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“Jim was casting this movie and this part was un-cast and he said ‘I want to see the masses,’” Hunter recalled. I thought that was odd, that should be a non-issue to me.“So my agent said, ‘Let’s get Holly in there.’” At the time, Hunter was facing some serious challenges in getting the roles she wanted. With ‘Broadcast News’ it became a non-issue, and with ‘The Piano’ it became a non-issue. Luckily, the award-winning actress recently had an hour to speak at the Hamptons International Film Festival, wherein she handily reminded us of all the (many) highlights of her career.
“I came to New York and had a boyfriend and he had a best friend,” she explained.“There were so many lead roles available when I was in my thirties,” Hunter told moderator Thelma Adams. But I got an incredibly provocative, delicious lead role in a television series called ‘Saving Grace’ and I loved the character.I was in love with the continuity of her really being able to carry a storyline, like you get to do with a lead.” She continued, “Then it ended and I was thrust back into the reality of feature films, which was a harsh one for me.An American actress and producer who is better known for winning an Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance in the 1993 movie "The Piano".She is daughter Opal Marguerite and Charles Edwin Hunter.