THE BIG SICK
HOLLY HUNTER (Beth) is an Academy Award-winning prominent
actress on both stage and screen and has portrayed a vast array of complex and
powerful characters throughout her career.
Hunter has been nominated for four Academy Awards for the films Broadcast News,
The Firm, The Piano and Thirteen. In 1993, Hunter won the Academy Award and the
award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in The
Piano. In 2008, Hunter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009,
she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.
Also this year, Hunter will star in Strange Weather, a drama about a mother
(Hunter) who, in an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son,
travels the back roads of the deep south to settle a score. Brent Lang of
Variety deemed this "...one of her richest, most lived-in performances." The film,
directed by Katherine Dieckmann, also stars Carrie Coon. Strange Weather
premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016 and it
will be officially released in the US by IFC on Friday, July 28th.
This summer, Hunter begins production on the Alan Ball HBO series, "Here, Now"
which will also star Tim Robbins. The series will tell the story of a
multi-racial family made up of husband, wife, three adopted children from
Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia and one biological child, who find their bonds
Hunter will also appear alongside Tony Shalhoub in Breakable You. The film
premiered at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival but does not yet
have an official release yet.
In 2016, Hunter was seen in the box-office hit Batman v. Superman: Dawn of
Justice, released by Warner Bros. Pictures on March 25, 2016. The film also
starred Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg,
among others. Hunter played Senator Finch who is on the U.S. Senate committee
leading the investigation into Superman and his seemingly non-accountability to
any governing body.
In 2015, Hunter was seen co-starring in the film Manglehorn opposite Al Pacino
and directed by David Gordon Green. Manglehorn premiered at the 2014 at the
Venice Film Festival and was also featured at the 2014 Toronto International
Film Festival. The film was released in June 2015 by IFC.
Also in 2015, Hunter was seen on-stage in the revival of David Rabe's Tony Award
winning play "Sticks and Bones" opposite Richard Chamberlain, Nadia Gan, Morocco
Omari, Bill Pullman, Ben Schnetzer and Raviv Ullman. Directed by Scott Elliot ("Hurlyburly"),
the show opened to rave reviews at The New Group Theater in October and closed
In 2013, Hunter was seen in the Sundance Channel series "Top of the Lake,"
co-starring Elisabeth Moss, written and directed by Academy Award winner, Jane
Campion and co-director, Garth Davis. Hunter played "GJ," a guru at a local
women's camp who becomes involved in the investigation into the disappearance of
a 12-year-old girl that is 5 months pregnant in a picturesque but remote
mountain town. Hunter's performance garnered her a Screen Actor's Guild
Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie
Additionally in 2013, Hunter co-starred in "Paradise," written and directed by
Diablo Cody opposite Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman and Octavia
Spencer. The comedy follows a young conservative woman suffering a crisis of
faith after surviving a plane crash. Hunter also co-starred in the
Lifetime/History series "Bonnie & Clyde," which also starred William Hurt, Emile
Hirsch, and Holliday Grainger.
In 2007, Hunter made her television series debut in TNT's edgy drama, "Saving
Grace" which earned her nominations for two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors
Guild Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Hunter starred as Grace Anadarko, a tormented, fast-living Oklahoma City police
detective who, despite being at the top of her field, took self-destruction to
new heights. After seeing tremendous tragedy in her life, both professionally
and personally, Grace reached a critical point one night and met a rough-hewn
angel (Rippy) with a similar past who wanted to help lead her back to the right
path. Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and written and produced by Nancy Miller
(co-executive producer of "The Closer") "Saving Grace" ended after four seasons
In 2005, Hunter starred in the independent drama Nine Lives, directed by Rodrigo
Garcia. Nine Lives is a series of vignettes which offered glimpses into the
lives of nine women. The film also starred Kathy Baker, Glenn Close and Sissy
Hunter last appeared on-stage in 2004 in Marina Carr's "By the Bog of Cats,"
directed by Dominic Cooke at Wyndham's Theater in London. Hunter played Hester
Swane, an Irish traveler with an unearthly connection to her land, who is
tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her. In 2001, Hunter starred in
the American premiere of the play at the San Jose Repertory Theatre in
In 2003, Hunter was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a mother
dealing with her daughter's wild and rebellious behavior in the film Thirteen,
directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Hunter was also honored with nominations from
the Hollywood Foreign Press, SAG, BAFTA and the Broadcast Film Critics
Association for this role. That same year, Hunter was also seen in the film
Levity starring with Morgan Freeman and Billy Bob Thorton. Levity opened the
2003 Sundance Film Festival and was directed by Ed Solomon.
In 2001, Hunter starred in ABC's "When Billie Beat Bobby" where she portrayed
tennis legend Billie Jean King in the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match
between King and Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs. The role garnered Hunter an
Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie.
In 2000, Hunter was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Showtime's
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her. The film tells stories about love
and loss in the lives of five women. The film won an award in "Un Certain
Regard" at the Cannes Film Festival and also screened at the 2000 Sundance Film
Festival. Hunter also starred in Showtime's original movie Harlan County War,
for which she garnered both an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for Lead
Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
Also in 2000, Hunter appeared in the Coen brothers' film O Brother, Where Art
Thou? with George Clooney and John Turturro and Mike Figgis' Time Code. In 1999,
Hunter starred in Jesus' Son, released by Lion's Gate, opposite Billy Crudup. In
1998, Hunter starred in New Line Cinema's adult-comedy Living Out Loud opposite
Danny Devito, Elias Koteas and Queen Latifah.
In 1993, Hunter received the Academy Award for her performance as a mute
Scottish widow in Jane Campion's The Piano. For this role, she received the
Cannes Film Festival Award, The British Academy Film Award, the New York Film
Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the
National Board of Review Award and a Golden Globe Award, all for Best Actress.
That same year, Hunter garnered an Academy Award nomination for her performance
as the investigative secretary in The Firm, based on the John Grisham novel.
In 1987, Hunter was nominated for another Academy Award for her portrayal of a
driven career-woman producer in the feature film Broadcast News. For this role,
she received the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Film
Critics Award, The National Board of Review Award and the Berlin Film Festival
Award, all for Best Actress.
Other film credits include The Incredibles, Little Black Book, The Big White,
Home For the Holidays, Copycat, Once Around, Always, Raising Arizona, Crash and
A Life Less Ordinary.
In 1982, Hunter made her Broadway debut in Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart"
followed by "The Wake of Jamey Foster." Her other New York stage appearances
include "The Miss Firecracker Contest," "Battery," "The Person I Once Was, " "A
Weekend Near Madison" and "Impossible Marriage."
Hunter co-produced and starred in Beth Henley's "Control Freaks" and produced
Ray Barry's "Mother' Son" at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles.
Her television work includes HBO's "The Positively True Adventures of the
Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom," for which she won the Emmy Award for
Best Actress. This role also garnered her a Golden Globe nomination. Hunter was
awarded the Emmy for her role as Jane Roe in NBC's "Roe vs. Wade."
Hunter resides in New York.
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