Bonnie Hunt

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Bonnie Hunt
Bonnie and Alice Hunt at 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Hunt and her mother Alice at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards
BornBonnie Lynne Hunt
(1961-09-22) September 22, 1961 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materNotre Dame High School for Girls
OccupationActress, writer, director, producer, talk show host
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)John Murphy (m. 1988–2006)
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Bonnie Hunt
Bonnie and Alice Hunt at 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Hunt and her mother Alice at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards
BornBonnie Lynne Hunt
(1961-09-22) September 22, 1961 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materNotre Dame High School for Girls
OccupationActress, writer, director, producer, talk show host
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)John Murphy (m. 1988–2006)

Bonnie Lynne Hunt (born September 22, 1961)[1] is an American stand-up comedienne, actress, director, producer, writer, host, voice artist, and comedienne. She has appeared in Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Hunt has done voice work in A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Toy Story 3, Cars, and Cars 2. Hunt has starred in Grand 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 Bonnie Hunt Show.

Early life[edit]

Hunt was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Robert Edward Hunt, an electrician, and Alice E. Hunt (née Jatczak), a homemaker.[2] Her father was of Irish and Belgian ancestry and her mother is of Polish descent.[3][4][5] She was raised in a large Catholic family,[4] and has three older brothers named Patrick, Kevin, and Tom, two older sisters named Cathy and Carol, and a younger sister named Mary.

Hunt was educated in Catholic schools and attended St. Ferdinand Grammar School and Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago.

In 1982, she worked as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In 1984, she co-founded an improvisational comedy troupe called An Impulsive Thing 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.


In 1990, Hunt played a role on Grand. She refused to become a cast member of Saturday Night Live because the series' producers generally frowned on her preferred improvisational style.[6] In 1992, she was offered the part of B. J. Poteet, a replacement for Julia Duffy, on Designing Women.[6] Instead, she chose to co-star in Davis Rules.

In 1993, Hunt teamed with good friend David Letterman to produce The Building. The series was also filmed live; mistakes, accidents, and forgotten lines were often left in the aired episode.[citation needed] 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. She 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 directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in Return to Me]. 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,[7] was largely influenced by Hunt's blue-collar Catholic upbringing in Chicago.[8]

Hunt at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival

Hunt starred as Alice Newton opposite Charles Grodin in 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. 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 five Pixar 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]

Main article: The Bonnie Hunt Show

In 2007, 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 on May 26, 2010.

Personal life[edit]

In 1988, Hunt married investment banker John Murphy. 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, Illinois[9] and she is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having not missed an Opening Day at Wrigley Field since 1977. She is a supporter of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, of which she is an honorary board member.[10]



1988Rain ManSally Dibbs
1992BeethovenAlice Newton
1993DaveWhite House Tour Guide
1993Beethoven's 2ndAlice Newton
1994Only YouKate Corvatch
1995Now and ThenMrs. DeWitt
1995JumanjiSarah Whittle/Madam SerenaSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996Getting Away with MurderDr. Gail Holland
1996Jerry MaguireLaurel Boyd
1998Bug's Life, AA Bug's LifeRosieVoice
1998Kissing a FoolLinda Streicher
1999Random HeartsWendy Judd
1999Green Mile, TheThe Green MileJan EdgecombNominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama
2000Return to MeMegan DaytonAlso director and writer
2001Monsters, Inc.Ms. FlintVoice
2002Stolen SummerMargaret O'MalleyLimited release
2003Cheaper by the DozenKate Baker
2005Cheaper by the Dozen 2Kate Baker
2006I Want Someone to Eat Cheese WithStella Lewis
2006CarsSally CarreraVoice
2010Toy Story 3DollyVoice
2011Hawaiian VacationDollyVoice; animated short
2011Cars 2Sally CarreraVoice
2013Monsters UniversityKaren GravesVoice


1984American PlayhouseFoxtrot DancerEpisode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"
1990GrandCarol Anne SmithsonMain role
1991–92Davis RulesGwen DavisMain role; 18 episodes
1993The BuildingBonnie KennedyLead role; also creator, writer, executive producer
1995–96BonnieBonnie KellyAlso writer, producer
Viewers for Quality Television Founder's Award (1996)
2002–04Life with BonnieBonnie MolloyAlso 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)
2006Let GoDirector (movie)
2008–10Bonnie Hunt Show, TheThe Bonnie Hunt ShowHerself/HostAlso executive producer, writer
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host (2010)
2010The Life & Times of TimGabe's Mom (voice)Episode: "Nagging Blonde/Tim and the Elephant"
2013–presentSofia the FirstAunt Tilly (voice)Recurring role
2013Call Me Crazy: A Five FilmDirector (movie); "Eddie" segment
2014–presentCars Toons: Tales From Radiator SpringsSally Carrera (voice)Recurring role

Video games[edit]

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2006CarsSally Carrera
2007Cars Mater-National ChampionshipSally Carrera
2009Cars Race-O-RamaSally Carrera
2011Cars 2Sally Carrera


  1. ^ "About Bonnie Hunt (1961– )".
  2. ^ "Bonnie Hunt Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ Bonnie Hunt, host; Jared Padalecki, guest (February 10, 2009). "Episode". The Bonnie Hunt Show serieslink=The Bonnie Hunt Show.
  4. ^ a b Grahnke, Lon (April 14, 1992). "Hunt draws on improv talents for 'Davis' role". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 43. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: Genealogy Report: Descendants of Joannis Backes". Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Collins, Scott (August 31, 2008). "Hunt ready to take on daytime". Chicago Tribune. p. 10. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Return to Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ Stack, Peter (April 2, 2000). "Hunt's Full Heart". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ Reiss, Dawn (April 17, 2009). "Teamin Up with Bonnie Hunt". The Saturday Evening Post. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Honorary Board". Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 

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