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Holly Hunter
March 20, 1958 Actress Holly Hunter born, Conyers
  Holly Hunter

This diminutive actress exhibits both talent and range in her professional career that spans almost 20 years. Her ability was recognized by her peers with an Oscar® for Best Actress in the 1993 drama "The Piano."

Growing up in rural Georgia on a 250 acre farm Ms. Hunter studied drama at Pittsburg's Carnegie Mellon University. She starred with Nicholas Cage in 1987's "Raising Arizona," a "cult classic" directed by the Coen Brothers, whom she had met during an uncredited voice-over in an earlier movie. They took a chance on the young star and it paid off for the quirky filmmakers, earning more than $22 million in the theatrical release. Her role as a producer of a network news show in Broadcast News solidified her position as a major leading actress.

Hunter followed this success with the underrated Miss Firecracker, written by her friend, playwright Beth Henley, also from the deep South. In 1993 Hunter scored big in the critically acclaimed movie "The Piano" and followed it with non-leading role in "The Firm."

Her association with the Coen Brothers continued with a pivotal role in the smash-hit "O Brother, Where Art Thou" in 2000. Since that time Holly has enjoyed an uncanny ability to select roles that demonstrate her ability as an actress whether in a leading role (as a mom in Levity and Thirteen) or as a smaller supporting role (the lawyer in Moonlight Mile)

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