Linda Hunt

Actress

Personal Info

  • Birth Name: Lydia Susanna Hunter
  • Height: 4' 9" (1.45 m)

Biography

Veteran character actress Linda Hunt was born on April 2, 1945, in Morristown, New Jersey, to Elsie Doying and Raymond Davy Hunt. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now part of DePaul University). Her film debut was in Robert Altman’s Popeye (1980). She played the role of Oxblood Oxheart’s mother. Soon afterward, she appeared in what would be an Oscar-winning performance: the role of male Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). She went down in history as the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex.

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