Ellen Burstyn Biography

Birthday: 1932-12-07
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: Born in Detroit, Ellen Burstyn worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School, she went to Texas to model and then to New York as a showgirl on "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1952). From there, it was to Montreal as a nightclub dancer and then Broadway with her debut in "Fair Game (1957)". By 1963, she appeared on the TV series "The Doctors" (1963), but she gained notice for her role in Goodbye Charlie (1964). Ellen then took time off to study acting with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Her big break came when she was cast as the female lead in The Last Picture Show (1971). For this role, she received nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award. Next, she co-starred with Jack Nicholson in The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), giving a chilling performance. Then came The Exorcist (1973). Ellen was again nominated for the Golden Globe and Academy Award. In 1974, she starred in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), playing a waitress, which is a job that she well knows. For this performance, she won the Oscar as Best Actress as well as the British award for the same category. For the Golden Globe, she was nominated but lost to Marsha Mason. The same year, Ellen made history by winning a Tony Award for the Broadway play "Same Time, Next Year". She won praise and award nominations for the movie version of Same Time, Next Year (1978) and Resurrection (1980). "Resurrection" was a another great film in which she played a woman with the power to heal. Even with all these successful movies and all the awards, Ellen found that she could barely get a job in the 80s. A succession of TV movies resulting in two Emmy nominations kept Ellen going as did the series "The Ellen Burstyn Show" (1986). The TV movies continued through the 90s. Also in the 90s, Ellen was cast in the supporting role in such movies as The Cemetery Club (1993), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), The Baby-Sitters Club (1995) and The Spitfire Grill (1996). In addition to her acting, Burstyn was the first woman president of Actor's Equity, the actors' union, from 1982 to 1985.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Within These Walls 1975 Drama
The Ellen Burstyn Show 1986 Comedy
The Babysitters Club 1995 Comedy
Roommates 1995 Comedy
Dodson's Journey Mother 2001 Drama
The Book of Daniel 2006 Comedy
Mitch Albom's For One More Day Pauline 2007 Drama
Dancing About Architecture Mildred 2009 Family
Possible Side Effects 2009
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Goodbye Charlie 1964 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Alex in Wonderland 1970
The Last Picture Show Lois Farrow 1971
The King of Marvin Gardens 1972 Crime, Drama
The Exorcist Chris MacNeil 1973 0, Reality Tv
Thursday's Game Lynne Evers 1974
Same Time, Next Year Doris 1979 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Silence of the North 1981 Drama
Surviving 1985 Drama
Twice in a Lifetime Kate MacKenzie 1985 Drama, Romance
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam 1987
Hanna's War Katalin 1988 Biography, Drama
When You Remember Me 1990 Drama
Dying Young Mrs. O'Neil 1991 Drama, Romance
Grand Isle Mademoiselle Reisz 1991 Drama
The Cemetery Club Esther Moskowitz 1993 Comedy
When a Man Loves a Woman Emily 1994 0, Biography
The Baby-Sitters Club Mrs. Haberman 1995 0, 0
Roommates 1995 Comedy, Drama
How to Make an American Quilt 1995 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Spitfire Grill Hannah Ferguson 1996 0
Our Son, the Matchmaker 1996 Drama
Resurrection Edna McCauley 1998 0
Deceiver Mook 1998 Crime, Drama, Mystery
You Can Thank Me Later Shirley Cooperberg 1999 0
Playing by Heart Mildred 1999 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb 2000 Comedy, 0
The Yards Val Handler 2000 0, Comedy, 0, Game Show
Into Thin Air 2002
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Viviane Joan 'Vivi' Abbott Walker 2002 Drama
Brush with Fate 2003 Drama
Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow 2005
The Five People You Meet in Heaven 2005 Drama, Fantasy
The Elephant King 2006 0
Mrs. Harris 2006 Drama, Thriller
The Wicker Man Sister Summerslsle 2006 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
30 Days Maura 2006 Drama, Sport
The Fountain Dr. Lillian Guzetti 2006 Drama, Romance, Sci Fi
Walking Across Egypt Mattie Rigsbee 2008
The Velveteen Rabbit The Swan 2008
Lovely, Still Mary Malone 2008 0
The Stone Angel 2008 Drama
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Miss Addie 2009
Main Street Georgiana Carr 2010 0
America Lost and Found: The BBS Story Herself 2010 Drama
Another Happy Day Doris 2011 0
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Nanette 2011
The Velveteen Rabbit Swan 2012 Family
Wish You Well Louisa Mae Cardinal 2013 0
Draft Day Barb Weaver 2014 0
The Calling Emily Micallef 2014 Thriller
Diamond in the Dust Nana Louise 2015 Drama, Family
Adaline Flemming 2015 Drama, Romance
Scout Gram 2015 Drama, Family
The Mermaid Trish 2016
Greta 2019 0