Inside ‘NCIS’ Star Linda Hunt’s Renovated 1919 Home She Shares with Beloved Woman of 43 Years

Oyin Balogun
Dec 03, 2021
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American actress Linda Hunt, famous for playing Operations Manager Hetty Lange in "NCIS," lives in a renovated 1919 home with her partner of 43 years. Look inside the beautiful home and get a glimpse of Hunt's life and career. 

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Linda Hunt is an American stage and screen actress. On April 2, 1945, she was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Raymond Davy Hunt and Elsie Doying Hunt. 

Raymond was the vice president of Harper Fuel Oil, while Elsie was a piano teacher. She taught at the Westport School of Music and performed with the Saugatuck Congregational Church Choir in Westport, Connecticut. 

Linda Hunt on an episode of "NCIS: Los Angeles" [left]. Actress Linda Hunt, right, with her partner Karen Klein and their dogs sit in the living room of their recently renovated Craftsman home on September 13, 2014 [right]. | Photo: Getty Images

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Linda was raised in Westport. She had an older sister named Marcia, born five years before her. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and graduated from the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago, currently known as DePaul University. 

Linda's acting career spans theatre, film, television, and voice work roles. Before entering film and television, she was a well-known stage actress. 

In 1975, she made her Broadway debut in a production of "Ah, Wilderness." She earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her work in the 1984 play "End of the World." 

Linda Hunt arrives at the CBS, CW, CBS Television Studio and Showtime TCA party | Photo: Getty Images

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She also starred in the off-Broadway play "Top Girls and A Metamorphosis in Miniature" and in "Aunt Dan and Lemon," "Doubt," "Mother Courage and Her Children," and "Top Gun." 

Linda made her film debut in 1980 when she starred in the musical comedy "Popeye." In 1982, she played Billy Kwan in "The Year of Living Dangerously."

In the film, she played a male character and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983 for her starring performance. Hence, she became the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. 

Actress Linda Hunt posing with her Oscar, won for her role in "The Year of Living Dangerous" on at the 56th Annual Academy Awards Show, April 9, 1984 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Other films Linda starred in include the 1984 movie "Dune," 1989's "She-Devil," and 1990's "Kindergarten Cop," in which she starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

Some of the television series she has appeared in include "The Practice," "Without a Trace," and "NCIS: Los Angeles," in which she plays Operations Manager Henrietta Lange. 

Linda possesses a husky voice and has narrated numerous documentaries, commercials, and cartoons. Some of her top voice-over jobs include the role of Grandmother Willow in "Pocahontas" and narrating the "God of War" video game series. 

Actress Linda Hunt, right, with her partner Karen Klein and their dogs sit in the living room of their recently renovated Craftsman home on September 13, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images

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Linda is known for her small stature. She was diagnosed with hypopituitary dwarfism when she was a teenager and is four feet nine inches tall. 

Linda once revealed that her classmates often teased her about her height and that everyone either wanted to take care of her or push her around. 

Despite being alienated in school because of her stature, Linda's supportive family was always there for her and kept her going. She once said she was lucky her parents encouraged her on every level. 

Inside the living room of the recently renovated Craftsman home of Linda Hunt by architect Linda Brettler on September 13, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images

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While so much is known about Linda's career, hardly much is known about her personal life. Many have wondered if she is married as they know little about her love life. 

However, the truth is that the actress is indeed married. She has been in a relationship with Karen Kline, a retired psychotherapist, since 1978. The lovebirds tied the knot in 2008, 20 years after they first met. 

Linda and Kline reportedly do not have any children but share their beloved dogs, which the actress once spoke about in a 2016 interview. 

Sun room at recently renovated Craftsman home of actress Linda Hunt, on September 19, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images

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Linda and Kline live in a Hollywood Craftsman home, a 1919 bungalow, along with their dogs. In 2014, they welcomed the Los Angeles Times into the beautiful property. While speaking with the publication, Linda said they bought the property intending to renovate it. She said

"This house has whimsy and a special kind of elegance. It's welcoming." 

The living room of Linda and Klein's home features star-shaped light fixtures and a warm mix of antique furnishings. The living room also features an antique chair with wooden armrests carved in the shape of dog heads. 

Recently renovated Craftsman home of actress Linda Hunt, on September 19, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images

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The house features a 200-square-foot sunroom that feels like an airy alcove with dramatic Designers Guild wallpaper detailing complex topiary trees, clerestory windows, and vaulted ceilings that allow natural light to come in. 

The sunroom's exterior has gray board-and-batten siding, and a saltbox pitched roof primarily found in New England, where Linda and her wife grew up. 

As part of the renovations in the house, the central hallway was moved south. It resulted in the addition of three feet of space to the corridor. 

Hallway with stained-glass skylight , connecting the dining room to the bedroom at recently renovated Craftsman home of actress Linda Hunt, September 19, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images

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A bedroom off the living room was transformed into a den and library, which can also serve as a guest room. The changes made in the house also allowed it to have a circular path. 

The house's master bathroom's walls are painted lavender. They also feature watercolor-hued tiles from Filmore Clark. Meanwhile, the dining has a simple design. 

The home's kitchen features a mixture of colors. The cabinets were repainted in a warm neutral color while the doors and windows have New England blue trim.

Den at recently renovated Craftsman home of actress Linda Hunt, September 19, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images

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Linda has learned to deal with disappointments, despair, and even success throughout her life. An example of the setbacks she faced in her life was in March 2018, when she was hospitalized following a car wreck. 

She was driving a black BMW SUV and attempted making a left turn when she hit a sedan before colliding with a Honda SUV. Linda was visibly shaken after the crash as eyewitnesses had to escort her to a lawn chair on the sidewalk. 

After paramedics evaluated Linda, they determined she had to be taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, the drivers of the two other vehicles sustained minor injuries. 

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Actress Linda Hunt, right, with her partner Karen Klein and their dogs sit in the living room of their recently renovated Craftsman home on September 13, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images

After her hospitalization, Linda made a statement, revealing she was recovering and had no serious injuries from the crash. She also thanked everyone for their good wishes. 

Linda quickly recovered from the crash and resumed filming "NCIS." She is undoubtedly a strong woman and has never allowed setbacks to determine her life's path. 

The 76-year-old loves nothing more than spending time with her 70-year-old spouse in their beautiful home with their adorable dogs. Of course, that kind of picture entirely befits the woman called Linda. 

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