Holly Hunter - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 1, 2022

Holly Hunter
Profession: Actress, Producer
Best Known For: Crimes of the Heart, Roe vs. Wade (TV series)
Salary: $145K
Net Worth: $16 million

Personal Details

Born on : March 20, 1958 (age 65)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Holly P. Hunter
Birth Place: Conyers, Georgia, USA
Horoscope: Pisces
Father's Name: Charles Edwin Hunter
Mother's Name: Opal Marguerite
Siblings: 6

one older sister
five older brothers

University: Carnegie Mellon University
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (English, Scottish, Welsh)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: In Relationship
Boyfriend Name: Gordon MacDonald

Janusz Kaminski (20 May 1995- 21 Dec 2001)

Children: 2

Twin sons (Press MacDonald, Claude McDonald)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.57 meter (5 feet 2 inch)
Weight: 55 kg (121.25 lb)
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: 7 US
Dress Size: 6 US
Breast Size: 35 inch
Waist Size: 34 inch
Hip Size: 35 inch
Bra Size: 34
Cup Size: A

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Who is Holly Hunter?

Holly Hunter is an American actress and producer whose breakthrough came with the role in Crimes of the Heart. 

Holly Hunter Age, Parents, Siblings

Holly Hunter was born on  March 20, 1958, in Conyers, Georgia, the United States to parents Opal Marguerite, a housewife, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a farmer and sporting-goods manufacturer's representative. Her full name/birth name is Holly P. Hunter. 

She is not the only child of her parents and has six older siblings- a sister who is nine years older and five older brothers. Talking about her childhood, Hunter revealed that she was raised by her whole family - her parents, and siblings.

Source: Pinterest (Holly Hunter in the late 1960s)

Education, Ethnicity

For her education, Hunter studied at Carnegie Mellon University, earning a degree in drama. Her ethnicity includes English, Scottish, and Welsh.

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Holly Hunter Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Divorce

Hunter was married to Janusz Kaminski. They had tied the knot on 20 May 1995. But after 6 years together, Hunter and Kaminski’s marriage failed. They divorced on 21 December 2001.

Holly Hunter met British actor Gordon MacDonald in 2001. Both were working in By the Bog of Cats and were also love interests in the movie. Their love for each other also blossomed in real life.

They soon began dating, taking the status of boyfriend and girlfriend. The couple’s relationship was more solidified when Hunter gave birth to their first children together- beautiful healthy baby twin boys. The boys they had named Press MacDonald and Claude McDonald were born in January 2016.

As of 2019, the couple has not married and seems to be happy in their relationship.

Source: gettyimages (Holly Hunter and Gordon MacDonald)


When Hunter was a young child, she suffered from mumps, resulting in her left ear to go deaf. But that did not stop her from her goal to become an astounding actress. 

The condition did complicate her work. But the crew supported her condition by altering the script to use her right ear instead.

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Holly Hunter Career

Early Days

Holly Hunter, after graduation from the University, performed at the City Theatre. Eventually, she moved to New York City and lived with actress Frances McDormand, as a roommate. 

An elevator incident gave her a big break she so much needed when trying to make it into the big screens! Holly Hunter got stuck in an elevator with playwright Beth Henley!

One conversation led to another and Hunter got to know Henley. Hunter was soon given her big breakthrough by Henley, landing a role in  Henley's plays Crimes of the Heart. She also was given an opportunity to star in The Miss Firecracker Contest.

Films, Series

Over the years, she has worked in The Burning (1981), Swing Shift (1984), Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona, Miss Firecracker, Steven Spielberg's Always, Roe v. Wade, Once Around, The Firm, The Piano, Home for the Holidays (1955), Copycat (1955), Crash, A Life Less Ordinary, Living Out Loud, Jesus' Son, Woman Wanted.

Holly Hunter’s more recent movies include O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Harlan County War, When Billie Beat Bobby, Moonlight Mile (2002), Levity (2003), Thirteen (2003), Little Black Book (2004), The Incredibles franchise (the voice of elastic girl), The Big White (2005), Saving Grace (2007), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, among others.

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Source collider (Holly Hunter on the set of True Blood Creator)


On the set of Saving Grace, Hunter worked with Bailey Chase, Laura San Giacomo, Dylan Minnette, Gregory Norman Cruz, Bokeem Woodbine.

Holly Hunter Awards and Nominations

Hunter has received numerous prestigious nominations as well as awards. She has been nominated for Emmy Awards seven times and has won two Emmy awards for her role in Roe vs. Wade in 1989 and The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom in 1993. 

To her long list of awards and nominations, a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award nominations are mostly recognized.

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Holly Hunter Net Worth, Salary

The net worth and salary per episode of Hunter are estimated at around $16 million dollars and $145 thousand respectively.

Holly Hunter Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Holly Hunter is absent.

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