showed interest in acting as a child. In the 1970s and 1980s, she appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies.
Hunt began her career in the 1970s as a child actress. Her early roles included an appearance as Murray Slaughter's daughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and a regular role in the television series Swiss Family Robinson. She appeared as a marijuana smoking classmate on an episode of The Facts of Life. She also memorably appeared as a young woman who, while on LSD, jumps out of a second story window, in an after school special.
In the 1990s, Hunt became well-known to television audiences as co-star of sitcom Mad About You with screen partner Paul Reiser, winning Emmy Awards for her performance in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. By the end of the show in 1999, Hunt was the highest paid TV actress in history, earning $1 million per episode.
Hunt has also had a successful film career and has been in Hollywood movies such as Cast Away and the 1996 blockbuster Twister. After winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1998 for her performance in As Good as It Gets, she took time off from movie work to play Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
In 2000, Hunt returned to the screen in four films: Dr. T & the Women with Richard Gere, Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey & Haley Joel Osment, What Women Want with Mel Gibson, and Cast Away with Tom Hanks. In 2003, she returned to Broadway in Yasmina Reza's Life x 3. She currently owns a production company with Connie Tavel, Hunt/Tavel Productions under Sony.
In 2006, Hunt will appear in the film Bobby, which is scheduled for a November 22 release. She is also scheduled to start filming Then She Found Me, with Woody Harrelson and Diane Keaton, which she will direct as well as star.
Hunt holds many awards records. She is the only actress to win a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and an Emmy Award in the same year (1998), the only actress to win four consecutive Emmys, and the only actress to win four Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.