Ellen Burstyn

BirthDay:

07 Dec 1932

BirthPlace:

Detroit, Michigan, USA

BirthName:

Edna Rae Gillooly

Bio:

Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 162 credits )

What Ever Happened to Norma Jeane? (2018) Herself
Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies (2018) Herself
The Tale (2017) Nettie
The House of Tomorrow (2017)
A Little Something for Your Birthday (2017)
Custody (2016)
Wiener-Dog (2016)
Unity (2015) Narrator (voice)
About Scout (2015) Gram
The Age of Adaline (2015) Flemming
When Marnie Was There (2014) Nan (voice)
Interstellar (2014)
Two Men in Town (2014) Garnett's mother
The Calling (2014) Emily Micallef
Draft Day (2014) Barb Weaver
River of Fundament (2014) Hathfertiti
Wish You Well (2013) Louisa Mae Cardinal
Mom (2013)  Shirley (1 episode, 2015)
House of Cards (2013)  Elizabeth Hale (5 episodes, 2016)
Love, Marilyn (2012) Herself
Larry King Now (2012)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Teens Wanna Know (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011) Nanette
Another Happy Day (2011) Doris Baker
Visionado obligado (2011)  Chris MacNeil (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (2010) Herself
Main Street (2010) Georgiana Carr
Louie (2010)  Evanka (5 episodes, 2014)
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010)  Chris MacNeil (uncredited) (2 episodes, 2010)
According to Greta (2009) Katherine
The Mighty Macs (2009) Mother St. John
The Velveteen Rabbit (2009) Swan (voice)
PoliWood (2009) Herself
Lovely, Still (2008) Mary Malone
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008) Addie
W. (2008) Barbara Bush
The Stone Angel (2007) Hagar
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Father Merrin (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
5 Second Movies (2007)  Chris MacNeil (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
30 Days (2006) Maura
The Fountain (2006) Dr. Lillian Guzetti
The Wicker Man (2006) Sister SummersIsle
The Elephant King (2006) Diana Hunt
Big Love (2006)  Nancy Davis Dutton (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
The Book of Daniel (2006)  Bishop Beatrice Congreve (8 episodes, 2006)
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (2006)  Herself (unknown episodes)
Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow (2005) Herself
A Decade Under the Influence (2003) Herself
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003) Herself
Red Dragon (2002) Grandma Dolarhyde (voice) (uncredited)
Distance (2002) Voice Over
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) Viviane Joan 'Vivi' Abbott Walker
HypaSpace (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Silenci? (2002) (1 episode, 2006)
VH1 Cast Party (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Revealed with Jules Asner (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
The Yards (2000) Val Handler
Requiem for a Dream (2000) Sara Goldfarb
That's Life (2000)  Dolly DeLucca (34 episodes, 2000-2002)
CBS Cares (2000)  Herself (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Walking Across Egypt (1999) Mattie Rigsbee
The Hurricane (1999) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
You Can Thank Me Later (1999) Shirley Cooperberg
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Bernie Stabler (1 episode, 2008)
Playing by Heart (1998) Mildred
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Deceiver (1997) Mook
The View (1997)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
Mary Jane Colter: The Desert View (1997) Narrator
The Spitfire Grill (1996) Hannah Ferguson
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 1996)
Cross the Line (1996) Mary Davis
How to Make an American Quilt (1995) Hy
The Baby-Sitters Club (1995) Emily Haberman
Roommates (1995) Judith
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) Emily
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself - Audience Member / ... (5 episodes, 1994-2013
Bravo Profiles (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Imágenes prohibidas (1994)  Chris MacNeil (archive footage) (1 episode, 1994)
Choosing One's Way: Resistance in Auschwitz/Birkenau (1994) Presenter / Narrator
The Cemetery Club (1993) Esther Moskowitz
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Earth and the American Dream (1992) Reader (voice)
Grand Isle (1991) Mademoiselle Reisz
Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991) Herself
Dying Young (1991) Mrs. O'Neil
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2001)
The Color of Evening (1990) Kate O'Rielly
Hanna's War (1988) Katalin
Biography (1987)  Chris MacNeil in 'The Exorcist' (uncredited) (1 episod
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2002)
The Ellen Burstyn Show (1986)  Ellen Brewer (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
Twice in a Lifetime (1985) Kate MacKenzie
American Masters (1985)  Herself (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
The Ambassador (1984) Alex Hacker
In Our Hands (1984) Herself
Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio (1981) Herself
Silence of the North (1981) Olive Frederickson
Sois belle et tais-toi (1981) Herself
Resurrection (1980) Edna
Hour Magazine (1980)  Herself (1 episode, 1980)
Friday Night, Saturday Morning (1979)  Herself (1 episode, 1981)
Same Time, Next Year (1978) Doris
A Dream of Passion (1978) Brenda Collins
Providence (1977) Sonia Langham
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Herself - Host / ... (1 episode, 1980)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 1975-1984)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Alice Hyatt
Harry and Tonto (1974) Shirley
Dinah! (1974)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 1975)
Revista de cine (1974)  Herself (1 episode, 1977)
The Exorcist (1973) Chris MacNeil
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) Sally
The Last Picture Show (1971) Lois Farrow
Alex in Wonderland (1970) Beth Morrison
Tropic of Cancer (1970) Mona Miller (uncredited)
Pit Stop (1969) Ellen McLeod (as Ellen McRae)
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969)  Rachel Lambert (1 episode, 1972)
The Time Tunnel (1966)  Eve Holland (1 episode, 1966)
Iron Horse (1966)  Julie Parsons (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
The Big Valley (1965)  Sarah / ... (1 episode, 1967)
For the People (1965)  Maria Haviland (1 episode, 1965)
Goodbye Charlie (1964) Franny Salzman (as Ellen McRae)
For Those Who Think Young (1964) Dr. Pauline Swenson (as Ellen McRae)
The Doctors (1963)  Dr. Kate Bartok (1964-1965) (unknown episodes)
Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963)  Barbara Sherwood / ... (1 episode, 1964)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)  Eva Laurelton (1 episode, 1964)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1963)  Susan Mason (1 episode, 1964)
Vacation Playhouse (1963)  Ellen (1 episode)
The Virginian (1962)  Kate Burden (1 episode, 1969)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Herself - Guest (4 episodes, 1975-1978)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 1974)
I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962)  Joan (1 episode, 1962)
Going My Way (1962)  Louise (1 episode, 1963)
Dr. Kildare (1961)  Anne Garner (1 episode, 1961)
Ben Casey (1961)  Connie / ... (2 episodes, 1962)
The Defenders (1961)  Hilda Wesley (1 episode, 1963)
The Dick Powell Theatre (1961)  Rose Maxon (1 episode, 1961)
Bus Stop (1961)  Phyllis Dunning (1 episode, 1962)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 1977)
Surfside 6 (1960)  Wanda Drake (1 episode, 1961)
Insight (1960)  Janet (1 episode, 1968)
Checkmate (1960)  Margo (1 episode, 1962)
Michael Shayne (1960)  Carol (1 episode, 1961)
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959)  Donna Whittaker (1 episode, 1962)
Laramie (1959)  Amy (1 episode, 1963)
The Detectives (1959)  Nora Carver (1 episode, 1962)
Kraft Mystery Theater (1959)  Greta Dryden (1 episode, 1962)
77 Sunset Strip (1958)  Betty Benson / ... (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
Perry Mason (1957)  Mona Winthrope White (1 episode, 1962)
Wagon Train (1957)  Margaret Whitlow (1 episode, 1963)
The Real McCoys (1957)  Dorothy Carter (1 episode, 1962)
The DuPont Show of the Month (1957) (1 episode, 1960)
Gunsmoke (1955)  Amy Waters / ... (3 episodes, 1962-1971)
Cheyenne (1955)  Emmy Mae (1 episode, 1961)
The Loretta Young Show (1953)  Ann Walters (1 episode, 1961)
Today (1952)  Herself - Guest (3 episodes, 1973-1985)
Kraft Theatre (1947)  Linda (1 episode, 1958)
Diamond in the Dust (0) Nana Louise
Wake (0)

Producer ( 1 credit )

The House of Tomorrow (2017) executive producer