- Birth nameHelen Elizabeth Hunt
- ProfessionActress & Filmmaker
- Birth CityCulver City, California
- Birth CountryUnited States
- Father NameGordon Hunt
- Father ProfessionFilm director & acting coach
- Mother NameJane Elizabeth
- Mother ProfessionPhotographer
- Fact TitleHelen Hunt
- SpouseHank Azaria (m. 1999- div. 2000)
- Relation WithMatthew Carnahan (2001- 2017)
- Awards["Academy Award","Golden Globe Award","Primetime Emmy Award"]
- Filmography["Mad About You","As Good as It Gets","Cast Away"]
Helen Hunt, an Academy Award-winning American actress and filmmaker began her career as a child actor in the 70s. She got a breakthrough to fame after playing Jamie Buchman in the TV sitcom ‘Mad About You’ (1992-1999, 2019- Present) which also won her 3 Golden Globes.
Since 2007, she got hands in directorial credit with a debut from the comedy-drama film Then She Found Me (2007). Throughout these years, Hunt made notable appearances in films: Twister (1996), As Good as It Gets (1997), Cast Away (2000), among others.
How Much Is Helen Hunt’s Net Worth In 2020?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, 57-year-old Helen Hunt has a net worth of $75 million as of July 2020. Mostly, she earned a hefty sum of money through acting- thanks to her running career of over 5 decades.
Active in the acting industry since 1972, the Culver City, California-born actress records 104 acting credits. Helen’s acting prominence escalated her from stage works to big screens.
After surfing through guest roles on TV, Hunt grabbed TV fame through the sitcom Mad About You in 1992, sharing the screen with Anne Ramsay and Paul Reiser.
During the peak of Mad About Yout (1992- 1999, 162 episodes), she was reportedly pocketing $1 million per episode; being the first female TV actress to earn so (later ‘Friends’ actresses also hit those marks). It was roughly $20 million per season.
Her major achievement came after she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in As Good as It Gets (1997) starring Jack Nicholson and Greg Kinnear.
Notable Movies And TV Shows: What Awards Helen Won?
At the age of 9, Helen started acting as a child actress in TV series; Amy Prentiss and Death Scream (1973). By 1975, she landed in the main role in The Swiss Family Robinson (in 20 episodes).
It was in 1977 when Hunt made her film debut in Rollercoaster. Through the 70s & 80s, she appeared in many TV series and in TV movies which included: The Fitzpatricks (1977, 9 episodes), It Takes Two (1982- 1983), Desperate Lives (1982) and Quarterback Princess (1983).
In 1986, she appeared in the fantasy comedy-drama Peggy Sue Got Married, playing Beth Bodell, the daughter of Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner.
From 1992 to 1999, Helen Hunt focused on the TV sitcom Mad About You. It won her 3 Golden Globe Awards & 4 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Later, she again made her firm steps in the big-screen in 1996 through the box-office hit Twister (1996), co-starring Bill Paxton
and Jami Gertz.
Academy Award & Box Office Collection
In 1997, Helen starred as Carol Connelly in the romantic comedy film As Good as It Gets. It was a commercial success; the movie also won Helen Hunt an Oscar Award for Best Actress.
In 2012, she earned a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Sessions (2012).
Check out the box-office collection of Helen Hunt’s films:
|Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)||$18 million||$41.4 million|
|Twister (1996)||$88- $92 million||$495.7 million|
|As Good as It Gets (1997)||$50 million||$314.1 million|
|Cast Away (2000) starring Tom Hanks||$90 million||$429.6 million|
|What Women Want (2000) alongside Mel Gibson||$70 million||$374.1 million|
Some of her other notable film credits include Pay It Forward (2000), Bobby (2006), Soul Surfer (2011), The Miracle Season (2018), I See You (2019), and The Night Clerk (2020).
Career Update: Helen’s upcoming project ‘Delfino’s Journey’ and ‘A Patriot’, both are under pre-production.
Sold Her Manhattan Apartment: Where Does Helen Live?
In June 2014, Helen Hunt sold her 2000-square-foot Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan for $2.58 million. Back in 2006, she paid $2.4 million for the property which earned her $155,000 profit after handing over keys after 8 years of ownership.
For many years, Hunt has tried to sell the property. According to Forbes, she put the apartment in the market in 2011 for $2.75 million.
Did you know? Helen witnessed the 9/11 attack from the roof of her New York apartment & tried to leave the city at that moment but couldn’t. After 3 days, she hired a private jet & flew out along with her staff.
Meanwhile, the Academy-winning actress lives in Los Angles, California. Her main residence spread on 4,274 sq. ft. features 5 bedrooms & 7 bathrooms; she picked it up in 2001 for $4.615 million.
As per LA Times, she and her now ex-husband Hank Azaria had bought a homesite near Beverly Hills in the late 90s for around $2.5 million. Further updates on the estate are yet to be out.
Survived A Car Crash
In October 2019, the 5 ft. 7 inches tall actress was hospitalized after her black SUV crashed. Reportedly, while Helen was driving into the intersection, another car struck her vehicle & knocked the SUV onto its side.
Soon, after she was hospitalized but luckily, didn’t sustain any major injuries.
Divorcee & Mother of A Daughter: Her Husband’s Name?
In 1994, Helen Hunt began dating actor Hank Azaria. After 5 years of their relationship, the couple married on July 17, 1999. However, only after 17 months of marriage, they divorced on December 18, 2000.
Thereafter in 2001, she began dating her then-boyfriend Matthew Carnahan, a producer/writer/director.
While together, the duo became parents to daughter Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan (born on May 13, 2004); she was conceived through IVF treatment.
But after 16 years of relationship, Helen and Matthew split in August 2017. Meanwhile, she is allegedly single.
Who Are Helen Hunt’s Parents?
Helen was born Helen Elizabeth Hunt on June 15, 1963, in Culver City, California, the USA. Her father Gordon Hunt was a film director & acting coach while her mother Jane Elizabeth worked as a photographer.
Her paternal grandparents were German-Jewish & her maternal grandparents were of English descent. After Helen’s family moved to New York, she began acting in plays & later persuaded a career in the acting industry.
She briefly attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).