Kim Hunter

Kim Hunter (November 12, 1922September 11, 2002) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress.

Early life

Hunter was born Janet Cole in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Donald Cole and Grace Lind. She attended Miami Beach High School.


Hunter's first film role was in the famous film noir The Seventh Victim in 1943.

Hunter performed in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), playing the role of Stella Kowalski. She appeared in the 1951 film, for which she won both the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture.

She appeared opposite Mickey Rooney in the 1957 live broadcast of The Comedian, a harrowing drama written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.

She was blacklisted from film and television in the 1950s, amid suspicions of communism in Hollywood, during the McCarthy Era.

Her other major film roles include David Niven's love interest in the classic film A Matter of Life and Death (1946), and Zira the chimpanzee scientist in the first three of the Planet of the Apes series. She also appeared in several soap operas, most notably as Nola Madison on The Edge of Night, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1980 as Best Actress. She also starred in several episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in the mid seventies.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Kim Hunter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1617 Vine Street and a second star at 1715 Vine Street.


In 2002, Kim Hunter died of cardiac arrest in New York City at the age of 79.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1943 The Seventh Victim Mary Gibson
Tender Comrade Doris Dumbrowski
1944 When Strangers Marry Millie Baxter
A Canterbury Tale Johnson's Girl US release
1945 You Came Along Frances Hotchkiss
1946 A Matter of Life and Death June
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Golden Globe
1952 Deadline - U.S.A. Nora Hutcheson
Anything Can Happen Helen Watson
1956 Storm Center Martha Lockridge
Bermuda Affair Fran West
1957 The Young Stranger Helen Ditmar
1959 Money, Women and Guns Mary Johnston Kingman
1964 Lilith Dr. Bea Brice
1968 Planet of the Apes Zira
The Swimmer Betty Graham
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes Zira
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Zira
1976 Dark August Adrianna Putnam
1987 The Kindred Amanda Hollins
1990 Due occhi diabolici Mrs. Pym segment "The Black Cat"
1993 The Black Cat Mrs. Pym Short release of segment in Due occhi diabolici
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Betty Harty
1998 A Price Above Rubies Rebbitzn
1999 Abilene Emmeline Brown
Out of the Cold Elsa Lindepu
2000 Here's to Life! Nelly Ormond
The Hiding Place Muriel


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