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Place of Birth Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birthday 1932-12-07


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​. Ellen Burstyn  (born December 7, 1932) is an American actress, who has worked in film, stage and television. Her acting career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the next ten years, Burstyn appeared in several films and television series before joining the Actors Studio in 1967. She achieved recognition for her roles in The Last Picture Show (1971) and The Exorcist (1973), receiving Academy Award nominations for both performances. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress the following year for her work in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1973). In 1975, she won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway production of Same Time, Next Year, and received a Golden Globe Award and a fourth Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1978 film version. Burstyn continued to work extensively since the 1980s, and was acclaimed for her performance in the film Requiem for a Dream, for which she received several critic's awards.


2019Lucy in the Sky as Nana Holbrook
2019American Woman as Miss Dolly
2019Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies
2018Friedkin Uncut as Herself
2018Nostalgia as Helen Greer
2018All I Wish as Celia Berges
2018The Tale as Nadine 'Nettie' Fox
2017The House of Tomorrow as Josephine Prendergast
2017Marilyn Monroe: Auction of a Lifetime as Herself - Interviewee
2016Wiener-Dog as Nana
2016Custody as Beatrice Fisher
2015Unity as Herself - Narrator (voice)
2015About Scout as Gram
2015The Age of Adaline as Flemming
2014Interstellar as Old Murph Cooper
2014The Calling as Emily Micallef
2014Petals on the Wind as Olivia Foxworth
2014Draft Day as Barb Weaver
2014River of Fundament as Hathfertiti
2014Two Men in Town as Mère Garnett
2014And the Oscar Goes To... as Herself - Interviewee
2014Flowers in the Attic as Olivia Foxworth
2013Wish You Well as Louisa Mae Cardinal
2012Love, Marilyn as Herself
2011Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You as Nanette
2010America Lost and Found: The BBS Story as Herself
2010BBStory: An American Film Renaissance
2010Reflections of a Philosopher King as Interviewee
2009Greta as Katherine
2009The Mighty Macs as Mother St. John
2009The Velveteen Rabbit as Swan
2008W. as Barbara Bush
2008Lovely, Still as Mary
2008The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond as Miss Addie
2007Mitch Albom's For One More Day as Pauline "Posey" Benetto
2007The Stone Angel as Hagar
200630 Days as Maura
2006The Fountain as Dr. Lillian Guzetti
2006The Wicker Man as Sister Summersisle
2006Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow as Herself
2006Stardust: The Bette Davis Story as Herself
2006The Elephant King as Diana Hunt
2006Mrs. Harris as Former Tarnower Steady
2005Our Fathers as Mary Ryan
2004The Five People You Meet In Heaven as Ruby
2004The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel as Tommie
2003Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood as Herself
2003Brush with Fate as Rika
2002Red Dragon as Grandma Dolarhyde (voice) (uncredited)
2002Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood as Viviane Joan 'Vivi' Abbott Walker
2001Within These Walls as Joan Thomas
2001Memories, Dreams & Addictions as Herself
2000The Yards as Val Handler
2000Requiem for a Dream as Sara Goldfarb
2000Mermaid as Trish
1999You Can Thank Me Later as Shirley Cooperberg
1999The Last Picture Show: A Look Back as Herself
1999Night Ride Home as Maggie
1999Walking Across Egypt as Mattie Rigsbee
1998Playing by Heart as Mildred
1998Marilyn in Manhattan as Herself
1998The Patron Saint of Liars as June Clatterbuck
1998The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist as Herself - 'Chris MacNeil'
1997Flash as Laura Strong
1997Deceiver as Mook
1997A Deadly Vision
1996Timepiece as Maud Gannon
1996The Spitfire Grill as Hannah Ferguson
1995How to Make an American Quilt as Hy Dodd
1995The Baby-Sitters Club as Emily Haberman
1995Follow The River as Gretel
1995My Brother's Keeper as Helen
1995Roommates as Judith
1994Trick of the Eye as Frances Griffin
1994Getting Gotti
1994When a Man Loves a Woman as Emily
1994Getting Out as Arlie's Mother
1993The Cemetery Club as Esther Moskowitz
1992Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story as Wilma
1991Dying Young as Mrs. O'Neil
1991Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love as Lillian "Lil" Lambert
1990When You Remember Me as Nurse Cooder
1990The Color of Evening
1988Hanna's War as Katalin
1987Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam as Mrs. Stocks (voice)
1987Pack of Lies as Barbara Jackson
1986Act of Vengeance as Margaret Yablonski
1985Into Thin Air as Joan Walker
1985Twice in a Lifetime as Kate MacKenzie
1985Surviving as Tina Brogan
1984The Ambassador as Alex Hacker
1981Silence of the North as Olive Frederickson
1981The People vs. Jean Harris as Jean Harris
1981Be Pretty and Shut Up! as Herself
1980Resurrection as Edna
1978A Dream of Passion
1978Same Time, Next Year as Doris
1977Providence as Sonia Langham
1974Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore as Alice Wyatt
1974Harry and Tonto as Shirley Mallard
1974Thursday's Game as Lynne Evers
1973The Exorcist as Chris MacNeil
1972The King of Marvin Gardens as Sally
1971The Last Picture Show as Lois Farrow
1970Tropic of Cancer as Mona
1970Alex in Wonderland as Beth Morrison
1969Pit Stop as Ellen McLeod
1964Goodbye Charlie as Franny Salzman
1964For Those Who Think Young as Dr. Pauline Swenson (as Ellen McRae)
1958The Christmas Tree as Elizabeth
Bathing Flo
Pieces of a Woman
Welcome to Pine Grove! as Helen

Other Roles

Bathing Flo - Director

The Wall

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