Holly Hunter was born in 1958 and is a Georgia girl who set her hopes on acting from the very beginning. Hunter often touts how she scored her first part in a fifth-grade play, playing the role of Helen Keller. Little did anyone know, the grade-school role was a harbinger of more good things to come. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in drama, the charming Southerner moved to New York City for her big break. Hunter was quick to take bite out of the Big Apple, and in 1982, after an encounter in a stalled elevator with playwright Beth Henley, Hunter was offered a role on Broadway in the Pulitzer-Prize winning drama Crimes of the Heart. She continued to perform on Broadway for a couple of years, but Hollywood was never far from her heart. Looking beyond the stage, the novice decided to head to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film, eventually getting her first movie role in the 1984 film Swing Shift. She would land another role the same year in Blood Simple. Adding to her building credits, Hunter would also star in the hit comedy Raising Arizona before tackling her 1987 Academy-Award nominated performance in Broadcast News. In the movie, she played a lonely, uptight news producer who had frequent meltdowns. More prestigious roles would come, with leads in Miss Firecracker, Always, and the TV docudrama, Roe vs. Wade. And the 90s would bring a slate of new roles for Hunter, with the most notable performances being her Oscar-nominated supporting performance in The Firm and Academy-Award winning portrayal of a mute Scottish woman in The Piano. Most recently, Hunter has starred in the films Jackie, Won’t Back Down, and the critically acclaimed TV mini-series, Bonnie and Clyde.