Ncis: los an­ge­les

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 8 DECEMBER -

you’d swear that ac­tress linda hunt is the em­bod­i­ment of su­per­hero cos­tume de­signer edna mode from 2004 an­i­ma­tion the in­cred­i­bles – they’re both short, sassy and have the same bob hairstyle. but that’s where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end, be­cause linda, who plays hetty lange on ncis: los an­ge­les (2009-cur­rent), is so much more! the 69-year-old was born ly­dia su­sanna hunter in new jersey to ray­mond and elsie hunter, a petrol company vice pres­i­dent and a mu­sic teacher. she’s got a younger sis­ter named mar­cia. she suf­fers from hy­popi­tu­itary dwarfism – she’s only 1.45m tall. act­ing wasn’t what linda planned to do. she thought that she was too short to be an ac­tress, so she stud­ied di­rect­ing at the in­ter­lochen arts academy in 1962 and chicago’s good­man theater school in 1966. linda came out the closet in 1987 and has lived with her now-wife karen klein, a psy­chother­a­pist, since then. they of­fi­cially tied the knot in 2008. her first act­ing role was on stage, as player in the 1972 off-broad­way ham­let. linda’s first tv role was as mona in 1978 tv movie fame, while her de­but movie gig was as mrs ox­heart in popeye in 1980, op­po­site the late robin wil­liams in the ti­tle role. linda’s the only per­son to win an os­car for play­ing the op­po­site sex – she won the best sup­port­ing ac­tress in 1982 for play­ing billy kwan in drama the year of liv­ing dan­ger­ously. she’s prob­a­bly best known as tough judge zoey hiller from the prac­tice (1997-2004), but linda’s also voiced the nar­ra­tor in five god of war videogames be­tween 2007 and 2013, as well as nar­rat­ing the in­ter­na­tional spy mu­seum tour in wash­ing­ton and var­i­ous doc­u­men­taries on na­tional ge­o­graphic tele­vi­sion chan­nel. and while they share a sur­name, linda’s never met ac­tress he­len hunt – best known as jamie buch­man in mad about you (19921999).

linda hunt may be small in stature, but she’s a big deal on tv.

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