1. For her performance as Ada McGrath in the 1993 film The Piano, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, and the Cannes Best Actress Award.
2. A seven-time Emmy Award nominee, Hunter won Emmys for Roe vs.
3. Hunter, in 2008, described living in The Bronx “at the end of the D train, just off 205th Street, on Bainbridge Avenue and Hull Avenue.
4. It was on 49th Street between Broadway and Eighth … on the south side of the street,” Hunter recalled in an interview.
5. Hunter made her film debut in the 1981 horror movie The Burning.
6. That year, she had her first collaboration with the writing-directing-producing team of brothers Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, in Blood Simple, making an uncredited appearance as a voice on an answering-machine recording.
7. Hunter went on to star in the comedy-drama Home for the Holidays and the thriller Copycat, both in 1995.
8. Also in 2003, Hunter had the role of a mother named Melanie Freeland, whose daughter is troubled and going through the perils of being a teenager in the film Thirteen.
9. The film was critically acclaimed along with Hunter and her co-stars and earned her nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
10. In 2004, Hunter starred alongside Brittany Murphy in the romantic satire Little Black Book, and the same year lent her voice to the animated film The Incredibles as the voice of Helen Parr, a.k.a. the superheroine Elastigirl.
11. In 2005, Hunter starred alongside Robin Williams in the black comedy-drama The Big White.
12. Hunter became an executive producer, and helped develop a starring vehicle for herself with the TNT cable-network drama Saving Grace, which premiered in July 2007.