Kim Hunter

  • Birth Name: Janet Cole
  • Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Died: September 11, 2002
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Her mother was a classical pianist. 
  • She was a founding member of the Actors Studio.
  • Took the name Kim from the character Magnolia's daughter in the musical Show Boat.
  • Best known for her role as Marlon Brando's wife Stella in the film and stage versions of A Streetcar Named Desire; she earned an Oscar for the film. (Brando's desperate plea of "Stella!!!" is an iconic film moment.)
  • Also known to many for her portrayal of Dr. Zira in Planet of the Apes film franchise.
  • Was blacklisted by the film industry during the McCarthy era. One reason for this was her appearance in a 1943 film (Tender Comrade) seen by some as pro-Soviet.
  • Wrote an autobiography-cookbook titled Loose in the Kitchen.


  • 2000, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1952, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner


  • William Baldwin — Ex-husband
  • Robert Emmett — Husband
  • Kathryn Baldwin — Daughter
  • Donald Cole — Father
  • Grace Lind — Mother
  • Bliss Stebbins — Stepfather
  • Sean Emmett — Son