Ellen Burstyn

Biography

Career She debuted on Broadway in 1957 and, in 1975, won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in "Same Time, Next Year." In 1990 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. Until 1970, she was credited as "Ellen McRae" in nearly all her film and TV appearances. Burstyn won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1974 for her performance in the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. She received her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1971 for the film The Last Picture Show, and was subsequently nominated for Best Actress in 1973 for the horror movie The Exorcist, in 1978 for Same Time, Next Year, in 1980 for Resurrection, and for Requiem for a Dream in 2000. She appeared in many television shows of the 1960s, including guest appearances on Perry Mason, Maverick, Wagon Train, 77 Sunset Strip, The Big Valley and Gunsmoke. She hosted Saturday Night Live in 1980. In 1986, she had her own sitcom, The Ellen Burstyn Show with Megan Mullally as her daughter and Elaine Stritch as her mother. It was cancelled after one season. From 2000 to 2002, Burstyn appeared in the CBS television drama That's Life. In 2006, she starred as a bishop in the controversial NBC comedy-drama The Book of Daniel. Burstyn last appeared in The Fountain, directed by Darren Aronofsky, with whom she worked in Requiem for a Dream. Emmy Awards and Controversy Burstyn was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Special, for the TV movie The People vs. Jean Harris (1981) and again for another TV movie, Pack of Lies (1987). In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special for Mrs Harris (She had played the title character in The People vs Mrs Jean Harris). She was nominated for a performance that consisted of 14 seconds of screen time, two lines of dialogue and a total of 38 words. This is the shortest nominated performance in the history of the Emmy Awards.

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Birth Name

Edna Rae Gillooly

Birth Place

Détroit, Michigan, États-Unis

Birth Date

12/7/1932
Known For
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Interstellar

Murph (Older)

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The Exorcist

Chris MacNeil

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Requiem for a Dream

Sara Goldfarb

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The Fountain

Dr. Lillian Guzetti

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Viviane Joan 'Vivi' Abbott Walker

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Alice Hyatt

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Ruby

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When a Man Loves a Woman

Emily

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How to Make an American Quilt

Hy Dodd

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Same Time, Next Year

Doris

Starring In
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The Exorcist: Believer

Chris MacNeil

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Three Months

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Queen Bees

Helen

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Pieces of a Woman

Elizabeth

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American Woman

Miss Dolly

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Lucy in the Sky

Nana Holbrook

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The Tale

Nettie

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Friedkin Uncut

Herself

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The House of Tomorrow

Josephine Prendergast

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Wiener-Dog

Nana

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Custody

Beatrice Fisher

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About Scout

Gram

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The Age of Adaline

Flemming

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Unity

Narrator (voice)

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Petals On The Wind

Olivia Foxworth

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Flowers in the Attic

Grandmother

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Two Men in Town

Garnett's mother

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When Marnie Was There

Nan (voice)

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Interstellar

Murph (Older)

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The Calling

Emily Micallef

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Draft Day

Barb Weaver

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River of Fundament

Hathfertiti

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Herself - Actress

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Wish You Well

Louisa Mae Cardinal

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Love, Marilyn

Herself

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You

Nanette

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Another Happy Day

Doris

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Main Street

Georgiana Carr

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According to Greta

Katherine

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The Mighty Macs

Mother St. John

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PoliWood

Herself

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Swan (voice)

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Lovely, Still

Mary

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W.

Barbara Bush

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The Stone Angel

Hagar

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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

Addie

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Mitch Albom's For One More Day

Pauline (Posey) Benetto

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The Elephant King

Diana Hunt

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The Fountain

Dr. Lillian Guzetti

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The Wicker Man

Sister SummersIsle

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Inside the Actors Studio: Al Pacino

Herself (uncredited)

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Die Bette Davis Story

Herself

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30 Days

Maura

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The Book of Daniel - The Complete Series

Bishop Beatrice Congreve

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Mrs. Harris

Former Tarnower Steady

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Our Fathers

Mary Ryan

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Ruby

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The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel

Tommie

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Herself

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A Decade Under the Influence

Herself

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Brush with Fate

Rika

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Viviane Joan 'Vivi' Abbott Walker

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Red Dragon

Grandma Dolarhyde (voice) (uncredited)

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Oscarverleihung 2001

Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role

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Within These Walls

Joan Thomas

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Requiem for a Dream

Sara Goldfarb

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Mermaid

Trish

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The Yards

Val Handler

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Walking Across Egypt

Mattie Rigsbee

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Playing By Heart

Mildred

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The Fear of God: 25 Years of 'The Exorcist'

Self / Chris MacNeil

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The Patron Saint of Liars - Der lange Weg zur Wahrheit

June Clatterbuck

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Deceiver

Mook

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A Deadly Vision

Yvette Watson

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Timepiece

Maud Gannon

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The Spitfire Grill

Hannah Ferguson

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How to Make an American Quilt

Hy Dodd

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Follow the River

Gretel

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Roommates

Judith

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The Baby Sitters Club

Emily Haberman

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When a Man Loves a Woman

Emily

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Getting Gotti

Jo Giacalone

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Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story

Joan Delvecchio

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The Cemetery Club

Esther Moskowitz

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Oscar's Greatest Moments

Herself (archive footage)

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Dying Young

Mrs. O'Neil

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Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love

Lillian 'Lil' Lambert

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Hello Actors Studio

Self

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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Mrs. Stocks (voice)

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Ein Mann schlägt zurück

Margaret Yablonski

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Something in Common

Lynn Hollander

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Surviving

Tina Brogan

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Twice in a Lifetime

Kate MacKenzie

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The Ambassador

Alex Hacker

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The People vs. Jean Harris

Jean Harris

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Resurrection

Edna

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Same Time, Next Year

Doris

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Kravgi gynaikon

Brenda Collins

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Providence

Sonia Langham

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Alice Hyatt

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Harry and Tonto

Shirley Mallard

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The Exorcist

Chris MacNeil

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The King of Marvin Gardens

Sally

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The Last Picture Show

Lois Farrow

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Tropic of Cancer

Mona Miller (Uncredited)

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Pit Stop

Ellen McLeod (as Ellen McRae)

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Goodbye Charlie

Franny Saltzmann (as Ellen McRae)

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For Those Who Think Young

Dr. Pauline Swenson (as Ellen McRae)

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The Echo Murders

Lillian 'Lil' Lambert

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