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Helen Hunt mad about new baby girl

Oscar-winning actress gives birth to daughter Makena' lei
/ Source: The Associated Press

“As Good As It Gets” actress Helen Hunt has something that makes life even better: a new baby girl.

Hunt, who won an Oscar for that movie, gave birth to the child in Beverly Hills, publicist Stephen Huvane told The Associated Press on Friday.

Makena’ lei Gordon Carnahan, born May 13, and her mom are both healthy, Huvane said. The father is Hunt’s companion, Matthew Carnahan, who produced the TV series “Fastlane.”

The baby’s first name comes from a town in Maui, Hawaii, and her middle name is from Hunt’s father, TV director Gordon Hunt. She arrived several weeks early, weighing about 6 pounds.

This is the second child for Carnahan and the first for the 40-year-old Hunt, who previously was married to Hank Azaria, who voices several characters on “The Simpsons.”

Hunt, former co-star of the sitcom “Mad About You,” hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2001’s “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.” She’ll be in two upcoming films: the Oscar Wilde adaptation “A Good Woman” with Scarlett Johansson, and the HBO movie “Empire Falls,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo, which co-stars Ed Harris and Paul Newman