Ellen Barkin Biography

Birthday: 1954-04-16
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: Offbeat, unconventionally pretty, and utterly mesmerizing, Ellen Barkin was born in 1954 of Jewish parentage, the daughter of a chemical salesman and hospital administrator. Raised in the South Bronx and Queens, New York area, she wanted to be an actress as early as her teens and was eventually accepted into Manhattan's High School of the Performing Arts. Barkin then attended Hunter College and received her degree after double majoring in history and drama. At one point she wanted to teach ancient history, but instead turned her thoughts back to her first love - acting. Barkin then continued her education at New York's Actor's Studio. Fearful of the auditioning process, she studied acting for seven years before finally landing her first audition. While continuing her studies, she worked as a waitress at the avant-garde Ocean Club. Performing off-Broadway in such plays "Shout Across the River" (1979), "Extremities" (1983), "Fool for Love" (1984) and "Eden Court" (1985), she was applauded across the board for her first film lead in Diner (1982) opposite Mickey Rourke and Daniel Stern, and pursued tough-cookie sex status thereafter with such quirky roles in The Big Easy (1986) starring Dennis Quaid and Siesta (1987) with Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, whom she married in 1987 and separated from in 1993 after producing a son and daughter. She and Byrne divorced in 1999. With trademark squinting eyes and slightly off-kilter facial features, Barkin continued the fascination of her seamy/steamy girl-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks status most notably opposite Al Pacino in the thriller Sea of Love (1989). In addition, she was well cast as Robert De Niro's abused wife in This Boy's Life (1993), and portrayed "Calamity Jane" in Wild Bill (1995) with earnest. Other impressionable offbeat projects included roles in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) and Mercy (2000). On TV, she was well-cast in the mini-movie Clinton and Nadine (1988) (TV) and won an Emmy award for her gripping performance in Before Women Had Wings (1997) (TV) opposite Oprah Winfrey as another abused wife who, in this case, turns her violent anger on her own daughters. In 2000, Barkin married billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, eleven years her senior and chairman of the Revlon company, and put her career relatively on hold. They went through an acrimonious divorce in 2006. Just prior to her divorce in late 2005, Barkin ventured into independent film production with "Applehead Pictures", a company she set up with her brother George Barkin, who is a scriptwriter and former editor-in-chief of National Lampoon and High Times, and former Independent Film Channel executive Caroline Kaplan. In her first major acting appearance since her divorce from Perelman, Barkin co-starred in Ocean's Thirteen (2007) with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and former co-star Pacino. She currently (2007) lives with her two teenage children in Manhattan.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Big Easy Anne Osborne 1986 Action
Drop Dead Gorgeous Annette Atkins 2006 - Comedy
The New Normal Jane Forrest 2012 - 2013 Comedy
Happyish Dani Kirschenbloom 2015 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Diner Beth Schreiber 1982 Comedy, Drama
Tender Mercies 1983 Drama, Music
Eddie and the Cruisers Maggie Foley 1983 Drama, Mystery, Music
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Penny Priddy 1984 0, Sport, 0, Biography
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Virginia 1985 Drama
Terminal Choice Mary O'Connor 1985 Horror, Thriller
The Big Easy Anne Osborne 1986 0, 0, Comedy, Game Show
Desert Bloom Aunt Starr 1986 0, 0
Down by Law Laurette 1986 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Siesta Claire 1987 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Sea of Love Helen Cruger 1989 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Johnny Handsome Sunny Boyd 1989 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Switch Amanda Brooks 1991 Comedy, Fantasy
Mac Oona Goldfarb 1993 Drama
This Boy's Life Caroline Wolff 1993
Into the West Kathleen 1993 Family, Adventure
Bad Company Margaret Wells 1995 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Wild Bill Calamity Jane 1995 Action, Biography
Mad Dog Time Rita Everly 1996 0, 0, 0
The Fan Jewel Stern 1996 Drama, Sport, Thriller
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 Adventure, Drama
The White River Kid Eva Nell La Fangroy 1999 Comedy
Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Maggie Skolnick 2000 Thriller, Drama
Someone Like You Diane Roberts 2001 Comedy, Romance
She Hate Me 2004 Comedy, Drama
Palindromes 2005 Drama, Adventure, Comedy
Happy Tears Shelly 2010
Operation: Endgame Empress 2010
Drop Dead Gorgeous Annette Atkins 2010 0, 0
Another Happy Day Lynn 2011 0
Shit Year Colleen West 2011 Drama
Operation: Endgame Empress 2012 Action, Comedy