Holly Hunter who is best known for her roles in films and TV shows like “The Piano“, “Broadcast News” and “The Bug Sack” is an American actress who has been active in the industry since 1981. She came into prominence after appearing in “Raising Arizona”.

Quick Info 
Full NameHolly Patricia Hunter
Date of BirthMarch 20, 1958
Birth PlaceConyers, Georgia, U.S.
Parent(s)Opal Marguerite and Charles Edwin
Weight60 kg
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Janusz Kamiński
​​(m. 1995; div. 2001)
Gordon MacDonald (2001-present)
Net worthUS $16 million

She is the voice behind the iconic character of Elastigirl in “The Incredibles” and “The Incredibles 2”. She has won various prestigious awards including Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and BAFTA Awards to name a few. 


How was Holly’s childhood like?

Holly Hunter’s full name is Holy Patricia Hunter. She was born to parents Opal Marguerite and Charles Edwin on March 20 of 1958 in Conyers which is located in Georgia, USA. Her mother was a housewife whereas her father was a farmer who also worked as a representative for a sports company. She went to Rockdale County High School. She started acting while in high school. She performed in several plays like “Oklahoma” and “Fiddler on the Roof”.

After graduating from high school, Holly Hunter went to Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated with a degree in drama. After college, she went to NYC. While in NYC, she lived with Frances McDormand. Hunter was cast in the plays “Crimes of the Heart” and “The Miss Firecracker Contest” by Beth Henley. Their meeting was a fluke as they met while trapped in an elevator for around 10 minutes. This contact led to her being cast in her plays as they had a good conversation in the elevator. 

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How did Hunter start her Career?

Holly Hunter made her film debut in the year 1981 with the film titled “The Burning” in which she played the role of  Sophie. In 1984, she appeared in the film titled “Swing Shift” as Jeannie alongside Kurt Russell. The same year, she appeared in “Blood Simple” as Helene Trend.


 In 1987, Holly Hunter appeared in the film “Raising Arizona” as Edwina “Ed” McDunnough, in the film “End of the Line’ as Charlotte Haney, and in “Broadcast News’ as Jane Craig. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Jane.

In 1989, she appeared in “Miss Firecracker” as the character named Carnelle Scott, in the film “Animal Behavior” as Coral Grable, and in the film “Always” as Dorinda Durston. 1991 saw her appear in the film “Once Around” as Renata Bella. In 1993, she appeared in the film titled “The Piano” as Ada McGrath. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for this role. The same year, she appeared in “The Firm” as Tammy Hemphill. For it, She was nominated for an Academy Award.

In 1995, she acted in the film “Copycat” as M.J. Monahan. The same year, she appeared in the film “Home for the Holidays” as Claudia Larson. From 1996 to 2000, she appeared in films like “Crash” in which she acted as Helen Remington, “Living Out Loud” in which she appeared as Judith Moore, “Timecode” in which she acted as Renee Fishbone and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in the role of Penny. In 2001, she appeared as herself at the “Festival in Cannes”. The following year, in 2002, she appeared in the film “Moonlight Mile” as Mona Camp.

2003 saw her play the role of Adele Easley in the film “Levity“, “Thirteen” as Melanie. In 2004, she played the role of Barb Campbell-Dunn in the film “Little Black Book” which was directed by Nick Hurran. The same year, she voiced Helen Parr/Elastigirl in the film “The Incredibles”. She reprised this role in the film titled “The Incredibles 2” in 2018. In 2005, she appeared in the film “Nine Lives” as Sonia and in the film “The Big White” as Margaret Barnell. In 2011, she appeared in “Portraits in Dramatic Time” as herself.

In 2012 Holly Hunter appeared in “Won’t Back Down‘ as Evelyn Riske. 2013 saw her appear in the film “Paradise” as Mrs. Mannerhelm. The following year, in 2014, she appeared in “Manglehorn” as Dawn. In 2016, she appeared in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as Senator Finch. 2017 saw her portray the role of Eleanor Weller in the film “Breakable You”. The same year, she appeared in “The Big Sick” as Beth Gardner. In 2019, she appeared in “Mobians from Space” as Dawn-Elizabeth Charles.

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Who is Holly married to?

Holly Hunter got married to Janusz Kamiński in 1995. Kamiński is a cinematographer. They got divorced in 2001. She started dating Gordon MacDonald in 2001. Gordon is an actor from England. They first met while working on “By the Bog of Cats”. Hunter gave birth to the couple’s first children, a set of twins in January of 2006. The twins are named Claude and Press. Hunter doesn’t follow any religion. Hunter is deaf in her left ear. It was caused due to her being infected by mumps when she was a child. Due to this, scenes in films are modified for her. 


Body Measurement

Holly Hunter stands 5 feet and 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 60 kg as of now. As of December of 2020, she is 62 years old. She can be recognized by her dark brown eyes, wavy blonde hair, and fair skin tone. 

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Net Worth

Holly Hunter’s net worth is estimated to be around US$ 16 million as of December 2020. She makes most of her fortune from acting in films and TV shows. Alongside being an actress, she is also a producer.