Born in rural Georgia, Hunter developed an interest in acting at a young age. It would lead her to attend college at Carnegie Mellon University, one of the countries most respected drama programs. While some thought her deep southern accent would hinder her career and options for roles, Hunter chose to embrace her accent and rose to fame playing a variety of southern characters.
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A chance meeting while being stuck in an elevator with playwright Beth Henley would lead to Hunter’s Broadway debut. Henley had just won the Pulitzer Prize for her play “Crimes of the Heart,” a story of three eccentric sisters. When Mary Beth Hurt vacated one of the roles,