Lydia Susanna Hunter knowns as Linda Hunt is an American stage, film, and television character actress known for her resonant voice, small stature, and magnetic performances in a wide variety of roles. She was born on born April 2, 1945, Morristown, New Jersey, and raised in Westport, Connecticut, U.S.
Hunt’s most popular role till date is as the brilliant Assistant Director Hetty Lange on the series NCIS: Los Angeles
Linda Hunt Education Details
Hunt became entranced with the idea of acting when she saw Peter Pan on stage. She studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and at the Goodman School of Drama (now the Theatre School of DePaul University) in Chicago, where she majored in Directing.
Linda Hunt Career Details
After her stint at Goodman School of Drama, Hunt moved to New York City, where she directed and stage-managed at small community theatres before joining the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. She made her professional debut in the theatre in the 1972 production of Hamlet. She played the role of Lucianus. She first appeared on Broadway in 1975, playing Norah in Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!. She also did Broadway in 1977 performing in the Long Wharf production of The Rose Tattoo. She appeared in the television movie Fame, written by Arthur Miller which was telecast in 1978. She won critical acclaim for her performance in A Metamorphosis in Miniature which was an off-off-Broadway production in the year 1982.
Hunt made her movie debut doing a small part in Robert Altman’s Popeye which released in the year 1980. In her second movie appearance, Hunt was given the role of the petite male Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan in Peter Weir’s The Year of Living Dangerously which released in 1982. The movie was set in 1965 in Indonesia which was near the end of the Sukarno regime. Hunt’s portrayal of the complex, enigmatic and contradictory character, who serves as the focal point of the film, earned her an Academy Award for playing a character of opposite gender and making her the first person to do so. She played Joan of Arc in Little Victories and Pope Joan in Top Girls in 1983 and both were Off-Broadway shows. She won critical acclaim for her performance in the Boston Shakespeare Company of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children in 1984 in which she played the title role. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for her leading role in the Broadway production of Arthur Kopit’s End of the World in 1984. She has appeared in the Merchant and Ivory film The Bostonians (1984) and the iconic director David Lynch’s Dune (1984). Hunt’s acting credentials extend to various movies such playing a saloon hostess in Silverado (1985), Portraying the nuanced role of Alice B. Toklas in Waiting for the Moon and perfectly crafted Aunt Dan in the Off-Broadway premiere of Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan and Lemon in the year 1985.
Hunt has also had television appearances and various voice works, asides her repertoire of success in film. She has appeared in The Practice and Without a Trace. However, her most popular role is her portrayal of Henrietta Lange in NCIS: LA from 2009 to date. Her TV persona in NCIS and her share her stature, signature bob, and deep voice making the actress and her role synonyms for viewers. She has also done voice-overs for animated films such as Pocahontas; TV shows such as Carnivale and the God of War video games and has numerous documentaries to her credits.
Linda Hunt Marriage Details
Hunt has been in a happy and exclusive relationship with psychotherapist Karen Kline since 1978. The two got married in 2008.
Linda Hunt Net Worth
Hunt has a net worth of $10 million as a result of her career.
Linda Hunt Body Measurements
Hunt is 4 feet 9 inches (1.45 m) tall and weighs 57kg. During her high school days, she was diagnosed as having hypopituitary dwarfism.
Linda Hunt Awards
Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the year 1983, for portraying a character of the opposite gender, making her the first to do so.