Kim Hunter

Actor
This vivacious, brunette will forever be remembered for her Oscar-winning role as Stella Kowalski in Elia Kazan's "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), a role she had originated on Broadway. Kim Hunter has also amassed an ... Read more »
Born: 11/11/1922 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Education of Max Bickford 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vivien Leigh: A Delicate Balance 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Abilene 1999 (Movie)

Emmeline Brown (Actor)

Blue Moon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Here's To Life 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Out of the Cold 1999 (Movie)

Elsa Lindepu (Actor)

Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hiding Place 1999 (Movie)

Muriel (Actor)

A Price Above Rubies 1998 (Movie)

Rebbitzn (Actor)

Lee Strasberg: The Method Man 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Marlon Brando: Breaking All the Rules 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

Betty Harty (Actor)

Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bloodlines: Murder in the Family 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Pym (Actor)

Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kindred 1987 (Movie)

Dr Amanda Hollins (Actor)

Martin Luther King: The Dream and the Drum 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

F.D.R. -- The Last Year 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Gate Murders 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Stubby Pringle's Christmas 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellery Queen 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

Zira (Actor)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 (Movie)

Zira (Actor)

The People Next Door 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet of the Apes 1968 (Movie)

Zira (Actor)

The Swimmer 1968 (Movie)

Betty Graham (Actor)

Lilith 1964 (Movie)

Bea Brice (Actor)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

On Trial 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedian 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Stranger 1957 (Movie)

Helen Ditmar (Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

Martha Lockridge (Actor)

Deadline U.S.A. 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anything Can Happen 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1950 (Movie)

Stella Kowalski (Actor)

Actors Studio 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Theater 1949 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Stairway to Heaven 1947 (Movie)

June (Actor)

Bad Ronald (TV Show)

Actor

Born Innocent (TV Show)

Actor

Cross of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Dial Hot Line (TV Show)

Actor

Drop-Out Mother (TV Show)

Actor

Give Us Barabbas! (TV Show)

Actor

Glorious Technicolor (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of America (TV Show)

Actor

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Private Sessions (TV Show)

Actor

Skokie (TV Show)

Actor

Tender Comrade (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Tennessee Williams (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark Side of Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

The Seventh Victim (Movie)

Mary Gibson (Actor)

The Young Loner (TV Show)

Actor

Unwed Father (TV Show)

Actor
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)
Other (2)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Assistant

Sirens 1994 (Movie)

(to publicist) (Assistant)

Biography

This vivacious, brunette will forever be remembered for her Oscar-winning role as Stella Kowalski in Elia Kazan's "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), a role she had originated on Broadway. Kim Hunter has also amassed an impressive list of stage and television credits in a career that has spanned over 50 years.

Although born in Detroit, Michigan, Hunter was raised in the Miami, Florida, area. While still a teenager, she made her stage debut in a local production, was spotted by talent scouts and put under contract by film producer David O Selznick. After arriving in Hollywood, she was loaned out for her first film, the offbeat thriller "The Seventh Victim" (1943), which found her cast as a naive girl who stumbles upon devil worshipers in NYC's Greenwich Village. The same year, Hunter was cast in Edward Dmytryk's "Tender Comrade", a Ginger Rogers vehicle about women who live communally during WWII. Partly as a result of her participation in this film, Hunter's name appeared in "Red Channels", a pamphlet listing those with alleged Communist sympathies, that led to her being blacklisted in the 1950s.

Prior to this, however, Hunter had turned in several fine performances. She was a bride with suspicions that her husband (Dean Jagger) may be a murderer in "When Strangers Marry" (1944) and an American WAC in love with a British pilot (David Niven) in the Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger classic "A Matter of Life and Death/Stairway to Heaven" (1946). After recreating her stage triumph in "Streetcar", Hunter had a strong role as the ex-wife of newspaper editor Humphrey Bogart in Richard Brooks' "Deadline U.S.A." (1952). As the blacklisting faded, she began to occasional film work delivering strong portrayals of a rebellious teenager's concerned mother in "The Young Stranger" (1957) and especially as the head of a mental institution in Robert Rossen's "Lilith" (1964). She also shone alongside Roddy McDowall in "Planet of the Apes" (1968) and lesser so in its to sequels. Her last film role to date was as murderer Harvey Keitel's interfering neighbor in the Dario Argento-directed segment of "Two Evil Eyes" (1990).

On stage, Hunter has worked constantly throughout the US since her 1947 Broadway debut in "Streetcar". Among her numerous credits are the Broadway productions of "Darkness at Noon" (1951), "The Children's Hour" (1952), "The Penny Wars" (1969) and "To Grandmother's House We Go" (1981), with Eva Le Gallienne. Hunter has appeared in regional productions in such roles as Eleanor of Aquitaine in "The Lion in Winter", Emily Dickinson in the one-woman show "The Belle of Amherst" and in the title role of "Driving Miss Daisy". In 1996, she returned to the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway where "Streetcar" had premiered to appear as Lady Markby in a revival of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband".

Hunter's small screen credits are also numerous, dating from her first appearances as a recurring player on "Actors Studio" (ABC, 1948-49; CBS, 1949-50). She has gone from playing the ingenue (as in the 1949 CBS production of "Little Women") to leading lady (i.e., "The Comedian", CBS 1957) to character roles ("Skokie", CBS 1981). Hunter has made guest appearances on numerous shows from an Emmy-nominated appearance on "Baretta" to the NBC sitcom "Mad About You". Her only series role was as Nola Madison on the ABC daytime drama "The Edge of Night" (1979-80), which also was Emmy-nominated.

Relationships

Grace Cole

Mother

William Baldwin

Husband
married on February 11, 1944 divorced in 1946

Kathryn Baldwin

Daughter
father, William A Baldwin

Donald Cole

Father

Robert Emmett

Husband
married from December 20, 1951 until his death at age 78 on April 8, 2000

Sean Emmett

Son
father, Robert Emmett

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

attended public schools in Miami Beach, Florida

studied acting with Charmaine Lantaff Camine from 1938-40 in Miami Beach, Florida

Milestones

2001

Acted on the NYC stage in a revival of "The Madwoman of Chaillot"

2000

Garnered praise as an elderly whose fate is up to her son and his domineering wife in "The Hiding Place"

1999

Acted on stage opposite husband in "On Golden Pond"

1998

Cast as a rabbi's wife in "A Price Above Rubies"

1997

Returned to features in small role in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

1996

Returned to Broadway in revival of "An Ideal Husband"; play produced at Ethel Barrymore Theater where Hunter appeared in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1990

Last feature for a seven-years the Dario Argento-directed segment of "Two Evil Eyes"

1981

Last Broadway appearance for 15 years "To Grandmother's House We Go"

1973

Featured in all-star Broadway revival of Clare Booth Luce's "The Women"

1969

Reprised Zira in two film sequels

1968

Co-starred with Roddy McDowall and Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes"; played ape-woman Zira

1952

Appeared in Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour"

1951

Reprised stage role of Stella in Elia Kazan's film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; won Oscar as Best Supporting Actress

1949

Co-starred as Meg in CBS TV version of "Little Women"

1948

Made TV acting debut as recurring player in "Actors Studio" (ABC)

1947

Broadway debut as Stella in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1946

Gained renewed attention with role in "A Matter of Life and Death/Stariway to Heaven", directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

1942

Film acting debut (on loan out from Selznick) in "The Seventh Victim"

1939

Stage acting debut at age 17 in title role of "Penny Wise" at the Miami Women's Club in Florida

Signed to a film contract by David O Selznick; moved to Hollywood

Blacklisted by Hollywood

Moved with family from Detroit, Michigan to Miami Beach, Florida

Played regular role of Nola Madison on the ABC daytime drama "The Edge of Night"

SIMILAR ARTICLES