Ncis: los angeles
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.