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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

Hunter was born Janet Cole in Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker, the daughter of Grace Lind, who was trained as a concert pianist, and DonaldCole, a refrigeration engineer. She attended Miami Beach High Schoolmarker.


Hunter's first film role was in the film noir The Seventh Victim in 1943. She performed in the original Broadwaymarker 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.

Hunter was blacklisted from film and television in the 1950s, amid suspicions of communism in Hollywood, during the McCarthy Era.

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

Hunter died of cardiac arrest in New York Citymarker at the age of 79. She received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker, one for motion pictures at 1615 Vine Street and a second for television at 1715 Vine Street.


Year Film Role Notes
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
1999 Abilene Emmeline Brown
Out of the Cold Elsa Lindepu
2000 Here's to Life! Nelly Ormond
The Hiding Place Muriel


  2. Kim Hunter - Awards at Internet Movie Database

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