In the 90s, which many look back on as the last period the world was remotely normal, Helen Hunt was the darling of everyone. The American actress lived in the cloud as one of the most popular and most talented actresses in the country. It wasn’t for no reason either. Shows and films like Mad About You and As Good as It Gets were just some of the acting projects that displayed her recognizable talent to millions around the globe. Then the dreaded 2000s came and she has all but left the scene completely.
Many who were born later or were too young to appreciate her talents might not know who she is. Here is a look through her life, her career in Hollywood, and where she is now. Read below to learn more.
Who is Helen Hunt?
Helen was born to Jane Elizabeth and Gordon Hunt on the 15th of June 1963 in Culver City, California. Her birth to the couple and her life career as an actress could be said to be her destiny. Both her parents worked as creatives and this helped her get an early start on her career as an actress.
Helen’s life as an actress expectedly began pretty early. She starred in her first onscreen role in the 70s, but before she was completely swallowed by the glamour and responsibilities of being a Hollywood actress, she had her formal at Providence High School in Burbank, California, and attended UCLA before she dropped out and gave up formal education completely after a month in the school.
At the beginning of her career, which started at the age of 10 were on television projects like Pioneer Woman and Amy Prentiss. Throughout the rest of the 70s through to the 90s, she appeared every year in one project or the other. She acted alongside big names like Patrick Swayze, Jodie Foster, and Liam Neeson.
Her career continued in an upward trajectory right from her debut to the point she became one of the first two actors to ever be paid $1 million per episode. She achieved the milestone alongside Paul Reiser, whom she starred alongside on Mad About You. A lot of actors and actresses have at least one project that defines their career, which puts them permanently on the map to be talked about for generations to come. For Helen, that project was Mad About You. She not only made a lot of money from the show, but she also earned several major awards, from Golden Globes to the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Her extensive filmography, which includes films like As Good as It Gets, Only You, Peggy Sue Got Married, Miles from Home, and many more, run into a total of over 80 films and television shows. While she has gotten the biggest recognition for her work on Mad About You, she also has an Academy Award for her work on As Good as It Gets as Best Actress while other recognitions come from The Sessions, Twister and Cast Away.
Although she is no longer releasing films and starring in television with the frequency with which she began her career, she is still appearing in projects across Hollywood. Her most recent work in film was in 2018 for a film titled Candy Jar and in television for Shots Fired in 2017. She is also a director who has directed several episodes of multiple television shows. As a director, her credits include shows like This is Us, Splitting Up Together and House of Lies.
As an actress with extensive experience in the industry, Helen Hunt co-owns a production company with Connie Travel, which is called Hunt/Travel Productions. The company is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Helen Hunt has been able to accrue a sizeable wealth from her time as one of the most popular actresses working in Hollywood. Through successes like Mad About You and As Good as It Gets, she has been able to build a net worth of $55 million.
Is Helen Hunt Gay? Husband, Daughter
Helen Hunt is not gay. Helen has been in two high-profile heterosexual relationships since she came onto the scene. She dated Hank Azaria the actor for a while and the couple eventually got married in 1999 but the marriage turned out to be a bad idea as they got divorced 17 months after they tied the knot. Two years after the end of her relationship with Azaria, she got married to Matthew Carnahan, a marriage which for the most part turned out very well. They were married in 2001 and produced a daughter, Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan in 2004. The marriage however ended in 2017, after 16 years of being together.
Helen Hunt’s graceful aging has led to rumors of plastic surgery on the part of the actress. Two doctors have made suggestions of her going under a facelift or getting a Botox or fillers as explanations for her gracefully aging face. All, however, remain rumors as she has neither confirmed nor denied any of them.