Helen Hunt Biography
Date of birth - June 15, 1963
Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth name - Helen Elizabeth Hunt
Height - 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Helen Hunt photo gallery
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
Spouse - Hank Azaria (July 17, 1999 - December 18, 2000) (divorced)
More Interesting Information for Helen Hunt
Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California.
She and her "Mad About You" (1992) co-star, Paul Reiser, were both given $1,000,000 per episode salaries for the 1999 TV season.
Attended UCLA for 1 month.
Celebrates Thanksgiving every year with Anthony Edwards.
Did a guest voice on "The Simpsons" (1989) in episode: #9.16 "Dumbbell Indemnity", as Moe's girlfriend, Renee. The voice of Moe is Hank Azaria, Helen's real life love at that time.
Got role in Twister (1996) based on her performance in The Waterdance (1992).
Daughter of Gordon Hunt.
One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. 
Got the lead in _As Good As It Gets (1997)_ after Holly Hunter turned it down.
After divorcing Hank Azaria, moved to New York, intending to do theater work (esp. Shakespeare). 
Dated Eric Stoltz, her The Waterdance (1992) co-star.
Has won Four Emmys, four Golden Globes, a Blockbuster Award, two Screen Actors Guild awards, four American Comedy Awards, three Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and an Oscar, along with other awards. 
Dated Matthew Broderick.
In the early 1990s, dated her agent at Creative Artists Agency, Doc O'Conner.
Her best friend is Helen Slater.
Witnessed the World Trade Center attacks from the roof of her brand new New York apartment, and decided to leave the city right away, but could not get a flight out. She booked a private jet at considerable expense, and flew herself and her staff out of Connecticut three days later, the first day they allowed private jets to fly. [September 2001]
Dating producer Matthew Carnahan 
Appearing in four movies released in the year 2000, she was in two movies that were in theaters at the same time during the end of the year holiday season that grossed over $150 million each, Cast Away (2000) and What Women Want (2000).
The only actress to win a Golden Globe, an Oscar and an Emmy in the same calendar year.
Daughter, Makena' Lei Gordon Carnahan, born 13 May 2004 with boyfriend Matthew Carnahan
Beat Teri Hatcher for the role of Jamie Buchman in "Mad About You" (1992) at the final auditions.
Shares birthday with Neil Patrick Harris, Leah Remini, Shane Stanley, Ice Cube, and 'Courtney Cox' .
She and her ex-husband Hank Azaria, have both guest-starred on the TV show "Friends" (1994), though not in the same episode.
Her daughter, Makena Lei, was named after a friend's dream which means "many flowers of heaven". The baby's middle name 'Gordon' is in honor of her father, TV director 'Gordon Hunt' .
Has a stepson with her boyfriend Matthew Carnahan.
Frequents Hawaii having first visited when she was 14. Says, "it's where I feel right. I can write here, think, chill, get a clear head."
(March 2003) Appearing at the Circle in the Square Theater's production of Yasmina Reza's play, Life (x) 3.
(June 2005) Received the Maui Film Festival's Stella Award at the Wailea Marriott Ballroom on June 18, 2005.
Personal quotes from Helen Hunt
"To tell you the truth, I don´t have any expensive tastes. I´m just as happy going to a beach and sitting in the sun today as I was ten years ago. I wouldn´t feel comfortable if I drove there in a Bentley convertible."
"I´m not very sexy or glamorous! I have this girl next door kind of look and I have to do the best I can with that."
"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."
"You're not in control of anything. You're not even like a painter, who can say 'I'm just going to go into my studio and do my work, and if nobody wants to buy it, well, maybe they will when I'm dead.' You can't even do that. You're waiting for somebody to hand you a part. You're in this wildly dependent position."
Not having incredible success for a long time probably helped. Of course some 20-year-old beautiful girl, who goes from barely acting to being on the cover [of magazines] ... that's going to be disorienting and confusing, and people can't really be surprised if they have a skewed perspective of their importance in the world, when everyone comes together and tells them they're the most important thing in the world, then hates them for believing it. I didn't go through that. So that was lucky."
"I always used to say absolutely yes, and I didn't miss my childhood, because I was a child on the set, and often I was working with other kids. On the other hand, do I feel like I was too serious, like I had this vocation?"
"My no-good Hollywood liberalism, you mean?. I don't know what the right thing to do is. All I know is that when it's a month before the election, and there are issues that mean so much to me, and someone says 'Put your name and your face on this, it might help', I am moved, and I say yes. Do I think it's a good thing for famous people to put their name and face on stuff? I don't know. When I stop and think about it, maybe, if I want to help, I should just put a baseball hat on, not use my face at all, and be one of the people on the march, write a letter to my congressman, and just be a citizen."
Helen Hunt Filmography
Actress - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s)
Then She Found Me (2006) .... April
Bobby (2006) .... Samantha
Empire Falls (2005) (TV) .... Janine Roby
A Good Woman (2004) .... Mrs. Erlynne
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) .... Betty Ann Fitzgerald
... aka Im Bann des Jade Skorpions (Germany)
One Night at McCool's (2001) (scenes deleted) .... Truck Driver
What Women Want (2000) .... Darcy McGuire
Cast Away (2000) .... Kelly Frears
Pay It Forward (2000) .... Arlene McKinney
Dr T and the Women (2000) .... Bree
... aka Dr. T and the Women (Germany) (USA: alternative spelling)
"Mad About You" .... Jamie Stemple Buchman
- The Final Frontier (1999) TV Episode .... Jamie Stemple Buchman
- The New Friend (1997) TV Episode .... Jamie Stemple Buchman
- Speed Baby (1997) TV Episode .... Jamie Stemple Buchman
- Letters to Mabel (1997) TV Episode .... Jamie Stemple Buchman
- Fertility (1996) TV Episode .... Jamie Stemple Buchman
Twelfth Night, or What You Will (1998) (TV) .... Viola
- Dumbbell Indemnity (1998) TV Episode (voice) .... Renee
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka NBC's Saturday Night (USA: original title)
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
... aka Saturday Night Live '80 (USA: new title)
- Episode #23.9 (1997) TV Episode .... Host
- Episode #19.16 (1994) TV Episode .... Host
As Good as It Gets (1997) .... Carol Connelly
Twister (1996) .... Dr. Jo Harding
Kiss of Death (1995/I) .... Bev Kilmartin
- The One with Two Parts: Part 1 (1995) TV Episode .... Jamie Buchman
In the Company of Darkness (1993) (TV) .... Gina Pulasky
Sexual Healing (1993) .... Rene
Trancers III (1992) (V) .... Lena
... aka Death Lives
... aka Future Cop III
Mr. Saturday Night (1992) .... Annie Wells
Bob Roberts (1992) .... Rose Pondell
Only You (1992/I) .... Clare Enfield
The Waterdance (1992) .... Anna
Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story (1991) (TV) .... Pamela Smart
Trancers II (1991) .... Lena Deth
... aka Future Cop II
... aka Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth (USA: video box title)
... aka Trancers II: The Two Faces of Death
Into the Badlands (1991) (TV) .... Blossom
"My Life and Times" (1991) TV Series .... Rebecca Miller
"The Trials of Rosie O'Neill"
- An Act of Love (1990) TV Episode .... Bridget Kane
"Captain Planet and the Planeteers" (1990) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
... aka The New Adventures of Captain Planet (USA: fourth season title)
- The Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1990) TV Episode .... Amanda 'Sissy' Simpson
Incident at Dark River (1989) (TV) .... Jesse McCandless
... aka Dark River - A Father's Revenge
Next of Kin (1989) .... Jessie Gates
American Playhouse: Land of Little Rain (1989) (TV) .... Mary Austin
The Easter Story (1989) (V) (voice)
... aka Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible: The Easter Story (USA)
The Frog Prince (1988) .... Princess Henrietta
... aka Cannon Movie Tales: The Frog Prince
Miles from Home (1988) .... Jennifer
... aka Farm of the Year
Shooter (1988) (TV) .... Tracey
Stealing Home (1988) .... Hope Wyatt (adult and pregnant)
Project X (1987) .... Teri
... aka Voyageur, Le (France)
- Why Are You Here? (1987) TV Episode .... Donette
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) .... Beth Bodell
"St. Elsewhere" .... Clancy Williams (1984-1986)
- Family Affair (1986) TV Episode .... Clancy Williams
- Family Feud (1986) TV Episode .... Clancy Williams
- Family Ties (1986) TV Episode .... Clancy Williams
- Tears of a Clown (1985) TV Episode .... Clancy Williams
- Homecoming (1984) TV Episode .... Clancy Williams
The Nativity (1986) (voice) .... Mary
Trancers (1985) .... Leena
... aka Future Cop
"Highway to Heaven"
- Thoroughbreds: Part 2 (1985) TV Episode .... Lizzy MacGill
- Thoroughbreds: Part 1 (1985) TV Episode .... Lizzy MacGill
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) .... Lynne Stone
"Galtar and the Golden Lance" (1985) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
Waiting to Act (1985) .... Tracy
Sweet Revenge (1984) (TV) .... Debbie Markham
... aka Bittersweet Revenge
... aka Code of Honor
... aka Her Revenge
Choices of the Heart (1983) (TV) .... Cathy
... aka In December the Roses Will Bloom Again
Quarterback Princess (1983) (TV) .... Tami Maida
Bill: On His Own (1983) (TV) .... Jenny Wells
"It Takes Two" (1982/I) TV Series .... Lisa Quinn
"Gimme a Break!"
- An Unmarried Couple (1982) TV Episode .... Valerie
Desperate Lives (1982) (TV) .... Sandy Cameron
Child Bride of Short Creek (1981) (TV) .... Naomi
- The Bogeyman Will Get You (1981) TV Episode .... Nancy Lawrence
The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981) (TV) .... Kathy Miller
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981) (TV) .... Unknown
I Think I'm Having a Baby (1981) (TV) .... Phoebe
Angel Dusted (1981) (TV) .... Lizzie Eaton
... aka Angel Dust (Europe: English title: video title)
- Step One (1981) TV Episode .... Brenda
- Hitchhiker: Part 2 (1980) TV Episode .... Betsy
"The Facts of Life"
- Dope (1980) TV Episode .... Emily
- Daylight Serenade (1980) TV Episode
- Home Movies (1976) TV Episode .... Robin Task
Transplant (1979) (TV) .... Janice Hurley
"The Bionic Woman"
- Sanctuary Earth (1978) TV Episode .... Princess Aura
"The Fitzpatricks" (1977) TV Series .... Kerry Gerardi
Rollercoaster (1977) .... Tracy Calder
The Spell (1977) (TV) .... Kristina Matchett
"Mary Tyler Moore"
... aka The Mary Tyler Moore Show (USA: promotional title)
- Murray Ghosts for Ted (1977) TV Episode .... Laurie Slaughter
Having Babies (1976) (TV) .... Sharon McNamara
... aka Giving Birth (USA)
- Omega (1976) TV Episode .... Diana
"Swiss Family Robinson" (1975) TV Series .... Helga Wagner (1975-1976)
... aka Island of Adventure (UK)
Death Scream (1975) (TV) .... Teila Rodriguez
... aka Streetkill
... aka The Woman Who Cried Murder
The Swiss Family Robinson (1975) (TV) .... Roberta
All Together Now (1975) (TV) .... Susan Lindsay
"Amy Prentiss" (1974) TV Series .... Jill Prentiss
Pioneer Woman (1973) (TV) .... Sarah Sargeant
... aka Pioneers
Filmography as: Actress, Director, Writer, Producer, Miscellaneous Crew, Herself, Archive Footage
Director - filmography
(In Production) (1990s)
Then She Found Me (2006) (pre-production)
"Mad About You" (1992) TV Series (5 episodes 1998-1999)
Writer - filmography
(In Production) (1990s)
Then She Found Me (2006) (pre-production) (screenplay)
"Mad About You"
- The Final Frontier (1999) TV Episode (story)
Herself - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s)
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
- Episode dated 27 May 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 27 January 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Show with David Letterman"
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 10 May 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 17 May 1996 (1996) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 28 October 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"Tribeca Film Festival Presents" (2003) (mini) TV Series .... Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks (2002) (TV) .... Herself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV) .... Herself
... aka NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration (USA)
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
The Making of 'Cast Away' (2001) (V) .... Herself
"Inside the Actors Studio"
- Episode #7.12 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
The Making of 'Dr. T and the Women' (2001) (V) .... Herself
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
- Episode dated 27 November 2000 (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 17 October 2000 (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 20 May 1999 (1999) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 23 December 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
"HBO First Look"
- Cast Away (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
- Twister (1996) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
- Episode dated 22 May 1999 (1999) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 12 December 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1999) (TV) .... Herself
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999) (TV)
... aka These Friends of Mine (original title)
- Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1 (1998) TV Episode .... Herself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV) .... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Visual Effects
Twister: Ride It Out (1998) .... Herself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (1998) (TV) .... Herself
Getting the Goods on 'As Good As It Gets' (1997) (TV) .... Herself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Scientific & Technical Achievement Awards
1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) (TV)
"The Larry Sanders Show"
- The Breakdown: Part 2 (1993) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Wild West" (1993) (mini) TV Series (voice) .... Abbie Bright
"Late Night with David Letterman"
- Episode dated 30 October 1992 (1992) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 10 September 1992 (1992) TV Episode .... Herself
Making 'Mr. Saturday Night' (1992) (V) .... Herself
"The More You Know" (1989) TV Series .... Herself
"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
... aka The Best of Carson (USA: rerun title)
- Episode dated 17 April 1987 (1987) TV Episode .... Herself
Battle of the Network Stars XIII (1982) (TV) .... ABC Team Contestant
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (2004) (TV) .... Herself
TV's Greatest Sidekicks (2004) (TV)
Michael Moore, el gran agitador (2004) (TV) .... Jamie Stemple Buchman
Pulse Pounders (2002) .... Leena (Trancers sequence)