Hunter had studied and graduated in drama in college then and subsequently moved to New York City to pursue her acting career. She debuted on Broadway in Crimes of the Heart. However, the Oscar winner’s big break came in the Coen brothers’ hit film Raising Arizona. For her so many other roles and functions in Broadcast News, The Firm and Thirteen, she received Academy Award nominations, winning her first Oscar for Jane Campion’s, The Piano in the year 1993. Hunter acted in various projects, including and not limited to animated fare like The Incredibles and television outings such as: When Billie Beat Bobby and Top of the Lake.
Hunter graduated from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University in the year 1980.
The celebrated actress is in a cute relationship with highly renowned actor Gordon MacDonald. The duo has twin boys together.