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As Good as It Gets

It's a girl for Helen Hunt. The newborn is the first child for the Oscar-winning actress and her beau, TV producer Matthew Carnahan

Helen Hunt | MAD ABOUT HER Hunt (at a February premiere) had a girl
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MAD ABOUT HER Hunt (at a February premiere) had a girl

Here's who Helen Hunt is mad about now: her new baby. People reports that the Oscar-winning actress and her boyfriend, TV producer Matthew Carnahan (''Fastlane''), became parents on May 13 of a daughter they named Makena lei Gordon Carnahan. The newborn, who weighed in at less than 6 pounds, arrived three weeks early, but a source close to Hunt tells People that ''both Helen and the baby are great, perfectly healthy.''

It's the first child for Carnahan, 43, and Hunt, 40. Before she began dating Carnahan in 2001, she was married for 17 months to ''Simpsons'' actor and ''Mad About You'' costar Hank Azaria; they split in late 2000. Fans of Hunt, who's been absent from the big screen for three years, will see her again later this year in the Oscar Wilde adaptation ''The Good Woman,'' while she'll return to TV this fall for the first time since ''Mad About You'' ended in 1999, in the HBO movie ''Empire Falls.''

Originally posted May 21, 2004