Helen Hunt is an actress, director, and screenwriter who is best known for her roles in the sitcom "Mad About You" and in the 1997 film "As Good as It Gets."
Helen began her career in acting as a child, appearing on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the television series "The Swiss Family Robinson." In 1982, she was cast on the ABC sitcom "It Takes Two," which aired for one season. She also starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Shannen Doherty in the 1985 film "Girls Just Wanna Have F'un." Helen went on to play the lead role in "My Life and Times" and was subsequently cast in the ‘90s sitcom "Mad About You,” which aired successfully from 1992 until 1999. The critically-acclaimed sitcom won Golden Globe, Peabody, Genesis, and Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and was chosen Best Quality Comedy by the Viewers for Quality Television. Helen won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for four years in a row from 1996 through 1999.
In 1998, Helen starred alongside Jack Nicholson in "As Good as It Gets," for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in many films, including "Dr. T & the Women" with Richard Gere, "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson, and "Cast Away" with Tom Hanks. Helen has also appeared on Broadway, returning to the stage in 2003 to appear in Yasmina Reza's "Life x 3."
After directing several episodes of "Mad About You," Helen made her big-screen directorial debut with the film "Then She Found Me" in 2007. She co-owns a production company with Connie Tavel, Hunt/Tavel Productions, which operates under Sony Pictures Entertainment. Helen has also directed episodes of Showtime's "Californication" and ABC's "Revenge."
Helen currently lives in Southern California and has one daughter, Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, with producer/director Matthew Carnahan.