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Name: Kim Hunter                                                                       
Birth name: Janet Cole                                                                 
Born: 12 November 1922 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.                                         
Died: 11 September 2002 New York, New York, U.S.                                       
Kim Hunter (November 12, 1922 – September 11, 2002) was an Academy Award-winning     
American film and stage actress.                                                       
Hunter was born Janet Cole in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Donald Cole and       
Grace Lind. She attended Miami Beach High School.                                       
Hunter performed in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire       
(1947), playing the role of Stella Kowalski. She appeared in the 1951 film, for         
which she won both the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe           
Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture.                                     
She appeared opposite Mickey Rooney in the 1957 live broadcast of The Comedian,         
a harrowing drama written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.           
She was blacklisted from film and television during the Hollywood communism             
paranoia created by McCarthyism.                                                       
Kim Hunter playing the ape scientist Zira in Planet of the Apes                         
Her other major film roles include David Niven's love interest in the classic           
film A Matter of Life and Death (1946), and Zira the chimpanzee scientist in the       
first three of the Planet of the Apes series. She also appeared in several soap         
operas, most notably as Nola Madison on The Edge of Night, for which she               
received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1980 as Best Actress. She also             
starred in several episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in the mid                 
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Kim Hunter has a star on           
the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1617 Vine Street and a second star at 1715 Vine           
In 2002, Kim Hunter died of cardiac arrest in New York City at the age of 79.