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Ellen Burstyn, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Ellen Burstyn: Best Actress, 1974: MovieActors.com

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ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (Drama – PG)

Ellen Burstyn won for her performance as a spunky widow, who works at various jobs with a young son in tow, as she tries to start a new life.














About Ellen Burstyn (1932 – )

American leading actress, whose real name was Edna Gilhooley. Ellen was born on December 7th, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan; the daughter of Correine Marie and John Austin Gillooly. She graduated from Detroit's Cass Technical High School.

Ellen started her show business career as a model, when she left for Texas for modeling opportunities. Ellen wound up going to New York, and switched to dancing, when she was cast as one of the many showgirls on The Jackie Gleason Show. Ellen then found work in Montreal as a nightclub dancer for a stint.

Ellen came back to New York City, and tried acting. She was cast in a Broadway play, FAIR GAME, in 1957. Ellen had found something that she loved to do; being a thespian. She was cast on the TV Series, THE DOCTORS in 1963. Her first big film that sparked interest in her abilities was the 1964 film, GOOD-BYE CHARLIE.

This film experience inspired her to go and study the art of acting with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Studying her craft made her a stronger contender for roles in film, plays and TV work; making it time well spent. Ellen started the 70s' with a boost to her career, being cast in the film, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. She was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

In 1974, Ellen was cast as the star in the film, ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and was honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Her role became the basis for a television series starring Linda Lavin.

Ellen Burstyn won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play, SAME TIME NEXT YEAR. She was cast in the same role in the film version of SAME TIME NEXT YEAR, co-starring with Alan Alda. Ellen was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and won a Golden Globe for this same film performance.

IN THE 1980S', roles slowed down for Ellen, despite all of her successes and awards, but she didn't give up and found ways to continue to act in films, in plays and on television, earning more recognition as an actress. In an interview, Ellen explained how she kept herself in the game. "It's unfortunate but our society is such that, for women in Hollywood, you get to a certain age and just fall off a cliff. But in my case, I refuse to die. I will hang on, by a little finger if necessary."

Ellen Burstyn was also nominated for:

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (71- Supporting)
THE EXORCIST (73 - Actress)
SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR (78 - Actress)
RESURRECTION (80 - Actress)

Ellen Burstyn's notable movie credits include...

GOODBYE CHARLIE (1964)
FOR THOSE WHO THINK YOUNG (1964)
PIT STOP (1969)
THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS (1972)
PROVIDENCE (1977)
SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (1978)
RESURRECTION (1980)
SILENCE OF THE NORTH (1981)
THE AMBASSADOR (1984)
HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT (1984)
THE BABY SITTER'S CLUD (1995)
THE SPITFIRE GRILL (1996)
CROSS THE LINE (1996)
DECEIVER (1997)
PLAYING BY HEART (1998)
YOU CAN THANK ME LATER (1999)
WALKING ACROSS EGYPT (1999)
THE YARDS (1999)
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000)
DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD (2002)
DISTANCE (2002)
RED DRAGON (2002)
THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN (2004)
THE ELEPHANT KING (2008)
GRETA (2008)
THE WICKER MAN (2006)
THE FOUNTAIN (2006)
30 DAYS (2006)
THE STONE ANGEL(2008)
THE ELEPHANT KING (2008)
GRETA (2008)
W.(2008)
LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND (2009)
POLIWOOD (2009)
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT (2009)
ACCORDING TO GRETA (2009)
LOVELY, STILL (2010)
THE MIGHTY MACS ( 2011)
MAIN STREET (2011)
ANOTHER HAPPY DAY (2011)
DRAFT DAY (2014)
THE CALLING (2014)
INTERSTELLAR (2014)
RIVER OF FUNDAMENT (2014)
TWO MEN IN TOWN (2014)
THE AGE OF ADALINE (2015)

Ellen Burstyn's television credits include...

THURSDAY'S GAME (1974)
THE PEOPLE VS JEAN HARRIS (TV MOVIE 1981)
THE PEOPLE VS. JEAN HARRIS (1984)
SURVIVING (1985)
TWICE IN A LIFETIME (1985)
THE HELEN BURSTYN SHOW (TV SERIES 1986)
A WILL OF THEIR OWN (Mini-series 1998)
NIGHT RIDE HOME (TV MOVIE 1999)
DODSON'S JOURNEY (2001)
WITHIN THESE WALLS (2001)
THAT'S LIFE (TV Series 2000-2002)
BRUSH WITH FATE (TV MOVIE 2003)
FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN (TV MOVIE 2004)
OUR FATHERS (TV MOVIE 2005)
THE BOOK OF DANIEL (TV SERIES 2006)
MITCH ALBOM'S FOR ONE MORE DAY (TV MOVIE 2007)
ANOTHER HAPPY DAY (2011)
SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU (2011)
POLITICAL ANIMALS (TV MINI-Series 2012)
WISH YOU WELL (2013)
LOUIE (TV Series 2014)
OLD SOUL (TV MOVIE) (2014)
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (2014)

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Ellen Burstyn in THE EXORCIST.

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Ellen Burstyn in
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971).


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Burstyn in ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (1974).

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Ellen Burstyn in REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000).