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Academy Award-winning American film,stage and television actress. Kim Hunter (1922 – 2002) was born Janet Cole in Detroit, Michigan but raised in Florida. She attended public schools in Miami Beach, and at age 17, she made her professional debut as Penny in Penny Wise in a local Miami production in 1939. In 1943 she was discovered by a talent scout and entered into a contract with film producer David O Selznick. He loaned her that same year to the producer of The Seventh Victim which was her film debut. After appearing in several second-rate productions, her career was renewed with her appearance in the 1946 film classic A Matter of Life and Death as David Niven's fiancée. The following year, Hunter performed in the original Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire where she created the role of Stella Kowalski, for which she received both the Donaldson Award and the Variety NY Drama Critics Award. She reprised the role in the 1951 film version, for which she won both the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture. She made her TV acting debut in 1948 as a recurring player in Actors Studio (ABC, 1948-49; CBS, 1949-50). Hunter's career had a temporarily setback when her name appeared in the 1950 Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television which caused her to be blacklisted from film and television during McCarthy era. Her "subversive" acts were allowing herself to be cast in Edward Dmytryk's "Tender Comrade", a 1943 film about women who live communally during WWII, and being a sponsor for the 1949 World Peace Conference. She was still able to work in the theater during this time, appearing constantly throughout the US in regional productions and in several important Broadway productions such as Darkness at Noon (1951) and a revival of The Children's Hour (1952). She returned to films and television sporadically after McCarthyism waned, and continued her stage performances. Hunter's more recent major film roles included playing the ape scientist Zira in the first three Planet of the Apes series. She also appeared in several soap operas including The Edge of Night, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Nomination in 1980 as Best Actress for her role as Nola Madison. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Hunter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1617 Vine Street and a second star at 1715 Vine Street. She is also the author of Kim Hunter: Loose in the Kitchen, a combination autobiography and cookbook published in 1975.

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