Helen Hunt is an American actress and director. She has been the recipient of a number of awards, including an Academy Award, four Emmy Awards, and a Best Original Screenplay nod for her role as the manipulative wife of an unfaithful husband in the Coppelia screenplay she wrote and directed. She has also had some stage appearances, most notably in the revival of King John, opposite Mickey Fiore and Christopher Walken. Her other film credits include Love, Laughter and Machines, and We Are Marshall. Helen Hunt is perhaps best known to American audiences for her portrayal of the manipulative nursemaid in the movie Anastasia Steele in the movie Anastasia and the Empire.
Helen Hunt has also had some other interesting stints in Hollywood. She was married to Jack Lemmon in the 1980 film A Time to Kill and divorced him in the same year. Her other films include The Bodyguard, The Perfect Storm, and The Game. As an actress, Helen Hunt has made quite a name for herself, and her contributions to both the big and small screens has earned her the recognition of not only American audiences but also international audiences. Her popular TV shows on both Showtime and SyFy include Deal or No Deal, appearing as a romantic lead opposite Ed Harris, and We Are Marshall, which focused on a divorced mother and daughter living in New York City. Helen Hunt has also received an award for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Satellite Awards in 2021.
Helen Hunt has also made several television episode of her own, which could be seen on either network or cable television. Her first directorial film debut was the medical drama Shelly (winner of a Writers Guild Award for Best Television Series), and her second directorial film debut came in the finale of the spinoff of ER. Her final feature film was the romantic comedy/thriller You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
Helen Hunt’s other early life experiences include working as an assistant to renowned attorney and screenwriter John Le Carrut, who are best known for his script treatments for some of the most beloved movies of all time, such as Scarface, True Blood, and Spider Man; and being a production assistant for another celebrated screenwriter, rewriting a novelization of the Lord of the Rings, while attending college. Later in her life, she would also become a teacher, before becoming one of the biggest thrillers ever in the UK when she starred in the movie The Bodyguard. After her stint in Hollywood, Helen Hunt became involved in the world of finance with her first novel, The Fall, which was turned into a hit film of the same name. Helen Hunt has also worked with some very notable directors, producing such movies as Wall Street: The Movie, and Money For Nothing.
Helen Hunt’s greatest acting triumph may perhaps be her turn as a mother in the hugely successful sitcom Happy Days. This was a show that not only featured her great friend, Jennifer Aniston, but also featured the likes of Dan Aykroyd, John Ritter, and multiple sclerosis patient, Ed O’Neil. Though the show lasted only one season on ABC, it was a ratings success and led to a spin-off with the same cast, The Good Wife. Helen Hunt also had a small role in the film adaptation of the aforementioned book, Pretty Woman, playing the character of Meg.
Helen Hunt’s acting career did not end there, however. She went on to star as a love interest for Tom Hanks in the movie St. Elsewhere, as well as appearing in a number of other successful films, including The Perfect Score, Cast Away, A History Of Violence, and A Country Girl. As well as her numerous movie roles, Helen Hunt also served for several years in the employ of a Washington D.C. based practicing psychiatrist, contributing a column for newspapers around the time, and even writing a few books on the subject. Helen Hunt was married to fellow Hollywood star Donny Stallone from 1984 until 1996. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her son, Thomas.