Helen Elizabeth Hunt is an actress and director from the United States. Hunt received three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series for her portrayal of Jamie Buchman in the sitcom ‘Mad About You’, for which she catapulted to stardom.
|Net Worth:||$75 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jun 15, 1963 (59 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Television Director, Television producer, Voice Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Businessperson|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Early Life of Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt was born on June 15, 1963, in Culver City, California, into a family involved in the entertainment business.
Her father Gordon Hunt worked as a film, voice, and stage director as well as an acting coach, and her mother Jane was a photographer.
When Helen was three years old, the family relocated to New York City. Because her father directed theater in the city, Hunt frequently attended shows.
By the time Helen Hunt was nine years old, Hunt knew she wanted to be an actor. At that time, she also got her first agent and a part in the 1973 television film “Pioneer Woman.”
In addition, she had recurring roles on “The Swiss Family Robinson,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bionic Woman,” and other vintage television programs throughout the 1970s.
In the middle and latter part of the 1980s, Hunt frequently made appearances in studio movies aimed at young audiences, such as significant roles in “Trancers” from 1984 and a leading role in “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” alongside Sarah Jessica Parker (1985.)
She was cast as the daughter of a divorcing couple in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Peggy Sue Got Married” in 1986.
Helen Hunt’s Success
Hunt traded in her modest roles for bigger achievements in the 1990s. She first gained notoriety in the United States when she starred in the hugely successful sitcom “Mad About You” from 1992 to 1999.
In contrast to Paul Reiser, who portrayed the other half of the married pair, she portrayed Jamie Buchman, a public relations specialist in New York City.
Hunt became well-known thanks to her endearing and funny depiction of Jamie. The series finale was one of the episodes that Hunt also directed.
Because of the show’s popularity during the award season and high ratings, the two actors received widespread appreciation.
Most Lucrative Actress
Helen made $1 million per episode at the height of “Mad’s” popularity, or almost $20 million every season. She briefly held the title of highest-paid television actress in the world as a result.
Being paid $1 million every episode, she is the first female television actress in history. She established this record four years before the “Friends” cast members did.
She started coming back to the big screen in 1996 when she starred alongside Bill Paxton in the box office smash “Twister,” in which she played a storm chaser in the Midwest.
The second-highest-grossing film that year was “Twister.” For her performance with Jack Nicholson in the romantic comedy “As Good as it Gets” a year later, she received critical acclaim and an Oscar.
She portrayed a waitress who is a single mother and falls in love with a misogynistic romance author (Nicholson). The film’s casting decisions and Nicholson and Hunt’s breathtaking on-screen chemistry were praised by critics.
In 2000, Hunt released four movies, one of which was the comedy “Dr. T & The Women,” in which Richard Gere also starred. She co-starred with Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson in “Cast Away,” where she played the female protagonist.
These were tremendous box office hits that helped Hunt’s career and notoriety advance. Hunt made her feature film directing debut with the 2007 picture “Then She Found Me,” in which she also starred.
Both critics and viewers found the movie to be uninteresting. In “The Sessions,” which also starred William H. Macy and Hawkes, Hunt played the sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen-Greene.
It was one of her most dramatic roles to date. She received praise for her vulnerable performance and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as a result.
Helen produced, wrote, and starred in the drama “Ride” in 2014. She continued directing sitcoms and series in the years that followed, including “This Is Us,” until making a comeback in 2017 with the Louis C.K. comedy “I Love You, Daddy.”
However, because of the sexual misconduct allegations against C.K., the movie was never released in theaters. Later the same year, she played journalist Nancy Campbell in the BBC series “World on Fire.” She then starred in the 2019 horror film “I See You.”
What is the Net Worth of Helen Hunt?
Helen Hunt has a net worth of $75 million as an American actress, film director, and screenwriter. She is most well-known for her role in the 1990s sitcom “Mad About You.”
At the height of “Mad About You’s” popularity, Helen earned $1 million per episode. This made her temporarily the best-paid television actress in the world and remains one of the biggest episode fees ever paid to a performer.
For her performance in “Mad About You,” Helen Hunt received Emmy Awards in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. She received nominations for seven consecutive years and won the last four.
Hunt received the Best Actress Oscar in 1998 for her performance as Carol Connelly in the motion picture “As Good as It Gets.” Over the years, she has been nominated for 31 awards and has won 15.
Personal Life of Helen Hunt
In 1994, Hunt began dating Hank Azaria, an additional Mad About You cast member. After getting married in July 1999, the couple divorced in August 2000.
Their separation became official on December 18, 2000. Prior to divorcing in 2017, Hunt and producer Matthew Carnahan had been dating for 16 years. Makena Lei, the couple’s daughter, was born in May 2004.
Helen earned $8.3 million from the 2002 sale of a 10-acre, custom-built Hollywood Hills house. She never actually resided in the house she purchased in 1997.
She initially purchased a one-acre lot and demolished the mansion that was there. She acquired six adjacent acres over the course of the next two years.
Helen had purchased a property in Brentwood, Los Angeles, the previous year. She still has ownership of this house.
Recognition & Achievements
Helen Hunt won numerous awards for her work in “Mad About You,” including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Television Series.
Her work in the movie As Good as It Gets earned her an Academy Award. Numerous awards were given to Helen Hunt for her work in “The Sessions.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Helen Hunt’s Age?
Helen Hunt is 58 years old at present (June 15, 1963).
How Much Money Does Helen Hunt Make?
Helen Hunt’s annual income is approximately $7 million.
What is Helen Hunt’s Height?
Helen Hunt’s height is 1.70 m (5′ 8″).