Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn

Highest Rated: 100% The Last Picture Show (1971)

Lowest Rated: 9% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011)

Birthday: Dec 07, 1932

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

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, she followed this with a succession of well-regarded projects, including "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (2002), "Mitch Albom's For One More Day" (2007) and "W." (2008) as Barbara Bush. She also penned a 2007 memoir, "Lessons in Becoming Myself," which detailed her difficult upbringing and traumatic relationship with her third husband, actor and writer Neil Burstyn (aka Neil Nephew). Continuing working steadily well into her 80s, Burstyn performed character parts in film and television, ranging from a campy series of Lifetime films based on the novels of V.C. Andrews to a moving arc on the dramedy "Louie" (FX 2010-15). Truly an inspiration, Burstyn proved that women of any age could not only land thoughtful, provocative roles, but dominate opposite their similarly aged male counterparts.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies Herself (Character) - 2019
21% 31% Lucy in the Sky Nana Holbrook (Character) $315K 2019
54% No Score Yet American Woman Miss Dolly (Character) - 2019
99% 82% The Tale Nettie (Character) - 2018
39% 46% Nostalgia Helen (Character) $84.9K 2018
86% No Score Yet Friedkin Uncut Herself (Character) - 2018
18% 45% A Little Something for Your Birthday Celia (Character) - 2017
75% 47% The House of Tomorrow Josephine Prendergast (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2017
74% 41% Wiener-Dog Nana (Character) $445.4K 2016
No Score Yet 42% Custody Beatrice Fisher (Character) - 2016
60% 41% About Scout Gram (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 59% Unity Narrator - 2015
54% 67% The Age of Adaline Flemming (Character) $42.6M 2015
91% 88% When Marnie Was There Elderly Lady (Voice) $314.3K 2014
No Score Yet 80% River of Fundament Hathfertiti (Character) $43.1K 2014
No Score Yet 46% Petals on the Wind Olivia (Character) - 2014
51% 33% The Calling Emily Micallef (Character) - 2014
72% 86% Interstellar Old Murph (Character) $188M 2014
47% 25% Two Men in Town William's Mother (Character) - 2014
52% 39% Flowers in the Attic Olivia Foxworth (Character) - 2014
59% 65% Draft Day Barb Weaver (Character) $28.8M 2014
No Score Yet 71% Wish You Well Louisa Mae Cardinal (Character) - 2013
46% 44% Another Happy Day Doris (Character) $9.1K 2011
9% 36% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Nanette (Character) - 2011
13% 11% Main Street Georgiana Carr (Character) $1.6K 2010
60% 56% Greta Katherine (Character) - 2009
47% 64% The Mighty Macs Mother St. John (Character) $1.9M 2009
86% 66% The Velveteen Rabbit Swan (Voice) - 2009
58% 42% W. Barbara Bush (Character) $25.5M 2008
73% 75% Lovely, Still Mary (Character) $124.7K 2008
27% 40% The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Miss Addie (Character) $119.4K 2008
No Score Yet 50% For One More Day Pauline "Posey" Benetto (Character) - 2007
44% 58% The Stone Angel Hagar (Character) $31.9K 2007
18% 64% The Elephant King Diana Hunt (Character) - 2006
15% 17% The Wicker Man Sister Summersisle (Character) $18.8K 2006
52% 74% The Fountain Lilian (Character) $10.1M 2006
No Score Yet 43% 30 Days Unknown (Character) - 2006
43% 40% Mrs. Harris Former Tarnowner "steady" (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 68% Our Fathers Mary Ryan (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 82% Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven Ruby (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Madam's Family: The Truth About Canal Street Brothel Tommie (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 50% Brush With Fate Rika (Character) - 2003
45% 65% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Vivi Abbott Walker (Character) $69.6M 2002
No Score Yet 64% Dodson's Journey Mother (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 67% Within These Walls Joan Thomas (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2001
No Score Yet 67% Mermaid Trish (Character) - 2000
64% 51% The Yards Val Handler (Character) $882.7K 2000
79% 93% Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb (Character) $3.6M 2000
88% 88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen Unknown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 89% Walking Across Egypt Mattie Rigsbee (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Ride Home Maggie (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 33% The Patron Saint of Liars June Clatterbuck (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 25% You Can Thank Me Later Shirley Cooperberg (Character) - 1998
60% 79% Playing by Heart Mildred (Character) $4M 1998
No Score Yet 81% Flash Laura Strong (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Deadly Vision Yvette Watson (Character) - 1997
48% 58% Liar Mook (Character) $545.6K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Son, the Matchmaker Iva Mae Longwell (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timepiece Maud Gannon (Character) - 1996
33% 76% The Spitfire Grill Hannah Ferguson (Character) $12.6M 1996
29% 57% Roommates Judith (Character) $12.1M 1995
61% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Hy Dodd (Character) $23.6M 1995
No Score Yet 48% Follow the River Gretel (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother's Keeper Helen (Character) - 1995
67% 47% The Baby-Sitters Club Emily Haberman (Character) $9M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trick of the Eye Frances Griffin (Character) - 1994
71% 77% When a Man Loves a Woman Emily (Character) $50M 1994
No Score Yet 40% Getting Out Arlie's Mother (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 17% Getting Gotti Jo Giacalone (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Color of Evening Kate O'Rielly (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 40% Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story Joan Delvecchio (Character) - 1993
57% 32% The Cemetery Club Esther Moskowitz (Character) $5.6M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Wilma (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love Lillian "Lil" Lambert (Character) - 1991
23% 65% Dying Young Mrs. O'Neil (Character) $32.3M 1991
No Score Yet 22% Grand Isle Mademoiselle Reisz (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 45% When You Remember Me Nurse Cooder (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 57% Hanna's War Katalin (Character) $86.7K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pack of Lies Barbara Jackson (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something in Common Lynn Hollander (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 57% Act of Vengeance Margaret Yablonski (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 50% Into Thin Air Joan Walker (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 94% Surviving Tina Brogan (Character) - 1985
83% 61% Twice in a Lifetime Kate MacKenzie (Character) $8.4M 1985
No Score Yet 43% The Ambassador Alex Hacker (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The People vs. Jean Harris Jean Harris (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silence of the North Olive Frederickson (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 76% Resurrection Edna (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dream of Passion Brenda Collins (Character) - 1978
40% 85% Same Time, Next Year Doris (Character) - 1978
80% 88% Providence Sonia Langham (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Lynne Evers (Character) - 1974
83% 82% Harry and Tonto Shirley Mallard (Character) - 1974
88% 82% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Alice Hyatt (Character) - 1974
83% 87% The Exorcist Chris MacNeil (Character) - 1973
69% 58% The King of Marvin Gardens Sally (Character) - 1972
100% 90% The Last Picture Show Lois Farrow (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 32% Alex in Wonderland Beth Morrison (Character) - 1970
75% 25% Tropic of Cancer Mona (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 67% Pit Stop Ellen McLeod (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 17% For Those Who Think Young Dr. Pauline Swenson (Character) - 1964
50% 69% Goodbye Charlie Franny Salzman (Character) - 1964

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest,
Host
2019 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2018 2016 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018
77% 76% House of Cards Elizabeth Hale (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 84% Mom Shirley (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2014
94% 95% Louie Evanka (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coma Unknown (Character) 2012
62% 84% Political Animals Margaret Barrish (Character) 2012
80% 76% Big Love Nancy Davis Dutton (Guest Star) 2011 2009 2007
78% 93% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bernie Stabler (Guest Star) 2008
54% No Score Yet The Book of Daniel Bishop Beatrice Congreve (Character) 2006
83% No Score Yet That's Life Dolly DeLucca (Character) 2000-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Will of Their Own Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen Burstyn Show Ellen Brewer (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Polly Mims (Guest Star) 1971 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Julie Parsons (Character) 1967-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Jenny (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Betty Benson (Guest Star) 1963 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Amy (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Mona Winthrope White (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Dr. Leslie Fraser (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961

QUOTES FROM Ellen Burstyn CHARACTERS

Chris says: You really don't want me to play, huh?

Regan MacNeil says: No, I do...Captain Howdy said no.

Vivi Abbott Walker says: Yes?

Connor McGill says: I don't know if you really ruined Sidda's life or not, but I do know right now that's you're ruinin' mine! And your phone etiquette SUCKS!

Connor McGill says: I don't know if you really ruined Sidda's life or not, but I do know right now that's you're ruinin' mine! And your phone etiquette sucks!

Connor McGill says: (hangs up)

Vivi Abbott Walker says: He hung up on me!

Vivi Abbott Walker says: (aghast) He hung up on me!

Vivi Abbott Walker says: I take a problem and chew on it 'til all the flavors gone, and then stick it in my hair.

Vivi Abbott Walker says: I tried to be the best momma if I could.

Connor McGill says: How did that go?

Vivi Abbott Walker says: Not so hot.

Vivi Abbott Walker says: (about her birthday) Now, I don't want any candles on my cake. It'll look like the burnin' of Atlanta!

Vivi Abbott Walker says: Now, I don't want any candles on my cake. It'll look like the burnin' of Atlanta!

Nanette says: Be patient and strong, someday this pain will be useful to you.

Shirley says: I like you, Norman.

Norman says: I like you too, Aunt Shirley, but I think you're a bitch.

Hagar Shipley says: She who talks to herself talks to a fool.

Hagar Shipley says: I would have to believe in Him, in order to be angry with Him.

Hagar Shipley says: I would have to believe in him, in order to be angry with him.

Hagar Shipley says: Time unstuck for me now. I am rampant with memory for no reason except that I'm caught up in it.

Doris Shipley says: My, doesn't everything look green!

Hagar Shipley says: You were expecting purple?

Miss Addie says: Thank you for coming in. I know how unpleasant it is to enter this chamber of horrors.

Edna McCauley says: Edna: Honey, if there's anything holy here, it's just the simple holiness of love, thats all. Believe me, I'm not the Holy Ghost. And I'm not exactly the Virgin Mary, either.

Edna McCauley says: Honey, if there's anything holy here, it's just the simple holiness of love, thats all. Believe me, I'm not the Holy Ghost. And I'm not exactly the Virgin Mary, either.

Dr. Moss says: KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMN HONEY!

Sister Summerisle says: Oh but I know it will.

Sara Goldfarb says: I'm somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they'll all like me. I'll tell them about you, and your father, how good he was to us. Remember? It's a reason to get up in the morning. It's a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. It's a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow all right. What have I got Harry, hm? Why should I even make the bed, or wash the dishes? I do them, but why should I? I'm alone. Your father's gone, you're gone. I got no one to care for. What have I got, Harry? I'm lonely. I'm old.

Regan MacNeil says: Chris (very sleepily, first thing in the morning) "What are you doing here?" Regan (very sleepily, first thing in the morning) "I can't sleep. My bed was shaking."

Chris MacNeil says: [very sleepily, first thing in the morning] What are you doing here?

Regan MacNeil says: [very sleepily, first thing in the morning] I can't sleep. My bed was shaking.

Sara Goldfarb says: What've I got, Harry?

Sara Goldfarb says: Purple in the morning... blue in the afternoon... orange in the evening... and then blue at night. Just like that: 1,2,3,4.

Sara Goldfarb says: I'm going to be on television.

Chris MacNeil says: I'm telling that thing upstairs isn't my daughter. Now I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter except her mind. YOU TELL ME THAT AN EXORCISM WOULDN'T DO ANY GOOD!! YOU TELL ME THAT!

Chris MacNeil says: You show me Regan's double, same face, same voice, everything. And I'd know it wasn't Regan. I'd know in my gut. And I'm telling you that 'thing' upstairs isn't my daughter. Now, I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter, except in her mind. You tell me for a fact that an exorcism wouldn't do any good. You tell me that!

Sara Goldfarb says: Purple in The Mourning Blue In The Afternoon Orange in the evening and green in the night. Just like that one two three four

Sara Goldfarb says: Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, orange in the evening. And green at night. Just like that. One, two, three, four.

Chris MacNeil says: She doesn't remember any of it.

Father Dyer says: That's good.

Chris MacNeil says: Would you like some bourbon in that, father?

Father Merrin says: Well, my doctor says I shouldn't but thank God my will is weak.

Clinic Director says: There is one outside chance for a cure. I think of it as shock treatment - as I said, it's a very outside chance...Have you ever heard of exorcism? Well, it's a stylized ritual in which the rabbi or the priest try to drive out the so-called invading spirit. It's been pretty much discarded these days except by the Catholics who keep it in the closet as a sort of an embarrassment, but uh, it has worked. In fact, although not for the reasons they think, of course. It's purely a force of suggestion. The victim's belief in possession is what helped cause it, so in that same way, a belief in the power of exorcism can make it disappear.

Clinic Director says: There is one outside chance for a cure. I think of it as shock treatment as I said, it's a very outside chance. Have you ever heard of exorcism? Well, it's a stylized ritual in which the rabbi or the priest try to drive out the so-called invading spirit. It's been pretty much discarded these days except by the Catholics who keep it in the closet as a sort of an embarrassment, but uh, it has worked. In fact, although not for the reasons they think, of course. It's purely a force of suggestion. The victim's belief in possession is what helped cause it, so in that same way, a belief in the power of exorcism can make it disappear.

Chris MacNeil says: You're telling me that I should take my daughter to a witch doctor? Is that it?

Father Damien Karras says: Look, I'm only against the possibility of doing your daughter more harm than good...I can't do it. I need evidence that the church would accept as signs of possession...like her speaking in a language she's never known or studied...Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. Now if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you realize that's the same thing as saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte. You asked me what I think is best for your daughter. Six months, under observation, in the best hospital you can find.

Father Damien Karras says: Look, I'm only against the possibility of doing your daughter more harm than good. I can't do it. I need evidence that the church would accept as signs of possession, like her speaking in a language she's never known or studied...Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. Now if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you realize that's the same thing as saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte. You asked me what I think is best for your daughter. Six months, under observation, in the best hospital you can find.

Father Damien Karras says: Look, I'm only against the possibility of doing your daughter more harm than good. I can't do it. I need evidence that the church would accept as signs of possession, like her speaking in a language she's never known or studied. Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. Now if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you realize that's the same thing as saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte. You asked me what I think is best for your daughter. Six months, under observation, in the best hospital you can find.

Chris MacNeil says: I'm telling you that that thing upstairs isn't my daughter. Now I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter except in her mind. YOU TELL ME YOU KNOW FOR A FACT THAT AN EXORCISM WOULDN'T DO ANY GOOD! YOU TELL ME THAT!

Chris MacNeil says: Someone very close to me is probably possessed and needs an exorcism. Father Karras, it's my little girl.

Father Damien Karras says: The Catholic Church insists on proof that the devil is really in a person. Then that's all the more reason to forget about exorcism...To begin with, it could make things worse. Secondly, the church before it approves an exorcism conducts an investigation to see if it's warranted. That takes time...I need church approval and that's rarely given. I will see her as a psychiatrist.

Father Damien Karras says: The Catholic Church insists on proof that the devil is really in a person. Then that's all the more reason to forget about exorcism. To begin with, it could make things worse. Secondly, the church before it approves an exorcism conducts an investigation to see if it's warranted. That takes time. I need church approval and that's rarely given. I will see her as a psychiatrist.

Chris MacNeil says: Oh, not a psychiatrist. She needs a priest. She's already seen every fu**ing psychiatrist in the world and they sent me to you. Now you're gonna send me back to them? Jesus Christ! Won't somebody help me...Can't you help her, just help her?

Chris MacNeil says: Oh, not a psychiatrist. She needs a priest. She's already seen every fu**ing psychiatrist in the world and they sent me to you. Now you're gonna send me back to them? Jesus Christ! Won't somebody help me. Can't you help her, just help her?

Chris MacNeil says: How do you go about getting an exorcism?

Father Damien Karras says: I beg your pardon? Well, the first thing - I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century...Well, it just doesn't happen anymore, Mrs. MacNeil...since we learned about mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia...Since the day I joined the Jesuits, I've never met one priest who has performed an exorcism. Not one.

Father Damien Karras says: I beg your pardon? Well, the first thing I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century. Well, it just doesn't happen anymore, Mrs. MacNeil since we learned about mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia. Since the day I joined the Jesuits, I've never met one priest who has performed an exorcism. Not one.

Chris MacNeil says: (about the Ouija board) - Wait a minute, you need two.

Chris MacNeil says: (about the Ouija board) Wait a minute, you need two.

Regan MacNeil says: No you don't. I do it all the time.

Chris MacNeil says: Oh yeah. Well let's both play. (The planchette moves on its own) You really don't want me to play, huh?

Regan MacNeil says: No, I do. Captain Howdy said no.

Chris MacNeil says: Captain who?

Regan MacNeil says: Captain Howdy.

Chris MacNeil says: Who's Captain Howdy?

Regan MacNeil says: You know, I make the questions and he does the answers.

Assistant Director says: I suppose you heard.

Chris MacNeil says: Heard what?

Assistant Director says: You haven't heard. Burke's dead. He must have been drunk. He fell down from the top of the steps right outside. By the time he hit M Street, he broke his neck.

Lt. Kinderman says: It's strange. The deceased comes to visit - stays only 20 minutes...and leaves all alone a very sick girl. And speaking plainly, Mrs. MacNeil, it isn't likely he would fall from a window. Besides, a fall wouldn't do to his neck what we found, except maybe one chance in a thousand. Nope, my hunch, my opinion - he was killed by a very powerful man - point one. - And the fracturing of his skull - point two. Plus the various other things we mentioned would make it very probable, probable, not certain, that the deceased was killed and then pushed from your daughter's window. But nobody was in the room, except your daughter. So how can this be? It could be one way. If someone came calling between the time Miss Spencer left and the time you returned...

Lt. Kinderman says: It's strange. The deceased comes to visit, stays only 20 minutes, and leaves all alone a very sick girl. And speaking plainly, Mrs. MacNeil, it isn't likely he would fall from a window. Besides, a fall wouldn't do to his neck what we found, except maybe one chance in a thousand. Nope, my hunch, my opinion, he was killed by a very powerful man, point one. - And the fracturing of his skull - point two. Plus the various other things we mentioned would make it very probable, probable, not certain, that the deceased was killed and then pushed from your daughter's window. But nobody was in the room, except your daughter. So how can this be? It could be one way. If someone came calling between the time Miss Spencer left and the time you returned.

Chris MacNeil says: Judas Priest. Just a second...

Chris MacNeil says: Judas Priest. Just a second.

Dr. Klein says: She's heavily sedated. She'll probably sleep through tomorrow.

Chris MacNeil says: What was going on in there? How could she fly off the bed like that?

Dr. Klein says: Pathological states can induce abnormal strength; accelerated motor performance. Now, for example, say a 90 pound woman sees her child pinned under the wheel of a truck. Runs out and lifts the wheels a half a foot up off the ground - you've heard the story - same thing here. Same principle, I mean.

Chris MacNeil says: So what's wrong with her?

Dr. Klein says: We still think the temporal lobe.

Chris MacNeil says: Oh what are you talking about, for Christ's sakes? Did you see her or not? She's acting like she's fu**ing out of her mind, psychotic, like a... split personality or...

Chris MacNeil says: Oh what are you talking about, for Christ's sakes? Did you see her or not? She's acting like she's fu**ing out of her mind, psychotic, like a split personality or...

Dr. Klein says: There haven't been more than a hundred authentic cases of so-called split personality, Mrs. MacNeil. Now I know the temptation is to leap to psychiatry. But any reasonable psychiatrist would exhaust the somatic possibilities first.

Chris MacNeil says: So, what's next?

Dr. Klein says: A pneumoencephalogram, I would think. Pin down that lesion. It will involve another spinal.

Chris MacNeil says: Oh, Christ!

Dr. Klein says: What we missed in the EEG and the arteriograms could conceivably turn up there. At least, it would eliminate certain other possibilities.

Dr. Klein says: It's a symptom of a type of disturbance in the chemical-electrical activity of the brain. In the case of your daughter, in the temporal lobe - it's up here - in the lateral part of the brain. It's rare, but it does cause bizarre hallucinations and usually just before a convulsion...the shaking of the bed. It's doubtless due to muscular spasms.

Dr. Klein says: It's a symptom of a type of disturbance in the chemical-electrical activity of the brain. In the case of your daughter, in the temporal lobe - it's up here - in the lateral part of the brain. It's rare, but it does cause bizarre hallucinations and usually just before a convulsion, the shaking of the bed. It's doubtless due to muscular spasms.

Chris MacNeil says: Oh no. No, no. That was not a spasm. Look. I got on the bed. The whole bed was thumping and rising off the floor and shaking - the whole thing, with me on it!

Dr. Klein says: Mrs. MacNeil, the problem with your daughter is not her bed, it's her brain.

Chris MacNeil says: So, uh-hum, what causes this...?

Chris MacNeil says: So, uh-hum, what causes this?

Dr. Klein says: A lesion; a lesion in the temporal lobe. It's a kind of seizure disorder.

Chris MacNeil says: Now look Doc, I really don't understand how her whole personality could change.

Dr. Klein says: The temporal lobe is very common...It could last for days or even weeks. It isn't rare to find destructive, even criminal behavior.

Dr. Klein says: The temporal lobe is very common. It could last for days or even weeks. It isn't rare to find destructive, even criminal behavior.

Chris MacNeil says: Hey, do me a favor will you? Tell me something good.

Dr. Klein says: Don't be alarmed. If it's a lesion, in a way she's fortunate. All we have to do is remove the scar.

Chris MacNeil says: What made you say that, Regan? Do you know, sweetheart?

Regan MacNeil says: Mother? What's wrong with me?

Chris MacNeil says: It's just like the doctor said. It's nerves, and that's all. OK? You just take your pills and you'll be fine, really. OK?

Chris MacNeil says: Well give me an example, like what specifically did she say?

Dr. Klein says: Specifically Mrs. MacNeil, she advised me to keep my fingers away from her goddamned cu*t.

Sister Summerisle says: Prepare the drone!

Sara Goldfarb says: Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, orange in the evening.

Sara Goldfarb says: I'm gonna be on television!