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Ellen Burstyn - Overview

Date of Birth: Dec 07, 1932    
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Nationality: United States
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One of the most popular actresses in film and television during the 1970s, Ellen Burstyn wowed critics and audiences alike with her enormously skilled and sympathetic performances as strong and complex women who struggle against what seem like insurmountable challenges in such films as "The Last Picture Show" (1971), "The Exorcist" (1973) and "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), which earned her an Academy Award in 1975. Despite her considerable talent and skill in both heavy drama and comedies like "Same Time, Next Year" (1978), she found it difficult to find substantial parts in the '80s, so she divided her time between running the Actors Equity Association and roles in TV movies like "The People vs. Jean Harris" (1981), as well as top-billing her own short-lived sitcom, "The Ellen Burstyn Show" (ABC, 1986-87). The actress gradually returned to feature films in the 1990s, which culminated in a harrowing Academy Award-nominated turn as a woman in the grip of addiction in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream" (2000). Now back on every director's wish list,... Read More
Appeared alongside Laura Dern in thriller "The Tale"
Appeared in anthology drama "Nostalgia"
Played a supporting role in comedy drama "The House of Tomorrow"
Played the recurring role of Elizabeth Hale on "House of Cards"
Played the head of a futuristic rest home in A&E miniseries "Coma," based on 1978 film
Co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in USA Network miniseries "Political Animals"
Was cast opposite Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom in the small-town drama "Main Street"