The daughter of theatrical director Gordon Hunt (who is also her acting coach), Hunt has been working since she was 9. She landed roles in a variety of TV films, including "Pioneer Woman," "Quarterback Princess," "The Miracle of Kathy Miller," "Bill: On His Own" and "Choices of the Heart."
Roles in several TV series, including "Swiss Family Robinson" and "It Takes Two," plus a recurring role as Dr. Jack Morrison's (David Morse) girlfriend on "St. Elsewhere," made it possible for Hunt to buy a house in Studio City, which she shares with a girlfriend.
FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Saturday May 18, 1985 Home Edition Calendar Part 5 Page 4 Column 1 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction
In a story in Thursday's Calendar on Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt and the film, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," the name of screenwriter Amy Spies was omitted.
Once she was cast in "Girls" and had gotten past the shock of being a blond, Hunt said she was allowed to "get real creative with who Lynne was."
To create the bizarre fashions her character bops around in, Hunt said she first "went out and bought all these European magazines--then I did everything that wasn't in them."
The actress said she thought much of her success in the film came behind the scenes. "I felt a responsibility to bring a sense of fun into the picture," she explained. "And I knew that to do that, I had to have it for myself and then spread it around. So I brought Tofuti (the healthy ice cream) to the set and got a lot of tapes from Tower Records.
"It helped. When you're making a comedy and it's 2 in the morning and you're tired and nothing's going right, there's no way you can cut ahead and think, 'Boy, this is going to be exciting when it comes out.' "
What seems to have been the most exciting aspect for Hunt and Parker is the friendship they've established since "Girls."
"Helen's a staple in my life now," Parker said. "Like rice. She's consistently a cool person, a good soul . . . and so much fun!"