Linda Hunt: Birthday

American actress
Born: April 2, 1945

Linda Hunt is an accomplished American actress known for her versatile performances across film, television, and theater. Born on April 2, 1945, in Morristown, New Jersey, she pursued her passion for acting from an early age. Despite her small stature, standing at 4 feet 9 inches, she has made a big impact in the entertainment industry.

Hunt gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of Billy Kwan, a male Chinese-Australian dwarf, in the film “The Year of Living Dangerously” (1982), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. Her captivating performance showcased her extraordinary talent and range as an actress.

Throughout her career, Hunt has appeared in numerous acclaimed films, including “Dune” (1984), “Kindergarten Cop” (1990), and “Pocahontas” (1995), where she provided the voice for Grandmother Willow. She has also made notable television appearances in series such as “NCIS: Los Angeles,” where she portrays the character Henrietta Lange.

Beyond her acting career, Linda Hunt has been involved in various philanthropic endeavors, supporting causes such as AIDS research and human rights. Her contributions to the entertainment industry and her commitment to social causes have solidified her legacy as a revered actress and humanitarian.

Linda Hunt’s 5 most popular quotes

  • The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations.
  • I was always trying to make up for my size, to compensate. So to get people to take you seriously, you have to come at things with a great deal of strength. You have to emphasize that the way you are is unusual. That you don’t come along every day.
  • I think people have always liked in me the combination of being the underdog because I’m a tiny woman but I have enormous authority in myself.
  • When I was growing up, particularly during puberty in my teen years, I was so miserable because I elicited so much teasing and meanness from my teenage cohorts.
  • Everybody either wanted to take care of me or push me around, you know? I was teased a lot, sure I was, of course. Fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, everybody was taking their spurts except me. I was not growing up.
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