Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: buzzfeedquizzes.website. Posted by buzzfeedquizzes
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by buzzfeedquizzes
Currently Known For:
Life with Bonnie, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Cheaper By the Dozen, and Beethoven
To view another celebrity please click the next celebrity button below or read the full article by scrolling further below.
“Would I like to be the lead girl? Who wouldn’t?” Getting her start in Hollywood with a 30-second cameo in Dave as a peppy White House tour guide chirping “We’re walking! We’re walking! We’re stopping!”, Bonnie Hunt has never become a leading lady in Tinsel Town but having steady projects over the last 30 years has more than made up for it. With appearances in Rain Man, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire and The Green Mile, Hunt is perhaps best known for her role as Alice Newton in Beethoven and Beethoven 2nd and as Kate Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She’s also lent her voice to dozens of characters in popular flicks like A Bug’s Life, Cars, and Zootopia in addition writing and starring in her own series like Life with Bonnie and The Bonnie Hunt Show. So, what’s her Hollywood story? Let’s find out!
Raised as a devout Cubs fan and described as the shyest of seven children, Bonnie Lynne Hunt was born on September 22, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. She attended St. Ferdinand Grammar School and Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago before enrolling in nursing school. In 1982, she took a job as an oncology nurse at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital where her compassion for patients and her knack for comedy made her an outstanding nurse. But, something was still missing as Hunt took a huge leap of faith and decided to pursue her passions for comedy as she co-founded an improvisational comedy group known as An Impulsive Thing. Showcasing her talents, it wasn’t long before Hunt was invited to join the inner circle of Chicago’s renowned Second City.
Making her television debut in an episode of American Playhouse, Hunt knew she was on the verge of stardom as she told The New York Times during a 1983 interview, “I’m right on the edge of getting another movie. It’s between me and a famous person. The studio said they’re thinking about going with somebody with a name. I said, ‘That’s great! Because I have one!’”
Hunt’s career blossomed in the 1990s despite her refusal—not once but three times—to join Saturday Night Live. “I think it would have been tough for me on that show,” she said. “Slice of life type of stuff is my forte.” That slice of life stuff is exactly what led Hunt to audition for the role of Alice Newton in the 1992 family film, Beethoven. Reprising her role in Beethoven’s 2nd in 1993, Hunt made a brief cameo in the 1993 flick Dave where she was a peppy White House Tour Guide. From there, she made silver screen appearances in Jumanji, which earned her a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as in flicks like Getting Away with Murder, Jerry Maguire and The Green Mile. She found similar success on television with a leading role in Davis Rules before she teamed up with her friend, David Letterman to write, create and produce The Building in 1993.
Starring in her own aptly named series, Bonnie, from 1995 to 1996, Hunt snagged another sitcom in the new millennium titled Life with Bonnie, which earned her a handful of awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, a Satellite Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2008, she approached producers with an idea for a new daytime talk show called The Bonnie Hunt Show. “Some of the producers said to me, ‘We haven’t had such a vague outline before,’” Hunt later admitted. “And I said, ‘It’s OK. Let’s see what happens.’”
Magic happened on the set of The Bonnie Hunt Show, which was designed as a tribute to Dean Martin and featured pictures of Hunt’s family as well as historical television personalities. The show opened with Hunt doing a monologue of current events followed by a string of guests and games with the audience as well as webcasts with her mother. Hunt’s knack for daytime comedy was stellar as the show earned three Daytime Emmy Award nominations in its first year with Hunt earning a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2010.
Apart from the honors, Hunt and the show received great praise from renowned critic Roger Ebert who tuned in to watch her interview with Captain Patrick Horan, who took a bullet to the head during his service in Iraq. “She looked Capt. Horan straight in the eyes, and talked gently but realistically about his injury and his recovery,” Ebert wrote. “I know that tone of voice. It’s how a good nurse speaks. She’s sorry you have your problems, but she isn’t there to provide sympathy. She’s there to get a hard job done…”
With The Bonnie Hunt Show wrapping up in May 2010, Hunt looked for other projects and expanded her credits as a voice actor voicing characters in Cars, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monsters University, Zootopia and Cars 3. She’s even set to reprise her role as Dolly in the highly anticipated 2019 film, Toy Story 4. On television, she’s voiced Aunt Tilly in Sofia The First since 2013 as well as Sally Carrera in Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs in 2014. She even directed a film titled Call Me Crazy: A Five Film and is set to star as Catherine Leahy Scott in the 2018 television miniseries, Escape at Dannemora.
Beyond comedy, television and film, Hunt’s personal life is down-to-earth as the diehard Cubs fan hasn’t missed an opening day at Wrigley Field since 1977. In 1988, she married an investment banker named John Murphy but, in June 2006, mentioned she was single again on the Late Show with David Letterman. With nothing else said about her personal life, the 56-year-old Hunt doesn’t mince her words about her life in the spotlight saying, “Hollywood is what you make it; you have to choose company with care because you become what they are.” Perhaps that’s why she’s happily single and working harder than ever!