Linda Hunt: A Celebrity with Turner’s Syndrome

Linda Hunt was born on April 2, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey by the name of Lydia Susanna Hunter. She began her career at a young age as an actor and singer because her mother was a music teacher. She debuted in Hollywood in the 1980’s film version of Popeye as Mrs. Oxheart. She is currently known for her role as Hetty Lange on NCIS: Los Angeles. She has also stared in movies such as Pocahontas as Grandmother Willow, Mrs. Munion in Yours, Mine, and Ours, and Shadout Mapes in Dune. Throughout her career, she has won thirteen different awards, such as the 2012 Teen Choice Award for her character on NCIS: Los Angeles and an Oscar for “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” in 1984 for her movie The Year of Living Dangerously. She has happily lived with her partner, Karen Klein, since 1987. Not only is Linda Hunt an actress, but she also has Turner’s Syndrome.

Hunt’s condition has caused her to only grow to be four feet and nine inches tall. Despite living with Turner’s Syndrome, Hunt has grown to be a well-known celebrity. She did not let her condition inhibit her career as an actress. She is considered an inspiration for women with Turner’s Syndrome that aspire to achieve their goals in life.




4 responses to “Linda Hunt: A Celebrity with Turner’s Syndrome

  1. maherc

    December 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I think that it is interesting to include this page, however I wouldn’t use the videos. I am not sure that the videos really relate to your disease. The videos provide good pop-culture information but they aren’t really related to the biology of the disease.

  2. Nemanja Vukovic

    December 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I think that it was a good idea to include this page in your Wiki, it seems like it would be beneficial, especially to those readers that might be trying to overcome something similar. However, the slide might be more effective if placed at the end of the Wiki. It is kind of hard to jump around from Human Growth Hormone –> Celebrity –> Management, without getting off track.

  3. tfischer42

    December 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I like the idea of including a celebrity in the wiki! I looks like you removed the videos, but may have kept the portions of the paragraph that refer to them. Check the last sentence and see if it should still be included.

    -Tim Fischer

  4. biowikiproject

    December 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    i like how you added this to really show that people can live through this disorder. The placement of this page is a bit off. You might want to put this toward the end.


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