Linda Hunt Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 16 Jul, 2018
Facts of Linda Hunt
Date of Birth: 1945 , April-2
Age: 73 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 4 Feet 9 inch
Name Linda Hunt
Birth Name Lydia Susanna Hunter
Nick Name Linda
Father Raymond Davy Hunt
Mother Elsie Hunt
Birth Place/City Morristown, New Jersey
Profession Actor, Narrator
Net Worth $6 million
Famous for Winning first Oscar Award
Married to Karen Klein
Children None
Education DePaul University
Awards Golden Globe award, Oscar Award, Tony Award, Australian Film Institute Awards
Movies The Year of Living Dangerously, She-Devil, Dune
TV Show American Experience, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the “Final Solution” (2005)
Sisters Marcia
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Linda Hunt is recognized as an American film, TV and stage actress. She is most known for her portrayal of Billy Kwan(male role) in The Year of Living Dangerously(1982). She is also known for her booming voice, magnetic performances and small height in a wide variety of roles. She was the first actor to win an Oscar for playing an opposite-sex role as Billy Kwan.  

Early Life Of Linda Hunt

Hunt was born on April 2, 1945, in Morristown, New Jersey, United States. She is the daughter of Raymond Davy Hunt, former vice president of Harper Fuel Oil and Elsie Hunt, a piano teacher at the Westport School of Music. Hunt was raised in Westport, CT.

She was misdiagnosed with cretinism at six months of age. And she was precisely diagnosed with hypo-pituitary dwarfism, it is a disease in which the pituitary gland fails to release enough growth hormone.

CAPTION: Linda Hunt Childhood Photo SOURCE: entertainmentwise

As a result, Hunt grew up an unusual overachiever, courageous by her condition. She has a sister named Marcia who is 5 years older than her. 

Hunt attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Goodman School of drama in Chicago, Illinois which as of now is part of DePaul University. 

Linda Hunt's Career 

When Hunt was just 12, she took her first step at acting in a production of Flibbertigibbet at Westport's famed Silver Nutmeg Theatre. She made her official debut in the theatre appearing in the 1972 production of Hamlet, playing Lucianus. 

In 1975 she made  Broadway debut in Ah, Wilderness and also performed in the Long Wharf production of The Rose Tattoo in 1977. A year later she again appeared in the TV movie Fame and won appreciation for her performance in A Metamorphosis in Miniature. 

Hunt debuted in film appearing in Popeye, a musical comedy of Robert Altman which was released in 1980. Two years later she got a huge breakthrough playing the role of Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously of Peter Weir. 

CAPTION: Linda Hunt holding an Award SOURCE: WikiNetworth

In 1983, Hunt was honored with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the male Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan. She also became the first person to win an Oscar for playing a role of the opposite sex. 

In an interview with the Bomb magazine, Hunt mentioned that Billy Kwan

"is supra-personal [with] layers of sexual ambiguity."

She was praised for her role in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. Also, she won a  nomination for a Tony Award the following year for her main role in the Broadway production of Arthur Kopit's End of the World

Furthermore, she appeared in many other movies like The Bostonians (1984),  Dune (1984), Silverado (1985) and Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985).

Her later films comprised She-Devil in 1989 which was based on a novel by Fay Weldon. She has a resonant voice which can be heard in various commercials, cartoons, and documentaries such as the Disney animated feature Pocahontas (1995).

She got recognition as a narrator from the TV miniseries Auschwitz: The Nazis and the “Final Solution” (2005), God of War (2005) series of video games. In addition, she also played Commander Chennault in the sci-fi TV series Space Rangers (1993-94) and again played the recurring role of a judge in The Practice. 

Linda Hunt's Net Worth

Active in the acting industry since 1976, she garnered an impressive net worth which is estimated to be around $6 million. One of her famous movie The Year of Living Dangerously accumulated $10.3 million at the box office against a budget of $4.4 million.  Her other movie Yours, Mine & Ours collected $72 million at the box office made under the budget of $45 million.

Linda Hunt's Personal Life

Linda Hunt is openly gay. She is a married woman, tied the knot with Karen Klein, a psychotherapist, in 2008. However, both were together since 1978. Despite gaining worldwide fame, she maintained to keep her personal affairs away from the limelight.

She and her partner are living in a historic neighborhood in Hollywood, California along with their pets. Their home is of 20th century American Craftsman style. Hunt is also an ambassador for the Best Friends Animal Society

CAPTION: Linda Hunt with her husband Karen Klein SOURCE: stuff.co.nz

Body Measurements

Height- 4 Feet 9 inch

Weight- 65 kg 

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