Kim Hunter was an American film, theatre, and television actress. She won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, each as Best Supporting Actress, for her performance as Stella Kowalski in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire. Decades later she received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on the long running soap The Edge of Night.
Hunter was born Janet Cole in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Grace Lind, who was trained as a concert pianist, and Donald
Cole, a refrigeration engineer. She attended Miami Beach High School.
Hunter’s first film role was in the film noir The Seventh Victim in 1943. She performed in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire, playing the role of Stella Kowalski. She appeared in the 1951 film version, for which she won both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.