'NCIS' Linda Hunt celebrates 78th birthday - she overcame teasing & found love with wife in 'Jewel Box House'

NCIS Linda Hunt Celebrates 78th Birthday - Found Love with a Woman in Jewel-Box Home

Happy birthday, Linda! We hope you have a wonderful day. This post was shared on Facebook page on the 3rd of April, 2023. Karen Klein, Linda's wife, is also pictured in the comment section.

Many fans of the star who played Henrietta "Hetty" Lange on "NCIS" congratulated her and shared their love for her talent and acting skills. One follower confessed that they've always been a fan of Linda's acting.

L.L. Cool J and Linda Hunt at the "NCIS: Los Angeles" celebrates the filming of their 100th episode on August 23, 2013, in Hollywood, California
L.L. Cool J and Linda Hunt at the "NCIS: Los Angeles" celebrates the filming of their 100th episode on August 23, 2013, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Someone else wished the actress a happy birthday and wished her a "special day that was wonderful and safe." Another fan called her a "beautiful woman and actress," while others Describing her as a "sweet lady", and hoped she would return to "NCIS."

Someone else remarked how amazing Linda Hunt was, while another said they were grateful for all the entertainment she has provided. A Facebook user wished the "young lady" Linda a happy birthday and hoped she had a great day.

Linda Hunt as Hetty Lange on "NCIS: Los Angeles" on September 26, 2011
Linda Hunt as Hetty Lange on "NCIS: Los Angeles" on September 26, 2011 | Source: Getty Images

The celebrity was born in 1945 in New Jersey to Elsie and Raymond Hunt. At six months, her parents began to worry as their daughter wasn't developing motor skills at the average rate, and it was predicted that she would need institutionalization.

However, Elsie wanted to help her, so she and Raymond got theater and used books to help Linda's development. Linda's motor skills were nearly average when she began school, but she still struggled.

The actress's parents wanted her to have every opportunity possible, so they hired an acting coach and sent her to a reputable boarding school. In the past, Linda has noted how lucky she was to have parents who encouraged her on every level.

Her learning difficulties and short stature made her childhood difficult, and she often felt "totally alienated" at school from the very beginning. A teacher made her feel stupid, and the other children were often unkind.

Fan comments on a Facebook post celebrating Linda Hunt's 78th birthday on April 3, 2023 | Source: Facebook/Sharing is Caring
Fan comments on a Facebook post celebrating Linda Hunt's 78th birthday on April 3, 2023 | Source: Facebook/Sharing is Caring

Linda Hunt found that people either bullied her or cared for her, and she was often teased. The celebrity once said that by the age of ten she knew she was different and in fourth, fifth and sixth grade other kids had growth spurts except her, but the bullying gave her new purpose when she stated:

"I was a very determined kid… This happens to kids who are different in any way."

Linda Hunt after winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress on April 10, 1984 | Source: Getty Images
Linda Hunt after winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress on April 10, 1984 | Source: Getty Images

When Linda's parents took her to her first Broadway show, she realized that the stage could be a place to "feel tall" for her. While watching a "Peter Pan" production, I realized that it was something bigger than my life, and that I wanted to be like him because I felt that I wasn't.

The star compensated with her voice by sounding more authoritative than her appearance. By the time she was 16, she realized that no one talked or sounded like her, which made her feel "big" and she first appeared on stage and then on the silver screen.

Linda Hunt as Commander Chennault on "Space Rangers," on January 1, 1993
Linda Hunt as Commander Chennault on "Space Rangers," on January 1, 1993 | Source: Getty Images

During puberty and her teenage years, she was unhappy due to the meanness and teasing she endured, and to get others to take her seriously, the future star came at things with great strength. Linda emphasized her uniqueness and that she was one in a million.

Linda Hunt on "NCIS: Los Angeles" on the CBS Television Network on November 13, 2011
Linda Hunt on "NCIS: Los Angeles" on the CBS Television Network on November 13, 2011 | Source: Getty Images

When high school ended, Elsie's daughter was diagnosed with a condition that prevents the body from releasing the standard amount of growth hormones, called hypo pituitary dwarfism. Despite all the obstacles, Linda built a successful career and found the love of her life.

READ MORE: Who Is Linda's Wife and How Did They Meet?

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