Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn

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    • December 7th, 1932
Ellen Burstyn (born Edna Rae Gillooly; December 7, 1932) is an American actress. Known for her portrayal of complicated women in dramas, Burstyn is the recipient of various accolades, and is among the few performers to have won an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony (Triple Crown of Acting). Born in Detroit, Michigan, Burstyn left school and worked as a dancer and model. She made her stage debut on Broadway in 1957 and soon started to make appearances in television shows. Stardom followed several years later with her acclaimed role in The Last Picture Show (1971), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her next appearance in The Exorcist (1973), earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film has remained popular and several publications have regarded it as one of the greatest horror films of all time. She followed this with Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), which won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She appeared in numerous television films and gained further recognition from her performances in Same Time, Next Year (1978), which won her a Golden Globe Award, and Resurrection (1980), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), and Requiem For a Dream (2000). For playing a lonely drug-addicted woman in the last one of these, she was again nominated for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In the 2010s, she made appearances in television series including the political dramas, Political Animals and House of Cards, which have earned her Emmy Award nominations. Since 2000, she has been co-president of the Actors Studio, a drama school in New York City. In 2013, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame for her work on stage. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ellen Burstyn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Acting (74 Credits)

2023The Exorcist as Chris MacNeil
2021Queen Bees as Helen Wilson
2020Pieces of a Woman as Elizabeth Weiss
2019Lucy in the Sky as Nana Holbrook
2018The Tale as Nadine 'Nettie' Fox
2018Nostalgia as Helen Greer
2017The House of Tomorrow as Josephine Prendergast
2017All I Wish as Celia Berges
2016Wiener-Dog as Nana
2016Custody as Beatrice Fisher
2015About Scout as Gram
2015The Age of Adaline as Flemming
2014Flowers in the Attic as Olivia Foxworth
2014Petals on the Wind as Olivia Foxworth
2014Interstellar as Old Murph Cooper
2014The Calling as Emily Micallef
2014Two Men in Town as Mère Garnett
2014Draft Day as Barb Weaver
2013Wish You Well as Louisa Mae Cardinal
2012Coma (2012) as Mrs. Emerson
2012Political Animals as Margaret Barrish
2011Another Happy Day as Doris Baker
2011Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You as Nanette
2009According to Greta as Katherine
2009The Mighty Macs as Mother St. John
2009The Velveteen Rabbit as Swan
2008Lovely, Still as Mary
2008The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond as Miss Addie
2008W. as Barbara Bush
2007The Stone Angel as Hagar
2007Mitch Albom's for One More Day as Pauline "Posey" Benetto
2006The Elephant King as Diana Hunt
2006The Wicker Man as Sister Summersisle
2006The Fountain as Dr. Lillian Guzetti
2006The Book of Daniel as Bishop Beatrice Congreve
2005Our Fathers as Mary Ryan
2005Mrs. Harris as Former Tarnower Steady
2004The Five People You Meet in Heaven as Ruby
2002Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood as Viviane Joan 'Vivi' Abbott Walker
2002Red Dragon as Grandma Dolarhyde (voice) (uncredited)
2000Requiem for a Dream as Sara Goldfarb
2000Mermaid as Trish
2000The Yards as Val Handler
1999Walking Across Egypt as Mattie Rigsbee
1998Playing by Heart as Mildred
1998The Patron Saint of Liars as June Clatterbuck
1998You Can Thank Me Later as Shirley Cooperberg
1997Flash as Laura Strong
1997Deceiver as Mook
1996The Spitfire Grill as Hannah Ferguson
1995How to Make an American Quilt as Hy Dodd
1995Roommates as Judith
1995The Baby-Sitters Club as Mrs. Haberman
1994Getting Out as Arlie's Mother
1994When a Man Loves a Woman as Emily
1993The Cemetery Club as Esther Moskowitz
1991Dying Young as Mrs. O'Neil
1987Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam as Mrs. Stocks (voice)
1986Act of Vengeance as Margaret Yablonski
1985Twice in a Lifetime as Kate MacKenzie
1985Surviving as Tina Brogan
1984The Ambassador as Alex Hacker
1980Resurrection as Edna
1978Same Time, Next Year as Doris
1977Providence as Sonia Langham
1974Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore as Alice Hyatt
1974Harry and Tonto as Shirley Mallard
1973The Exorcist as Chris MacNeil
1972The King of Marvin Gardens as Sally
1971The Last Picture Show as Lois Farrow
1970Alex in Wonderland as Beth Morrison
1970Tropic of Cancer as Mona
1969Pit Stop as Ellen McCleod
1964Goodbye Charlie as Franny Salzman

Herself (8 Credits)

2018Friedkin Uncut as Herself
2015Unity as Herself - Narrator (voice)
2014And the Oscar Goes to... as Herself - Interviewee
2012Love, Marilyn as Herself
2006Stardust: The Bette Davis Story as Herself
2003Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood as Herself
2003A Decade Under the Influence as Self
1998The Fear of God: 25 Years of 'The Exorcist' as Herself - 'Chris MacNeil'


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