Hunt , is also a director. Her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Anderson Fries, was a voice coach. Hunt also played a young woman who, while on PCP , jumps out of a second-story window, in a TV movie called Desperate Lives a scene which she mocked during a Saturday Night Live monologue in She played Jennie in the television movie Bill: In the mids, she had a recurring role on St. Elsewhere as Clancy Williams, the girlfriend of Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison, and had a notable guest appearance as a cancer-stricken mother-to-be in a two-part episode of Highway to Heaven.
In the s, after playing the lead female role in the short-lived My Life and Times , Hunt starred in the series Mad About You , winning Emmy Awards for her performances in , , , and She starred with Bill Paxton in the disaster action film Twister , which was the second-highest-grossing film of the year. In , Hunt won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie As Good as It Gets of a waitress and single mother who finds herself falling in love with a misanthropic obsessive-compulsive romance novelist played by Jack Nicholson.
In , in the movie Soul Surfer , she played the mother of the Hawaiian-born champion surfer Bethany Hamilton , on whose life the movie was based. The movie and her performance were very well reviewed and earned her several award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The movie also gained two awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Personal life[ edit ] Hunt started dating actor Hank Azaria in They married in , only to divorce 17 months later. Helen Hunt filmography Awards and nominations[ edit ] This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.
April Hunt has been recognized extensively in her career. Hunt was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series seven years in a row, from through , winning in the last four years.