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Linda Hunt
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Hunt in September 2015
Born
Lydia Susanna Hunter

April 2, 1945 (1945-04-02) (age 75)
Alma mater Interlochen Center for the Arts
DePaul University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present
Height 1.45 m (4' 9" ft)
Spouse(s)
Karen Klein (m. 2008)
Parent(s) Raymond Hunter
Elsie Hunter (née Doying)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (1983)

Lydia Susanna Hunter (born April 2, 1945), better known by her stage name Linda Hunt, is an American actress. She first appeared on screen as Mrs. Oxheart in Popeye (1980).

Hunt's breakthrough came playing the male character Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first person to win an Oscar portraying a character of the opposite sex.

Hunt currently plays Henrietta "Hetty" Lange on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles, a role she has held since the 2009 debut.

Personal life

Hunt has been in a relationship with psychotherapist Karen Kline since 1978. The two were married in 2008.

As a teenager, Hunt was diagnosed as having hypopituitary dwarfism. Hunt stands 4 feet 9 inches (145 cm) tall. Hunt also has Turner Syndrome.

Hunt is an ambassador for the Best Friends Animal Society.

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