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The Bonnie Hunt Show
Born: Bonnie Lynn Hunt, September 22, 1961 (1961-09-22)
(age 46) Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Bonnie Hunt
Bonnie Lynn Hunt (born September 22, 1961) is an Emmy-, Golden Globe- and SAG Award-nominated American actress, comedian, writer,
director and television producer.
Hunt was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Alice, a homemaker, and Bob Hunt,
an electrician. She was raised in a large Irish Catholic family, and has
three older brothers, Patrick, Kevin, and Tom, two older sisters, Cathy and Carol,
and one younger sister, Mary. Hunt was educated in Catholic schools and attended St. Ferdinand grammar school and Notre Dame High School for Girls. in Chicago.
In 1982, Hunt worked as a cancer nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
In 1984, she co-founded An Impulsive Thing, an improvisational comedy troupe, with Holly Wortell, Andy Miller and John Gripentrog. Hunt also performed as a member of Chicago's world-famous The Second City, joining in 1986.
Hunt is said to have refused to become a cast member of Saturday Night Live because the show's producers generally frowned on her preferred improvisational style. In 1992, she turned down a higher-paying role on Designing Women to co-star in Davis Rules with Jonathan Winters, Randy Quaid, and Audrey Meadows.
In 1993, Hunt teamed with good friend David Letterman to produce The Building, a short-lived sitcom that was modeled after early-1950s television shows. The show was also filmed live; mistakes, accidents, and forgotten lines were often left in the aired episode. Hunt reportedly declined the female lead in the series Mad About You, which went to Helen Hunt (no relation).
Hunt and Letterman re-teamed in 1995 with The Bonnie Hunt Show (later retitled Bonnie), which featured many of the same cast members as The Building and the same loose style. The show was praised by critics but soon canceled. In 2002, Hunt returned to television with Life with Bonnie, a show known for clean and offbeat humor. Her role on that show earned her a 2004 Emmy nomination, her first. Despite fair ratings, the show was canceled in its second season. Hunt announced on Live with Regis and Kelly that ABC had offered her another sitcom, in which she played a divorced detective. This pilot, Let Go (also known as Crimes and Dating), was not picked up for the fall 2006 schedule.
Hunt served as screenwriter, director and supporting actress for the 2000 film Return to Me, a romantic comedy starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. It was filmed in her Chicago neighborhood and included bit parts for a number of her relatives.
A recognizable film actress, Hunt has starred opposite Charles Grodin in the popular children's films Beethoven and Beethoven's 2nd, with Tom Cruise in the hit Jerry Maguire, with Robin Williams in Jumanji as well as opposite Steve Martin in Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel.
Hunt not only starred as the voice of Sally in Pixar's Cars but received a writing credit on the film as well. In June 2007, Hunt taped a talk show pilot for Telepictures, suggesting that she may foray into the competitive daytime market in 2008. The pilot took place in the same studio of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and coincidentally guest starred DeGeneres. Hunt's brother was asked medical questions in a segment called "Ask Dr. Hunt." The pilot also featured Teri Horton, the author of Who the Fuck is Jackson Pollock. In September 2007, NBC Universal announced a two-year commitment for the program, to be titled The Bonnie Hunt Show.
Hunt married investment banker John Murphy in 1988. However, during her June 6, 2006, appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, she mentioned that she is single again.
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Cars Sally Carrera Voice
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Stella Lewis
2006 From Hair To Eternity Martha Bakerson
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Kate Baker
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Kate Baker
2002 Stolen Summer Margaret O'Malley limited release
2001 Monsters, Inc. Mrs. Flint Voice
2000 Return to Me Megan Dayton also director/writer
1999 The Green Mile Jan Edgecomb Random Hearts Wendy Judd
1998 Kissing a Fool Linda Streicher A Bug's Life Rosie Voice
1996 Jerry Maguire Laurel Boyd Getting Away with Murder Dr. Gail Holland
1995 Jumanji Sarah Whittle/Madam Serena Now and Then Mrs. DeWitt
1994 Only You Kate Corvatch
1993 Beethoven's 2nd Alice Newton Dave White House Tour Guide
1992 Beethoven Alice Newton
1988 Rain Man Sally Dibbs
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