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Born in Morristown, N.J., on April 2, 1945, Linda Hunt is the only actor to have won an Oscar for portraying a member of the opposite sex: She received the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Award for her performance as wartime photographer Billy Kwan in 1982's The Year of Living Dangerously.

Since then, Hunt has given strong performances as liberated doctor Mary Prance in the Merchant Ivory film The Bostonians (1984), as Stella the saloon-keeper in Lawrence Kasdan's Western Silverado (1985) and as Alice B. Toklas in Waiting for the Moon (1987).

Other notable films include Dune (1984), Eleni (1985), She-Devil (1989), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and Ready to Wear (1994). Hunt has also done many commercial and documentary voice-overs, in addition to voicing characters for animated movies, including Pocahontas and Pocahontas II.

Linda Hunt in American Experience: Influenza 1918

American Experience: Influenza 1918

1998 NR

In March 1918, scores of fit young soldiers poured into an Army hospital in Kansas. Their complaints of fever, sore throat and headache marked the first signs of a flu epidemic that would quickly ravage the nation. By year's end, the flu would kill nearly 700,000 Americans -- more than all U.S. combat deaths in that century combined. Interviews with survivors shed light on this horrifying and strangely forgotten chapter in history.

  • Linda Hunt in Dune Dune
  • Linda Hunt in Pocahontas Pocahontas
  • Linda Hunt in NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Linda Hunt in Popeye Popeye
  • Linda Hunt in Kindergarten Cop Kindergarten Cop
  • Linda Hunt in Stranger than Fiction Stranger than Fiction
  • Linda Hunt in Silverado Silverado
  • Linda Hunt in Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
  • Linda Hunt in Ready to Wear Ready to Wear
  • Linda Hunt in The Relic The Relic
  • Linda Hunt in American Experience: The Duel American Experience: The Duel
  • Linda Hunt in Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone
  • Linda Hunt in The Bostonians The Bostonians
  • Linda Hunt in Woodrow Wilson: American Experience Woodrow Wilson: American Experience
  • Linda Hunt in Twenty Bucks Twenty Bucks
  • Linda Hunt in Out of the Past Out of the Past
  • Linda Hunt in Island of the Sharks: IMAX Island of the Sharks: IMAX
  • Linda Hunt in The Great Transatlantic Cable The Great Transatlantic Cable
  • Linda Hunt in Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
  • Linda Hunt in The Singing Revolution The Singing Revolution