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Date: 7/19/99
Source: E! Online

Helen Hunt Does It!

Helen Hunt has walked down the aisle--finally.

The Oscar-winning actress and ex-Mad About You star wed forever fiancé Hank Azaria last weekend in a small private ceremony at their Los Angeles home, her publicist confirmed today.

Hunt, who took the Best Actress Academy Award for her turn as a downtrodden waitress in the 1997 comedy-drama As Good As It Gets, reportedly became engaged to Azaria as far back as fall 1997.

The couple is skipping a honeymoon for now, her rep says. Azaria, a popular character actor, is due to begin work this week on the big-screen version of the two-hankie best-seller, Tuesdays With Morrie.

Hunt, 36, a working TV and film actor since the age of 10, recently concluded her Emmy-winning run on TV's Mad About You. She costarred on the marital-minded sitcom as prickly spouse Jamie Buchman. The daughter of TV director Gordon Hunt, Hunt helmed the series' much-watched series finale, broadcast in May.

Other credits include Twister (1996) and The Waterdance (1992).

Azaria, 35, is best known for his voice--or, specifically, for his voice-over chores on Fox's long-running The Simpsons. Moe the bartender and Chief Wiggum are two of Springfield's animated finest as essayed by Azaria. He also costarred in last summer's Godzilla.

In a bit of oh-so-cute stunt casting, Hunt supplied the voice of Moe's girlfriend in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons.

The couple also worked together on Mad About You, where Azaria guested occasionally as Nat, the dog walker.

Like his new bride, Azaria also is an Emmy winner, taking the 1997-98 voice-over trophy for another Simpsons creation, Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart worker.

Hunt next will be seen opposite Tom Hanks in Cast Away, a serious take on the Gilligan's Island dilemma, due out in 2000.

Azaria's film career looks to be boosted with the July 30 release of Mystery Men, the offbeat superhero comedy with Ben Stiller and Janeane Garafalo. Azaria is set to fight crime as the Blue Raja.

This is the first marriage for both.