Though she never achieved the sex-symbol status of an Elizabeth Hurley or a Catherine Zeta Jones, the American actress, film director, and screenwriter Helen Hunt with her housewife image, has plodded away towards success. She is well known for her solid work-ethic that was evident in her sitcom, Mad About Youwhich she starred in for 7 years. That hardworking nature is also evident from her rich bag of awards - four Emmys, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guilds and an Oscar!
Through sheer dint of hard work, Helen Hunt has become one of the most in-demand actresses of the times. Though she started off as a television actress with roles in more than a dozen television shows, she has a long list of movies in which she has performed extremely well too. Her filmography extends to over 56 titles. At first glance, one would be tempted to credit her net worth to her many acting opportunities. However, the truth is that it has all come because of her hardworking nature.
A net worth of $55 million warrants some lavish spending. Helen Hunt seems to have wisely invested her wealth with a 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom house in Los Angeles with another one located in Manhattan, New York City. Another investment has been her own production company, Connie Travel, which she started under Sony Pictures Entertainment. Though not a lavish vacationer, she indulges in seaside resorts and has been spotted on a number of occasions in the Hawaii islands.
And being a highly successful actress, she has no options but to be a regular at several events, most of them being award ceremonies. She also is active is charity work, supporting the causes for children, human rights and creative arts. Thus, she backs UNICEF and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
Born as the daughter of director and acting coach father and a photographer mother, Helen Hunt was cut out for acting. She was diligent and persevering from age 3 itself and by 8, she made her acting debut in Ark II.She went on to blossom into a specialist television actress with appearances in The Mary Tyler Moore Show,Knots Landing, Family Ties, The Bionic Woman and The Facts of Life with a recurring role in the highly popular St. Elsewhere. She also starred in several TV-movies and faced no dearth of acting opportunities. It was in 1992 that she finally cast away her 'TV actress' title which seemed to stick to her for life. The Waterdance helped her catapult into the big league which ultimately lead to her Oscar-winning performance inAs Good As it Gets in 1996. The next 3 years saw her busy in Mad About You at the end of which she seemed mad about Hank Azaria, exchanging wedding vows with him in 1999. The marriage lasted only a year and Helen Hunt began to explore herself as a director and screenwriter too. With a string of movies in 2000 and the years following that, Helen has been often considered as the actress most in-demand. From 2001, she has been in a relationship with director Mathew Carnahan from which she has a daughter born in 2004.