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Bonnie Lynn Hunt (born September 22, 1961)[1] is an American comedian, actress, director, producer, writer and television host. Her film roles include Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

Bonnie Hunt
Hunt at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival
Birth nameBonnie Lynn Hunt
Born (1961-09-22) September 22, 1961 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Alma materNotre Dame High School for Girls
Years active1984–present
GenresImprovisational comedy
SpouseJohn Murphy (1988-c. 2006, divorced)
Parent(s)Robert Edward Hunt
Alice E. Hunt (née Jatczak)

Hunt has done voice work in A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Cars franchise, Zootopia, Toy Story 3, and Toy Story 4. She starred in Grand and Davis Rules, as well as creating, producing, writing, and starring in The Building, Bonnie, and Life with Bonnie. From 2008 to 2010, she hosted The Bonnie Hunt Show.


Early lifeEdit

Bonnie Lynn Hunt was born on September 22, 1961, in Chicago, to Robert Edward Hunt, an electrician, and Alice E. Hunt (née Jatczak), a homemaker.[2] Her father was of Irish and Belgian ancestry and her mother is of Polish descent.[3][4][5] She has three older brothers named Patrick, Kevin, and Tom, two older sisters named Cathy and Carol, and a younger sister named Mary.[citation needed] She was educated in Catholic schools, attending St. Ferdinand Grammar School and Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago, and worked part-time as a nurse's aide.[6]

In 1982, Hunt worked as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In 1984, she co-founded an improvisational comedy troupe called An Impulsive Thing.[6] Hunt also performed as a member of Chicago's world-famous the Second City, joining in 1986.

In 1988, while a nurse, Hunt auditioned on her lunch break, for the role of waitress Sally Dibbs in Rain Man and won it.[6]


In 1990, Hunt portrayed Carol Anne Smithson in Grand. She refused to become a cast member of Saturday Night Live because the series' producers generally frowned on her preferred improvisational style.[7] In 1992, she was offered the part of B. J. Poteet, a replacement for Julia Duffy, on Designing Women.[7] Instead, she chose to co-star in Davis Rules.

In 1993, Hunt teamed with good friend David Letterman to produce The Building. The series was also filmed live; mistakes, accidents, and forgotten lines were often left in the aired episode.[citation needed] In 1995, Hunt and Letterman reteamed with The Bonnie Hunt Show (later retitled Bonnie), which featured many of the same cast members as The Building and the same loose style. The show was praised by critics but was canceled after 11 of the 13 episodes produced were aired. In 2002, Hunt returned to television with Life with Bonnie. Her role on the series earned her a 2004 Emmy nomination (which was her first). Despite fair ratings, the series was canceled in its second season. Hunt announced on Live with Regis and Kelly that ABC had offered her another sitcom, in which she would have portrayed a divorced detective. This pilot titled Let Go (also known as Crimes and Dating) was not picked up for the fall 2006 schedule.

She directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in Return to Me. It was filmed in her Chicago neighborhood and included bit parts for a number of her relatives. The film, which received a positive reception from critics,[8] was largely influenced by Hunt's blue-collar Catholic upbringing in Chicago.[9]

Hunt portrayed Alice Newton in Beethoven and Beethoven's 2nd, Sarah Whittle/Madam Serena in Jumanji, and Kate Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She portrayed the sister of Renée Zellweger's character in Jerry Maguire and Jan Edgecomb in The Green Mile. She portrayed Grace Bellamy in Loggerheads. She has provided her voice for a total of eight Pixar films: A Bug's Life as Rosie, Monsters, Inc. as Ms. Flint, Cars and Cars 2 as Sally Carrera, Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 as Dolly, and Monsters University as Karen Graves. In addition, Hunt received a writing credit on Cars, reprised her role as Sally in Cars 2 and Cars 3, and voiced Bonnie Hopps in Walt Disney Animation Studios' film, Zootopia, which marked her first non-Pixar animated film.

In 1995, Bonnie confessed to Entertainment Weekly Magazine that she has often been mistaken in public for future Oscar-winner Helen Hunt(no relation), but doesn't mind it and doesn't bother to correct them when asked for autographs. In fact, she often confuses them even more by signing the name of actress Linda Hunt(again, no relation).

The Bonnie Hunt ShowEdit

In 2007, Hunt taped a pilot episode for Telepictures. The pilot was approved and the talk show was created. The Bonnie Hunt Show premiered on Monday, September 8, 2008. The set design was a tribute to Dean Martin and on the walls are pictures of historic television personalities, as well as Hunt's family members. The series was inspired by the format of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the host and guests often interacting with the audience. Many of the series' staffers were longtime friends of Hunt's from Chicago. The series typically started with an opening monologue followed by guest interviews and games played with the audience. Hunt's mother Alice often appeared in webcasts from her home in Chicago. The Bonnie Hunt Show taped in Culver City, California, and was viewed in 17 of the top 20 US television markets in the United States. In its first year, The Bonnie Hunt Show was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards, for opening theme, hairstyle, and makeup. It won the Gracie Award for "Outstanding Talk Show" in 2009. In 2010, Hunt was nominated for "Outstanding Talk Show Host" at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The final episode aired on May 26, 2010.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1988, Hunt married investment banker John Murphy. During her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on June 6, 2006, she mentioned that she was single again, implying that she and Murphy had separated.

Hunt's hometown is Chicago, Illinois.[10] She is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having not missed an opening day at Wrigley Field since 1977. She was in attendance in Cleveland, along with fellow Cubs fans Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray and John Cusack, for the Cubs' historic Game 7 victory during the 2016 World Series.

She is a supporter of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, of which she is an honorary board member.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Rain Man Sally Dibbs
1992 Beethoven Alice Newton
1993 Dave White House Tour Guide
Beethoven's 2nd Alice Newton
1994 Only You Kate Corvatch
1995 Now and Then Mrs. DeWitt
Jumanji Sarah Whittle / Madam Serena Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996 Getting Away with Murder Gail Holland
Jerry Maguire Laurel Boyd
1998 A Bug's Life Rosie (voice)
Kissing a Fool Linda Streicher
1999 Random Hearts Wendy Judd
The Green Mile Jan Edgecomb Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000 Return to Me Megan Dayton Also director and writer
2001 Monsters, Inc. Ms. Flint (voice)
2002 Stolen Summer Margaret O'Malley Limited release
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Kate Baker
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Kate Baker
Loggerheads Grace
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Stella Lewis
Cars Sally Carrera (voice)
2009 Hurricane Season Principal
2010 Toy Story 3 Dolly (voice)
2011 Hawaiian Vacation Dolly (voice) Short film
Cars 2 Sally Carrera (voice)
2013 Monsters University Karen Graves (voice)
2016 Zootopia Bonnie Hopps (voice)
2017 Cars 3 Sally Carrera (voice) [12]
2019 Toy Story 4 Dolly (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1984 American Playhouse Foxtrot Dancer Episode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"
1990 Grand Carol Anne Smithson Main role
1991–92 Davis Rules Gwen Davis Main role
18 episodes
1993 The Building Bonnie Kennedy Lead role
Also creator, executive producer, writer
1995–96 Bonnie Bonnie Kelly Also producer, writer
Viewers for Quality Television Founder's Award (1996)
1997 Wheel of Fortune Herself
2002–04 Life with Bonnie Bonnie Molloy Also creator, director, executive producer
Nominated: TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy (2003),
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2003 / 2004),
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2003 / 2004),
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2004)
2006 Let Go Director (film)
2008–10 The Bonnie Hunt Show Herself / Host Also executive producer, writer
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host (2010)
2010 The Life & Times of Tim Gabe's Mother (voice) Episodes: "Nagging Blonde / Tim and the Elephant"
2013–2018 Sofia the First Aunt Tilly (voice) Recurring role
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Director (film)
Episode: "Eddie" segment
2014 Cars Toons: Tales From Radiator Springs Sally Carrera (voice) Recurring role
2018 Escape at Dannemora Catherine Leahy Scott Miniseries; recurring role

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2006 Cars Sally Carrera
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama
2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game Dolly

Theme park attractionsEdit

Year Title Role
2012–present Radiator Springs Racers Sally Carrera


  1. ^ "About Bonnie Hunt (1961– )".
  2. ^ "Bonnie Hunt Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  3. ^ Bonnie Hunt, host; Jared Padalecki, guest (February 10, 2009). "Episode". The Bonnie Hunt Show.
  4. ^ Grahnke, Lon (April 14, 1992). "Hunt draws on improv talents for 'Davis' role". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 43. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: Genealogy Report: Descendants of Joannis Backes". Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c
  7. ^ a b Collins, Scott (August 31, 2008). "Hunt ready to take on daytime". Chicago Tribune. p. 10. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  8. ^ "Return to Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  9. ^ Stack, Peter (April 2, 2000). "Hunt's Full Heart". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  10. ^ Reiss, Dawn (April 17, 2009). "Teamin Up with Bonnie Hunt". The Saturday Evening Post. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  11. ^ "Honorary Board". Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  12. ^ "Sneak peek: 'Cars 3' zooms ahead with new character Cruz Ramirez". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 29, 2017.

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