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Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt’s real name Lydia Susanna Hunter is an American stage actress, film, and television character recognized for her resonant voice, small stature, and magnetic performances in a large variety of roles. Linda Hunt is renowned for her academic Award-winning role in The Year of Living Dangerously. In the year 2013, she portrayed God of War: Ascension.

Early Life and Childhood

Introducing her early life, Linda Hunt was born on April 2, 1945. Her birthplace is Morristown, New Jersey, and The United States. Currently, she is 77 years old. Her birth sign is Aries. Her birth name is Lydia Susanna Hunter. She was born to Raymond Davy Hunter and Elsie Doying Hunter. Her father was vice president of Harper Fuel Oil.

Similarly, her mother was a piano tutor who taught at the Westport School of Music. She has one sibling; an older sister and her name is Marcia Hunt. her nationality is American whereas she belongs to the English ethnicity.

Hunt was raised in Westport, Connecticut, and she became entranced with the idea of acting when she glimpsed a stage performance of Peter Pan. Likewise, she studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the Goodman School of Drama and there she concentrated on directing, fearing that her abnormal physique would limit her acting scope.

Linda Hunt – Career and Professional Life

Her professional career started in the year 1980. Linda debuted her first film in Robert Altman’s musical comedy Popeye. After two years, she was a leading lady as Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, Peter Weir’s film adaptation of the novel of the same name. For her title role as the male Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the year 1983 where Hunt became the first person to earn an Oscar for playing the role of the opposite sex.

Linda Hunt shooting

Caption: Linda Hunt Shooting a Movie (Britannica)

Following her career, she also played in Shadout in Dune in the year 1984. Moreover, she also played the role of the nurse in the movie She-Devil in 1989. She starred as the Austere school principal and her opposite co-star was Arnold  Schwarzenegger in the movie Kindergarten Cop in 1990.

On the other side, she was also a renowned stage actress before she took a step into the film and television industry. She made her Broadway debut in a 1975 production of Ah, Wilderness. Similarly, Hunt also builds the role of Aunt Dan in Wallace Shawn’s play Dan Aunt and Lemon.

Awards and Nominations

Speaking about her entire lifetime achievements and awards. She won the Australian Film Institute Awards in the year 1983. Similarly, Hunt has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in the Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

Linda Hunt Oscar award

Caption: Linda Hunt winning Oscar Award (Pinterest)

Hunt is best known for winning the Oscar award for playing the role of the opposite sex. Moreover, she also won the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action for NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009. Last but not least, she won a Bronze Wrangler Award for Western Documentary for Ishi: The Last Yahi in 1992.

Linda Hunt – Net worth 2023

According to some sources of information, Linda’s net worth is expected to be around $10 million but there is no genuine data about her detailed net earnings and salary. Likewise, her detailed property information regarding fixed assets and car status is still unknown. But her main source of income is from the film industry.

Personal Life and Relationships

Linda has been in a relationship with psychotherapist Karen Kline since 1978. The couple got married in 2008. Kline is six years younger than Hunt.

However, her past relationship and personal life are still a mystery. It seems that she prefers to keep her personal life behind the mass media therefore there is no genuine information related to her previous relationships.

Linda Hunt – Rumors and Controversy

Car Accident

In the year July 2018, a minor car crash in Hollywood left her Hospitalized. Hunt was driving a black SUV that struck the two vehicles while she was making a left turn. Her accident caused her minor injuries but thankfully she recovered soon. The others had also minor injuries.

Body Measurement

Linda Hunt had a deficiency of height from an early age causing dwarfism therefore she has just 4 feet 9-inch height. Furthermore, she weighs 65kg. Her hair color is black whereas her eye color is blue. Nevertheless, her other details about the physical body and measurement are not stated.

Linda Hunt Body Measurement

Caption: Linda Hunt’s body appearance (Super Stars Bio)

Social Media

On the other side, Linda Hunt doesn’t seem to be very much active on social media. Till now, there is no official social media account for her.