Helen Hunt was born on June 15, 1963, in California, Culver City. She had begun studying drama by age 9. Helen decided to start her acting career early, after her first role. She played in the 1973 TV movie, Pioneer Woman. Nowadays she is popular due to medical drama St. Elsewhere. The actress has starred in the sitcom Mad About You, for which she won four Emmys, starred opposite Paul Reiser. Her career developed rapidly. In 1996, Hunt starred in the box-office hit Twister and in 1997 she won the Best Actress Academy Award for As Good As It Gets.
Being the daughter of Gordon Hunt, an acting coach and theater director, and Jane Hunt, a photographer, the actress grew up in LA and NY. Seeing the popular life of their parents every day, from year to year, young Helen increasingly wanted to continue the dynasty. By age 9, she had her own agent and had landed a role in the television movie Pioneer Woman.
After her amazing appearing in such TV series as Amy Prentiss (1974-75), Swiss Family Robinson (1975-76), The Fitzpatricks (1977-78) and It Takes Two (1982-83), young Helen firstly felt that really liked to make movies. In 1982 she found an episodic role on the medical melodrama St. Elsewhere. Woman received recognition for her role the 1983 television movie Quarterback Princess. There she played a high school girl bent on leading her school’s otherwise all-male football team to the state championships.
Helen Hunt made her feature film debut in 1977 with the unforgettable television movie Rollercoaster. By and by, she had backer roles in such films as Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) starring Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage, The Waterdance (1992) starring Eric Stoltz and Mr. Saturday Night (1992) starring Billy Crystal. She first received the status of star for the role as careerist woman and wife Jamie Buchman on the favored by many TV sitcom Mad About You. Within all seven seasons (1992-’99), Helen won four coherent Emmy Awards from 1996-99 and became one of America’s best loved TV couples with costar Paul Reiser.
Big screen success
Hunt’s patience and a little effort finally helped her to get big-screen success in the latter half of the 1990s. In 1996, she starred with Bill Paxton in the summer action blockbuster Twister, which was the most top-grossing film of that year. In a year, she won nourishing affection from both critics and audiences — along with an Academy Award for Best Actress — for her star turn as a long-suffering single mother and waitress alongside Best Actor winner Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets (1997), written and directed by James L. Brooks.
Albeit Hunt’s Oscar award sent her straight to Hollywood’s A-list, she made her next starring appearance on stage, where was playing the androgynously bewitching Viola in an acclaimed 1998 production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In 2000, it was a great comeback to the big screen with some long-awaited movies, including Pay It Forward, costarring Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment; What Women Want, costarring Mel Gibson; Dr. T and the Women, starring Richard Gere; and Cast Away, costarring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis.
In 2001, Hunt played with writer-director Woody Allen in Allen’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, a 1940s-era detective comedy also featuring Dan Ackroyd and Charlize Theron.
In 2007, there was Helen’s made directorial film debut with Then She Found Me. Also the actress starred in the dramatic comedy along with Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler and Colin Firth. Hunt played a supporting role in the 2011 story, based on real events, Soul Surfer with Dennis Quaid. She and Quaid appeared as the parents of a young female surfer who loses her arm in a shark attack.
In 2012, Hunt again beginning to be a director. This time to helm an episode of Californication starring David Duchovny. She also starred in the well-received independent drama The Sessions opposite John Hawkes. Helen plated a sex therapist who works with a man in a iron lung in the movie. It picked up several wins at the Sundance Film Film Festival.
Hunt, who previously dated her Project X costar Matthew Broderick, married her longtime boyfriend, actor Hank Azaria, in July 1999. The couple separated in August 2000 and later divorced. In May 2004, Hunt and her beau, writer-producer Matthew Carnahan, welcomed a baby girl, Makena Lei.