Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt (born April 2, 1945) is an American film, stage and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning role in 1982's The Year of Living Dangerously.


Early life

Hunt was born in Morristown, New Jersey, the daughter of Elsie (née Doying), a piano teacher who taught at the Westport School of Music and accompanied the Saugatuck Congregational Church choir, and Raymond Davy Hunt, the long-time vice president of Harper Fuel Oil in Long Island. She has a sister, Marcia. She was also born with Turner syndrome, a genetic condition characterized by partial or total absence of the second sex chromosome.


Hunt's film debut occurred in 1980 in Robert Altman's musical comedy Popeye. Two years later she co-starred as Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, Peter Weir's film adaptation of the novel of the same name. For her role as a male Chinese-Australian photographer Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983, becoming the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex.

Also a well known stage actress, Hunt has received two Obie awards and a Tony Award nomination for her theatre work. She created the role of Aunt Dan in Wallace Shawn's play Aunt Dan and Lemon. Recently, she portrayed Sister Aloysius in the Pasadena Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley's Tony Award-winning play Doubt. Her television appearances include a recurring role as Judge Zoey Hiller on David E. Kelley's series The Practice.

Beside her acting abilities, Hunt is distinguished by her small stature (she is 4' 9" or 1.45 m), and her rich, resonant voice, which she has used effectively in numerous documentaries, cartoons, and commercials. She is the on-air host for City Arts & Lectures, a radio program recorded by KQED public radio. Hunt was chosen by Walt Disney Feature Animation to lend her enigmatic speaking and singing voice to Grandmother Willow in the film Pocahontas. Her voice work also includes the character of "Management" in the US TV series Carnivàle, and Gaia, who serves as the Narrator in the video games God of War and God of War II. She also narrates the introductory film at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.


Year Film Role Other notes
1980 Popeye Mrs. Oxheart
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously Billy Kwan Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1984 Dune Shadout Mapes
The Bostonians Dr. Prance
1985 Eleni Katina
Silverado Stella
1987 Waiting for the Moon Alice B. Toklas
1989 She-Devil Hooper
1990 Kindergarten Cop Miss Schlowski
Carmilla Narrator
1991 If Looks Could Kill Ilsa Grunt
1992 Rain Without Thunder Atwood Society Director
1993 Younger and Younger Frances
Twenty Bucks Angeline
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Regina Krumm
1995 Pocahontas Grandmother Willow voice
1997 The Relic Dr. Ann Cuthbert
Eat Your Heart Out Kathryn
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Grandmother Willow voice
2002 Dragonfly Sister Madeline
2005 Auschwitz -- Inside the Nazi State Narrator voice
Yours, Mine and Ours Mrs. Munion
God of War Narrator VG - voice
The Great Transatlantic Cable Narrator
2006 Stranger Than Fiction Dr. Mittag-Leffler
2007 The Singing Revolution Narrator
God of War II Narrator/Gaia VG - voice
2008 God of War: Chains of Olympus Narrator/Gaia VG - voice

Selected television credits

Year Title Role Other notes
1978 Fame Mona
1993 Space Rangers Cmdr. Chennault
1997-2002 The Practice Judge Zoey Hiller 24 episodes
2003-2005 Carnivàle Management - voice 9 episodes
2006 Nature Narrator "Christmas in Yellowstone"
2007 The Unit
2008 Without a Trace FBI Psychiatrist


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