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Holly Hunter, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Hunter in THE PIANO.

Holly Hunter: Best Actress 1993: MovieActors.com

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THE PIANO (Drama – R)

Holly Hunter won for her performance as the sexually awakened wife in a mortal struggle with her controlling, domineering husband.











About Holly Hunter (1958 – )

Holly Hunter was born on March 20th, 1958 Conyers, Georgia, to a Georgia farm family; the youngest of seven children. Besides being a farmer on their 250 acre farm, her father, Charles Edward Hunter, also worked part time as a sporting goods rep. Her mother, Opal worked in the home and on the farm.

She graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in drama. She went to New York City, where she met playwright Beth Henley in a stuck elevator. Subsequently, Hunter performed some plum roles in Henley's southern Gothic plays, in Crimes of the Heart and The Miss Firecracker Contest.

Holly Hunter then moved to Los Angeles, where she began her real film career, taking her breakthrough role in Coen Brothers kidnapper story, RAISING ARIZONA, with Nicholas Cage.

"Joel and Ethan had just finished the script of RAISING ARIZONA, (1987), and they asked me to read it and said that they'd written this part for me and would I be interested in doing it? So that was the beginning of my feature film career."

Holly Hunter was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance of television news producer Jane Craig, in the 1987 film, BROADCAST NEWS.

In 1993, she won an Oscar for her lead performance in a non-speaking role, as a mail order bride to a New Zealand planter in THE PIANO. The same year, she was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal in THE FIRM.

In the 2000 Coen Brothers O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? she played a small role in a big way, portraying the wife of escaped con, George Clooney.

Holly Hunter was again nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for her work in the movie THIRTEEN.

Hunter executive produced a number of episodes of the television show, SAVIING GRACE, from 2008-2010. Hunter starred in the series, as a jaded police detective with a heavenly connection.

Holly Hunter marriedthe talented Polish Cinimatographer, Janusz Kaminski, on May 25th, 1995, which turned out to be a mistake. They were divorced on December of 2001. Holly found love second time around with long time boyfriend, actor Gordon MacDonald. On January 17th, 2006, Holly gave birth and they became parents of twin boys: Press MacDonald and Claude McDonald.

Holly Hunter's notable movie credits include...

THE BURNING (1981)
SWING SHIFT (1984)
RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
END OF THE LINE (1987)
broadcast news (1987)
MISS FIRECRACKER (1989)
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (1989)
ALWAYS (1989)
ONCE AROUND (1991)
THE FIRM (1993)
COPYCAT (1995)
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995)
CRASH (1996)
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY (1997)
LIVING OUT LOUD (1998)
JESUS' SON (1999)
WOMAN WANTED (2000)
THINGS YOU CAN TELL BY JUST LOOKING AT HER (2000)
TIMECODE (2000)
O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2000)
DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN
MOONLIGHT MILE (2002)
LEVITY (2003)
THIRTEEN (2003)
LITTLE BLACK BOOK (2004)
THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
NINE LIVES (2005)
THE BIG WHITE (2005)
PORTRAITS IN DRAMATIC TIME (2011)
WON'T BACK DOWN (2012)

JACKIE (2012)
PARADISE (2013)
MANGLEHORN (2014)
WEIGHTLESS (2015)

Holly Hunter's television credits include...

SVENGALI (TV MOVIE)(1983)
WITH INTENT TO KILL (TV Movie) 1984)
A GATHERING OF OLD MEN (1987)
THE POSITIVELY TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE ALLEGED TEXAS CHEERLEADER ('93)
MUDERING MOM (TV Movie) (1993)
CRAZY IN LOVE (TV Movie) (1992)
ROE VS. WADE (TV Movie) (1989)
HARLAN COUNTY WAR (1989)
CRAZY IN LOVE( TV MOVIE)(1992)
WHEN BILLIE BEAT BOBBY (2001)

THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (2001)
TOP OF THE LAKE (MINI-SERIES)(2013)
BONNIE AND CLYDE (TV MINI-SERIES 2013)
SAVING GRACE (TV SERIES 2007-2010)

TOP OF THE LAKE (MINI-SERIES)(2013)


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Holly Hunter in THE PIANO.

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Holly Hunter in THE FIRM (1993).

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Holly Hunter in CRASH (1996).

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Holly Hunter in O BROTHER,
WHERE ART THOU?
(2000).


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Holly Hunter in RAISING ARIZONA (1987).