Hunt, Helen (1963–)

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Hunt, Helen (1963–)

American actress. Born Helen Elizbeth Hunt, June 15, 1963, in Los Angeles, CA; dau. of Gordon Hunt (director and acting coach); m. Hank Azaria (actor), July 1999 (div. 2000); children: Makena'lei Gordon Carnahan (b. 2004).

Made professional debut at age 9; appeared on tv series "Amy Prentiss" (1974), "Swiss Family Robinson" (1975), "It Takes Two" (1982), "St. Elsewhere" (1984–86), and, with Paul Reiser, starred in "Mad About You" (1992–99); won an Academy Award for Best Actress for performance in As Good As It Gets (1997); other films include Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Bob Roberts (1992), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Twister (1996), Pay It Forward (2000), Cast Away (2000) and A Good Woman (2000).