The Sexiest Woman Over 50: Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter poses after been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on May 30, 2008 in Hollywood, California.
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1. Holly Hunter
Born March 20, 1958

Why She Sizzles:  Academy Award-winner Holly Hunter is one of the most-respected, hardest-working actresses in Hollywood, yet she strikes us—and many of her fans—as genuine and down-to-earth. With her strong features and athletic figure, Hunter brings unconventional beauty to the strong and nuanced characters she portrays. She has admirably avoided being typecast throughout her twenty-seven year film and TV career, and continues to prove her staying power with her hit TNT drama series, Saving Grace.
Holly Hunter at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 2008.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)

When We First Fell in Love:  Hunter’s portrayal of baby-craving policewoman Edwina in Raising Arizona (1987) was surprisingly tender. We loved to hear her say “Fee-ance.”

Career Highs:  Ms. Hunter is brilliant, so she shines in everything she’s in. She won her Academy Award for playing a mute pianist in The Piano, for which she played her own piano pieces. She also taught costar Anna Paquin sign language. She’s a genius.
Hunter and partner Gordon McDonald at the premiere of The Brave One on September 10, 2007.  Getty Images.

Career Lows:  We haven’t seen it, but we’re willing to bet Holly’s film debut The Burning wasn’t her best work.
“Work”: No. Hunter definitely hasn’t messed with her face. And it’s perfect just the way it is.

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