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Kim Hunter, Award Winner –


Kim Hunter: Best
Supporting Actress 1951:

A Streetcar Named Desire (Drama – PG)

Kim Hunter won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing Stella (Blanche du Bois' sister).

About Kim Hunter (1922 – 2002)
Kim Hunter studied at the Actors Studio. She began acting in Miami in 1939, in the theater. Later she moved to LA, when she was discovered and signed to a 7 year contract with David O. Selznick.

In 1947, she wowed audiences and critics in the Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway. When she reprised her role in the film adaptation in 1951, with Marlon Brando, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Hunter remarked on the casting process in the film, "It was not at all certain I would do the movie. As a matter of fact, I had to test for it twice. First, I did a film test in New York with Elia Kazan. Then I got a call telling me to come to California for another test. They weren't happy with my hair. Vivien Leigh was going to wear a blonde wig, and for some reason they wanted me to be blonde as well – as if sisters always have the same hair color. So I bleached my hair and got the part. Later Kazan said to me, 'There was no way I was going to direct the film with anybody else but you playing Stella.'"

Shortly after her triumph, Kim Hunter was blacklisted as a Communist sympathizer, when Elia Kazan gave up her name to the HUAC Committee.

Still, Hunter found work in television as a guest actor. In the '60s, she played on dramatic presentations, such as The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1957), Alcoa Theater (1958), Rawhide (1959), Playhouse 90 (1956-1960), The United States Steel Hour (1956 & 1962). Kim Hunter also guest starred in popular television series, such as Dr. Kildare (1965), Mannix (1967 & 1970), Gunsmoke (1971), and many more programs, until a year before her death.

In 1968, Concurrent with her television work, she was cast in the popular Sci-Fi movie Planet of the Apes. Hunter played Zira, an ape behavioral scientist who studies a crashed human astronaut, played by Charleton Heston. Zira becomes embroiled in controversy with her colleagues, over his supposed intelligence. She reprised her role in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) and Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971).

Kim Hunter's notable movie credits include...

A Matter Of Life And Death
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Deadline U.S.A. (1952)
Storm Center (1956)
Bermuda Affair (1956)
Lilith (1964)
The Swimmer (1968)
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)
Dark August (1976)
The Kindred (1987)
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil (1997)
Price Above Rubies (1998)
Out Of The Cold (1999)
The Hiding Place (1960)
Here's To Life (2000)

Kim Hunter's television credits include...

Dial Hot Line (TV Movie) (1970)
In Search Of America (TV Movie)
The Magician (TV Series 1973)
Born Innocent (1974)
Ellery Queen (TV Series 1975)
Once An Eagle (TV Mini-Series 1976)
Blue Moon (TV Movie) (1999)
As The World Turns (TV Series 1997)
The Edge Of Night (TV Series 1979-1980)
Three Sovereigns For Sarah (1985)


Kim Hunter in
A Streetcar Named Desire



Kim Hunter in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971).