The Planet

Dr. Zira: Ape Scientist, Mother, and Heroine

A Special Birthday Tribute Celebrating Kim Hunter's Iconic Performance

Dr. Zira's final appearance in Escape from the Planet of the Apes left audiences feeling the profound loss of one of the franchise's most celebrated characters. As a scientist, Zira is unapologetic in her quest for the truth. As a science fiction heroine, she stops at nothing to do what she believes is right. And as a mother, she left audiences with hope for the future of the Apes.

In honor of Kim Hunter's 96th birthday, we wanted to celebrate the vibrant career of an acting legend, and how her talent and dedication made Dr. Zira one of the most beloved characters of a fifty-year franchise.