Just days before her new film, Cast Away, debuts, Helen Hunt is ready to permanently cast off hubby Hank Azaria.

Hunt officially filed for divorce Monday. According to her Los Angeles Superior Court divorce petition, the Academy Award-winning actress cited irreconcilable differences as the reason to end her 17-month marriage to Azaria.

Was it his many voices? Her gazillion film shoots a year? Alas, their publicists aren't saying.

Back in August, however, their publicists announced the couple's separation, confirming rumors the two had been living apart for several months.

"They're still very good friends, and it was a decision they came to together," Hunt's rep, Stephen Huvane, said at the time. Azaria's rep, Stan Rosenfeld, issued a similar statement but refused to confirm whether a divorce was in the works.

The couple married on July 17, 1999, in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles-area home. That made official an engagement that had lasted two years.

Hunt, 37, won an Oscar opposite Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets. She is currently costarring with Mel Gibson in What Women Want, which opened last weekend with almost $34 million at the box office. She'll next appear as Tom Hanks' wife in Cast Away, which opens Friday.

Hunt's career began when she was 10, but she didn't hit the big time until her Emmy-winning role opposite Paul Reiser on NBC's Mad About You.

Azaria, 36, who won an Emmy for his role in the ABC TV-movie Tuesdays with Morrie, is best known for playing the naked butler in The Birdcage, frequent appearances on Mad About You as Nat the dog walker and, of course, his Emmy-winning voicework for such characters as Moe the bartender and Chief Wiggum on The Simpsons.

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