- Bonnie Hunt
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birthname = Bonnie Lynn Hunt
Bonnie Lynn Hunt (born September 22, 1964) [ [http://www.ndhs4girls.org/Alumnae/Hall%20of%20Fame/Alumnae%20Hall%20of%20Fame%20-%20Alphabetical%20A-H.htm Notre Dame High School, Class of 1979] ] is a two- time
Golden Globeand a Emmy Awardnominated American actress, comedian, writer, director, television producerand daytime television host of The Bonnie Hunt Show.
Hunt was born in
Chicago, IL., the daughter of Alice, a homemaker, and Bob Hunt, an electrician. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/6/Bonnie-Hunt.html Bonnie Hunt Biography (1964?-) ] ] She was raised in a large Irish Catholicfamily, [ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=CSTB&p_theme=cstb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB373A952BEE9E4&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM Chicago Sun-Times:: Search ] ] and has three older brothers, Patrick, Kevin, and Tom, two older sisters, Cathy and Carol, and one younger sister, Mary. Hunt was educated in Catholicschools and attended St. Ferdinand Grammar School and Notre Dame High School for Girlsin Chicago.
In 1982, Hunt worked as a oncology
nurseat Northwestern Memorial Hospitalin Chicago. In 1984, she co-founded "An Impulsive Thing", an improvisational comedytroupe, with Holly Wortell, Andy Millerand 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 Lettermanto produce "The Building", a short-lived sitcomthat 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 Duchovnyand 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 Grodinin the popular children's films "Beethoven" and " Beethoven's 2nd", with Tom Cruisein the hit " Jerry Maguire", with Robin Williamsin "Jumanji" as well as opposite Steve Martinin "Cheaper by the Dozen" and its sequel. Hunt not only starred as the voice of Sallyin Pixar's "Cars" but received a writing credit on the film as well.
In June 2007, Hunt taped a
talk showpilot for Telepictures. The pilot was picked up by NBC Universal for broadcast on its NBC-owned stations as well as for syndication to other broadcast and cable outlets; again her show is titled " The Bonnie Hunt Show". She began her foray into the competitive daytime market in September of 2008. The pilot took place in the same studio as " The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and 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". [ [http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6452458.html Studios: A Busy Week - 6/18/2007 - Broadcasting & Cable ] ] In September 2007, NBC Universalannounced a two-year commitment for the program. [ [http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003648202 'Bonnie Hunt' Gets NBC O&Os Green-Light ] ]
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.
Hunt is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having not missed an Opening Day at Wrigley Field since 1977. She is also a supporter of the
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundationwhere she is an honorary board member. [ [http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/foundation/1.05.php MMRF Honorary Board] ]
* [http://www.thebonniehuntshow.com The Bonnie Hunt Show]
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