'NCIS: LA' Star Linda Hunt Has A Rare Form Of Dwarfism, Which Caused Her 4'9'' Height And Petite Stature

August 30, 2019

Linda Hunt is best known to NCIS: Los Angeles fans as tough, but lovable, Hetty. When we think about Linda, first thing that comes to mind is how petite she is, and in fact the actress is only 4 feet 9 inches tall (145 cm).

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But don't be fooled by her small stature, Hunt's character on NCIS gives everyone a hard time and receives her well-deserved respect. Unfortunately, the actress herself had to go through a lot before she could win over the hearts of fans with her incredible charisma.

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Linda dealt with bullies as a child

The famous actress once confessed during an interview on CBS Morning that she was often bullied in school due to her height:

I was teased a lot, sure I was, of course. Fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, everybody was taking their spurts except me. I was not growing up.

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It turned out Linda had hypopituitary dwarfism. She was diagnosed as a teenager and embraced her condition. Hunt actually said being bullied helped her overcome the stigma of dwarfism and become the woman she is today.

What is hypopituitary dwarfism?

Hypopituitary dwarfism is a rare disease that stems from insufficient production of hormones in the pituitary gland. This gland is a crucial part of our endocrine system and provides the human growth hormone.

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If the pituitary gland shows signs of low hormone production in children, it can result in impaired growth, also known as dwarfism. It's only possible to somewhat normalize hormone levels and help a child reach regular height upon early detection of the disorder.

Hypopituitary dwarfism is quite rare. According to a study conducted in Utah, only 1 case of growth hormone deficiency was detected per 3,500 children.

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However, it's difficult to accurately pinpoint the number of cases worldwide as it may vary due to lack of reporting.

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