Biography - Holly Hunter

Last Modified: 5th May, 2024
Holly Hunter
Best Known For
Crimes of the Heart, Roe vs. Wade (TV series)
Net Worth
$16.00M Under Review
$145.00k Under Review
Social Media Presence
Personal Detail
Birth Name / Full Name
Holly P. Hunter N/A
Born on
March 20, 1958 (age 66)
Female N/A
Sexual Orientation
Marital Status
Married Date
6 (1 older sister, 5 older brothers)
Charles Edwin Hunter
Charles Edwin Hunter
Opal Marguerite
Opal Marguerite
Gordon MacDonald
Janusz Kaminski
1995-05-20 to 2001-12-21
Press MacDonald
Press MacDonald
Claude McDonald
Claude McDonald
Body Measurement
Hair Color
Blonde N/A
Eye Color
Shoe Size
7 US N/A
Bicep Size
inch N/A
Chest Size
inch N/A
Waist Size
Dress Size
6 US N/A
Bust Size
Waist Size
Hip Size
Bra Size
Cup Size
Social Media Presence

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, United States. His mother Opal Marguerite was a housewife, and his father Charles Edwin Hunter, was 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, Holly 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

Holly Hunter was married to longtime boyfriend Janusz Kaminski. They tied the knot on 20 May 1995. But after 6 years together, Hunter and Kaminski’s marriage failed. She and her husband finalized divorce 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: Getty Images (Holly Hunter and Gordon MacDonald)


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

The condition did complicate her work. However, 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 graduating 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 onto 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 play Crimes of the Heart. She 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.

Also read: Darin Brooks - Actor of Days of Our Lives 

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, and Bokeem Woodbine.

Holly Hunter – Awards, 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, and 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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