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Kim Hunter

Birth Name:
Janet Cole
Birth Place:
Detroit, Michigan, United States

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


  • 2000Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1952Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1951Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner


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