Magazine article Variety

Helen Hunt

Magazine article Variety

Helen Hunt

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BY 1996, CANDICE BERGEN had had enough. After five Emmy wins for lead actress in a comedy, the "Murphy Brown" star declined further nominations for the part. "Mad About You's" Helen Hunt picked up her baton. And while NBC's frank and honest sitcom about married life would eventually garner Hunt four Emmy wins - as well as launch her television directing career - she still cannot fathom why her co-star (and the series' co-creator) Paul Reiser did not have the same luck with TV Academy voters. Hunt, who this season appeared onscreen in Fox's "Shots Fired" and also directed episodes of FX's "Feud" and NBC's "This Is Us," reflects on that win for Variety, whitney friedlander

The first thing you did when you won your Emmy in 1996 was thank Candice Bergen "for her generosity of spirit."

Well, the year before she said she thought Helen Hunt would win. She teed me up and then made sure it would happen, so really it's her sixth Emmy, not my first Emmy.

You seemed prepared. You brought a sheet of paper with you to the stage.

Here's what I know: When I have been in these situations, I'm so nervous and co-dependent that I have to write names down. And then I'm so mortified at the hubris that that displays that I either write it so small that I can't read it or squeeze it so tight in my sweaty palm that I can't read it.

It's a lot of crushing so no one will see it and then being too shy to look at it. And then always leaving somebody out. I'd like a do-over where I worry about everyone else less. …

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