Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an American actress, director, and screenwriter. She rose to fame portraying Jamie Buchman in the sitcom Mad About You (1992–1999), for which she won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and four Emmy Awards (Primetime) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Actress for starring as Carol Connelly in the romantic comedy As Good as It Gets (1997), while her portrayal of Cheryl Cohen-Greene in The Sessions (2012), garnered her an additional Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other notable films are Twister (1996), Cast Away (2000), What Women Want (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), Bobby (2006), Soul Surfer (2011) and The Miracle Season (2018).
Hunt made her directorial film debut with Then She Found Me (2007), and has since directed the film Ride (2014) and episodes of such television series as House of Lies, This Is Us, Feud: Bette and Joan and American Housewife.