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    Helen Hunt

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    June 15, 1963 —

    True story: for the longest time, we thought that Helen Hunt and Holly Hunter were the same person.

    Boy, was our face red when we praised Hunt's performance in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Or when we commented how Hunter didn't deserve an Oscar for "As Good as It Gets".

    But who can blame us? It's pretty hard to tell the two apart. Both are blond, both are about the same age, both won Oscars, and both have initials of HH with "Hunt" in the last name.

    And you would think that neither of the two are Jewish. Of course not Hunter, whose Southern charm comes through on the screen. Of course not Hunt, whose WASPy shrillness was the perfect counterpart to Paul Reiser's neuroses on "Mad About You".

    And we were wrong again. Not about Hunter; nothing Jewish there. But Hunt, WASPy or not, is a quarter Jewish.

    So is that enough to tell the two apart?

    Unlikely.

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    September 9, 2008

    See Also

    Hank Azaria

    Sandra Bullock

    Marlee Matlin

    Paul Reiser

    Tony Roberts
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