HELEN HUNT has enjoyed a diverse career not only as an Emmy and Oscar award winning actress, but more recently as an accomplished writer, director and producer. As an actress, her extensive and diverse body of work includes roles in film, theater, and television. Recently, Hunt completed two independent film projects - Steven Bernstein's DECODING ANNIE PARKER as well as Ben Lewin's THE SESSIONS opposite John Hawkes and William H. Macy. THE SESSIONS premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and took home the Audience Award as well as the Jury Prize for Best Ensemble. Following it's instant success at Sundance, the film was quickly sold to and distributed by indie giant Fox Searchlight for a festival record. As a successful artist and behind-the-scenes decision maker in a male dominated industry, Hunt continues to blaze a trail for women to shatter the glass ceiling.
Some of Hunt's most notable work includes TV's "Mad About You", the highly honored film AS GOOD AS IT GETS, and the critically acclaimed HBO Miniseries "Empire Falls". For her role as Jamie Buchman in "Mad About You", Hunt garnered four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (three as lead actress and one as Producer for Best Comedy), and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also named "Best Actress" for her role in AS GOOD AS IT GETS which earned Hunt the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Oscar.
Continuing to build on a career that's spanned decades, Hunt's growing film credits include: SOUL SURFER; EVERY DAY; BOBBY; THEN SHE FOUND ME (which Hunt also co-wrote, produced, and directed); AS GOOD AS IT GETS; WHAT WOMEN WANT; CASTAWAY; A GOOD WOMAN; Woody Allen's THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION; Robert Altman's DR. T AND THE WOMEN; PAY IT FORWARD; and TWISTER.
Hunt has directed television episodes of "Mad About You"; "The Paul Reiser Show" and most recently Showtime's "Californication". In 2007, she directed her first feature film THEN SHE FOUND ME based on a novel by Elinor Lipma. Hunt also co-wrote, produced, and starred in this critically acclaimed and commercially successful film opposite Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick, and Bette Midler.
Hunt is equally accomplished theater actress who most recently reprised the role of 'Stage Manager' in David Cromer's latest production of Our Town at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Ms. Hunt first played the role in the 2010 New York production at the Barrow Street Theater. Additional theater credits include Twelfth Night (Viola) at Lincoln Center and Life X Three at Circle in the Square Theater; Taming of the Shrew at NYSF-Shakespeare in the Park; Been Taken at EST; Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) at the Shakespeare Center L.A; The Guys and Methusalem with the Actor's Gang; The Value of Names at the Skylight Theatre; and Love Letters in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.
A Los Angeles native, Hunt grew up in an artistic environment. Her father, Gordon Hunt, is a director and respected acting coach. Hunt currently lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Matthew Carnahan, her daughter Makena Lei and her stepson Emmett.