Kim Hunter (November 12, 1922 – September 11, 2002) was an American film, theatre, and television actress. She won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, each as Best Supporting Actress, for her performance as Stella Kowalski in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire.
Early life Edit
Hunter's first film role was in the film noir The Seventh Victim in 1943. She performed in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), playing the role of Stella Kowalski. She appeared in the 1951 film version, for which she won both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture.
She appeared opposite Mickey Rooney in the 1957 live TV broadcast of The Comedian, a harrowing drama written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer. In 1962, she sppeared in the NBC medical drama The Eleventh Hour in the role of Virginia Hunter in the episode Of Roses and Nightingales and Other Lovely Things. In 1963, Hunter appeared as Anita Anson on the ABC medical drama Breaking Point in the episode Crack in an Image. In 1965, she appeared twice as Emily Field in the NBC TV medical series Dr. Kildare.
Her other major film roles include David Niven's love interest in the film A Matter of Life and Death (1946), and Zira, the sympathetic chimpanzee scientist in the 1968 film Planet of the Apes and two sequels. She also appeared in several radio and TV soap operas, most notably as Nola Madison on TV's The Edge of Night, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1980 as Best Actress.
Hunter starred in the controversial TV movie Born Innocent (1974) playing the mother of Linda Blair's character. She also starred in several episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater during the mid-1970s. In 1973, she appeared twice on Lorne Greene's short-lived ABC crime drama Griff, including the episode The Last Ballad, in which she portrayed Dr. Martha Reed, an abortionist held by police in the death of a patient. In 1977, she appeared on the NBC western series The Oregon Trail starring Rod Taylor, in the episode The Waterhole, which also featured Lonny Chapman.
Death and legacy Edit
Hunter died of cardiac arrest in New York City at the age of 79. She received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 1615 Vine Street and a second for television at 1715 Vine Street.
|1943||The Seventh Victim||Mary Gibson|
|Tender Comrade||Doris Dumbrowski|
|1944||When Strangers Marry||Millie Baxter|
|A Canterbury Tale||Johnson's Girl||US release|
|1945||You Came Along||Frances Hotchkiss|
|1946||A Matter of Life and Death||June|
|1951||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stella Kowalski|| Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
|1952||Deadline - U.S.A.||Nora Hutcheson|
|Anything Can Happen||Helen Watson|
|1956||Storm Center||Martha Lockridge|
|Bermuda Affair||Fran West|
|1957||The Young Stranger||Helen Ditmar|
|1959||Money, Women and Guns||Mary Johnston Kingman|
|1964||Lilith||Dr. Bea Brice|
|1968||Planet of the Apes||Dr. Zira|
|The Swimmer||Betty Graham|
|1970||Beneath the Planet of the Apes||Dr. Zira|
|1971||Escape from the Planet of the Apes||Dr. Zira|
|1976||Dark August||Adrianna Putnam|
|1987||The Kindred||Amanda Hollins|
|1990||Due occhi diabolici||Mrs. Pym||segment "The Black Cat"|
|1993||The Black Cat||Mrs. Pym||Short release of segment in Due occhi diabolici|
|1997||Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||Betty Harty|
|1998||A Price Above Rubies||Rebbitzn|
|Out of the Cold||Elsa Lindepu|
|2000||Here's to Life!||Nelly Ormond|
|The Hiding Place||Muriel|