Bonnie Lynne Hunt (born September 22, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, writer, director, television producer, and daytime television host. She has appeared in the films Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. As well as doing voice work in the Pixar films A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Toy Story 3, Cars, and Cars 2. Hunt has also starred in the television seriesGrand and Davis Rules as well as creating, producing, writing, and starring in The Building, Bonnie, and Life with Bonnie. From 2008 to 2010, she hosted the day time talk show The Bonnie Hunt Show.
Early life[edit source | edit]Edit
Hunt was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is the daughter of Alice E. (née Jatczak), a homemaker, and Robert Edward Hunt, an electrician. Her mother is of Polishdescent and her father was of Irish and Belgian ancestry. She was raised in a large 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 an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In 1984, she co-founded An Impulsive Thing, an improvisational comedytroupe, 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.
Career[edit source | edit]Edit
In 1990, Hunt played a role on the NBC series Grand, a sitcom that lasted a season and a half. Hunt 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 inDavis 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 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 was canceled after 11 of the 13 episodes produced were aired. 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 would have played a divorced detective. This pilot, Let Go (also known as Crimes and Dating), was not picked up for the fall 2006 schedule.
Hunt co-wrote, directed, and co-starred in 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. The film, which received a positive reception from critics, was largely influenced by Hunt's blue-collar Catholic upbringing in Chicago.
Hunt starred as Alice Newton opposite Charles Grodin in the popular family films Beethoven and Beethoven's 2nd. She played opposite Robin Williams in Jumanji as well as opposite Steve Martin in Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel. She played the sister of Renée Zellweger in the movie Jerry Maguire and Jan Edgecomb opposite Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Green Mile. Also, she played the biological mother, Grace Bellamy, of Mark Austin (played by Kip Pardue) in Loggerheads, a 2005 independent film written and directed by Tim Kirkman. She has provided her voice for a total of fivePixar films: A Bug's Life as Rosie the black widow spider; Monsters, Inc. as training supervisor Mrs. Flint; Cars as the heroine Sally Carrera; and Toy Story 3 as Dolly. In addition, Hunt received a writing credit on the film Cars, and reprised her Sally role in the sequel Cars 2.
The Bonnie Hunt Show[edit source | edit]EditMain article: The Bonnie Hunt Show
In 2007 Bonnie Hunt taped a pilot episode for Telepictures. The pilot was approved and the talk show was created. The Bonnie Hunt Show premiered on Monday, September 8, 2008. The show's set design was a tribute to Dean Martin and on the walls are pictures of historic television personalities as well as Hunt's family members. The show was inspired by the format of Live with Regis and Kelly with the host and guests often interacting with the audience. Many of show's staffers were longtime friends of Hunt's from Chicago. The show typically started with an opening monologue followed by guest interviews and games played with the audience. Hunt's mother Alice often appeared in webcasts from her home in Chicago. A characteristic of the show was Hunt's over-the-top faux indignation at non-PG language after which she would enjoy the double-entendre drenched material she had pretended to poo-poo. The Bonnie Hunt Show taped in Culver City, California and was viewed in 17 of the top 20 US television markets in the United States. In its first year, the show was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards: for opening theme, hairstyle, and makeup. It won the Gracie Award for "Outstanding Talk Show" in 2009. In 2010, Hunt was nominated for "Outstanding Talk Show Host" at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The final episode aired Wednesday, May 26, 2010.
Personal life[edit source | edit]Edit
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 was single again.
Hunt's hometown is Chicago and she 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 Foundation, of which she is an honorary board member.
Filmography[edit source | edit]Edit
Films[edit source | edit]Edit
|1988||Rain Man||Sally Dibbs|
|1993||Dave||White House Tour Guide|
|1993||Beethoven's 2nd||Alice Newton|
|1994||Only You||Kate Corvatch|
|1995||Now and Then||Mrs. DeWitt|
|1995||Jumanji||Sarah Whittle/Madam Serena||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1996||Getting Away with Murder||Dr. Gail Holland|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Laurel Boyd|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Rosie||Voice|
|1998||Kissing a Fool||Linda Streicher|
|1999||Random Hearts||Wendy Judd|
|1999||The Green Mile||Jan Edgecomb||Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama|
|2000||Return to Me||Megan Dayton||Also director and writer|
|2001||Monsters, Inc.||Ms. Flint||Voice|
|2002||Stolen Summer||Margaret O'Malley||Limited release|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||Kate Baker|
|2005||Cheaper by the Dozen 2||Kate Baker|
|2006||I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||Stella Lewis|
|2010||Toy Story 3||Dolly||Voice|
|2011||Cars 2||Sally Carrera||Voice|
|2013||Monsters University||Karen Graves||Voice|
Television[edit source | edit]Edit
|1984||American Playhouse||Foxtrot Dancer||Episode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"|
|1990||Grand||Carol Anne Smithson||Main Role|
|1991–92||Davis Rules||Gwen Davis||Main Cast; 18 episodes|
|1993||The Building||Bonnie Kennedy||Lead role; also creator, writer, executive producer|
|1995–96||Bonnie||Bonnie Kelly||Also writer, producer
Viewers for Quality Television Founder's Award (1996)
|2002–04||Life with Bonnie||Bonnie Molloy||Also creator, executive producer, director
Nominated: TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy (2003), Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2003/04), Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2003/04), Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2004)
|2008–10||The Bonnie Hunt Show||Herself/Host||Also executive producer, writer
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host (2010)
|2010||The Life & Times of Tim||Gabe's Mom (voice)||Episode: "Nagging Blonde/Tim and the Elephant"|
Video games[edit source | edit]Edit
|2007||Cars Mater-National Championship||Sally Carrera||Voice|
|2009||Cars Race-O-Rama||Sally Carrera||Voice|
|2011||Cars 2||Sally Carrera||Voice|