Very cheerful and really funny, Bonnie Hunt is an American actress and comedienne who is renowned for her absolute hilarity and her utter brilliance in front of the camera. Having started her acting career since the late ’80’s, Bonnie Hunt is considered a legend in Hollywood who has put out an amazing body of work over the years. Apart from her work as an actress, she is a producer and has wowed people with her hard work which has literally translated to huge success over time.
As an actress, Bonnie Hunt is now best known for her portrayal of Sarah Whittle in Jumanji, an American fantasy adventure film. She is also hailed for her stunning performance in The Green Mile, a fantasy crime drama film in which she played the role of Jan Edgecomb. She has been nominated for many awards for her work on TV and has gone on to win many.
Bonnie Hunt – Biography
Bonnie Hunt was born on the 22nd of September in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, where she grew up in Chicago with the rest of her family. The actress’ full birth name has been revealed to be Bonnie Lynn Hunt even though she is now more simply called Bonnie Hunt.
Bonnie was born to a father identified as Robert Edward Hunt and a mother called Alice E. Hunt. Her father used to work as an electrician and her mother used to be a homemaker. Bonnie is not an only child; she has siblings with whom she grew up in Chicago. The actress has three older brothers and two older sisters identified as Patrick, Kevin, Tom, Cathy and Carol. She also has a younger sister named Mary. The siblings, who usually went to the movies together with their mother, had a great time as kids. Even though Bonnie is clearly an American woman, it is noteworthy that she also has Irish and Belgian roots.
Growing up, Bonnie Hunt had her education in Catholic schools. She attended the St. Ferdinand Grammar School as well as the Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago. It is not very clear what college she attended but we know that she has a nursing degree and also has a Registered Nurse certification. She subsequently worked as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Bonnie Hunt has always been a hilarious lady with an immense ability to crack people up. After being encouraged to consider being a comedienne, she went on to collaborate with friends and co-founded an improvisational comedy troupe which they called An Impulsive Thing. She also used to perform as a member of The Second City, another Improvisational comedy troupe which was very famous at the time. She started gaining some fame as a comedienne who had the ability to send people holding their sides with laughter. All this time, she also kept working as a nurse.
While working entertaining people as a comedienne, Bonnie Hunt also knew she wanted to act as an actress and it was not too long before she got her chance to show the world what she has got.
Movies And TV Shows
In 1988, when she was about 27 years old and while she was still working as a nurse and comedienne, Bonnie Hunt auditioned for the role of Sally Dibbs, a waitress in Rain Man a comedy-drama road movie. She eventually won the role and her journey into Hollywood began.
In 1990, Bonnie attracted some attention to herself after appearing in Grand, a TV series in which she played Carol Anne Smithson. The next year in 1991, she continued causing some waves with her performance in Davis Rules, another TV series in which she starred as Gwen Davis. She then went on to portray Alice Newton in Beethoven, a comedy/drama movie in 1992.
1993 was a busy year for Bonnie. First, she was cast as a White House Tour Guide in Dave, a romantic-comedy movie. She then appeared as Bonnie Kennedy in The Building, a TV Series which she collaborated to produce with David Letterman. She went on to appear in Beethoven’s 2nd as Alice Newton before rounding up the year with appearances in For Goodness Sake, a short movie.
In 1995, Bonnie Hunt won wide acclaim after portraying Sarah Whittle in Jumanji. Her performance in the movie was so impressive that she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role. That same year, she appeared in Now and Then as Mrs. DeWitt. In 1996, she appeared in the iconic movie Jerry Maguire Laurel Boyd.
Over the years, Bonnie has continued to stun people with her prowess on camera. In 1999, she was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress for her performance as Jan Edgecomb in The Green Mile, a fantasy crime drama film. In 2002, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for her work on Life with Bonnie, a sitcom she created. She also got lots of other nominations for her work on the show.
Her most recent works include voicing roles in Zootopia, a 2016 3D computer-animated comedy film and Cars 3, a 2017 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. She also appeared as Catherine Scott in Escape at Dannemora in 2018.
There is not a doubt in the world that Bonnie Hunt has made quite a lot of money during her career as an actress, comedienne and voice actor. She has also been a producer and talk show host and all these ventures are expected to have fetched her lots of money over the years. At the moment, the actress is estimated to be worth about $10 million by several sources.