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 7, 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.

Highest rated movies

The Last Picture Show The Tale
Harry and Tonto
Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Twice in a Lifetime
The Exorcist
Providence

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
53% 89% Queen Bees Helen (Character) $1.9M 2021
75% 85% Pieces of a Woman Elizabeth (Character) - 2020
21% 31% Lucy in the Sky Nana Holbrook (Character) $315.0K 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies Self - 2019
57% 25% American Woman Miss Dolly (Character) - 2019
99% 82% The Tale Nettie (Character) - 2018
39% 47% Nostalgia Helen (Character) $84.9K 2018
86% No Score Yet Friedkin Uncut Self - 2018
18% 44% A Little Something for Your Birthday Celia (Character) - 2017
75% 45% The House of Tomorrow Josephine Prendergast (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2017
74% 41% Wiener-Dog Nana (Character) $445.4K 2016
60% 44% Custody Beatrice Fisher (Character) - 2016
55% 67% The Age of Adaline Flemming (Character) $42.6M 2015
No Score Yet 60% Unity Narrator - 2015
60% 40% About Scout Gram (Character) - 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 47% Petals on the Wind Olivia (Character) - 2014
52% 33% The Calling Emily Micallef (Character) - 2014
72% 86% Interstellar Old Murph (Character) $188.0M 2014
52% 39% Flowers in the Attic Olivia Foxworth (Character) - 2014
47% 25% Two Men in Town William's Mother (Character) - 2014
60% 65% Draft Day Barb Weaver (Character) $28.8M 2014
No Score Yet 73% 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
No Score Yet 46% Poliwood Unknown (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
44% 58% The Stone Angel Hagar (Character) $31.9K 2007
No Score Yet 50% For One More Day Pauline "Posey" Benetto (Character) - 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 41% 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
44% 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 70% 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) $4.0M 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
36% 76% The Spitfire Grill Hannah Ferguson (Character) $12.6M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timepiece Maud Gannon (Character) - 1996
29% 58% Roommates Judith (Character) $12.1M 1995
63% 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 81% My Brother's Keeper Helen (Character) - 1995
67% 47% The Baby-Sitters Club Emily Haberman (Character) $9.0M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trick of the Eye Frances Griffin (Character) - 1994
70% 77% When a Man Loves a Woman Emily (Character) $50.0M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Color of Evening Kate O'Rielly (Character) - 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 40% Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story Joan Delvecchio (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Wilma (Character) - 1992
57% 32% The Cemetery Club Esther Moskowitz (Character) $5.6M 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 62% 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 No Score Yet Act of Vengeance Margaret Yablonski (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 50% Into Thin Air Joan Walker (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 95% Surviving Tina Brogan (Character) - 1985
83% 57% 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 Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio Self - 1981
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
90% 81% 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) $441.4M 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 68% Pit Stop Ellen McLeod (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 15% For Those Who Think Young Dr. Pauline Swenson (Character) - 1964
50% 69% Goodbye Charlie Franny Salzman (Character) - 1964

TV

Credit
45% 69% Law & Order: Organized Crime Bernadette Stabler (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest,
Host
1996 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2014 2016 2018
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
93% 95% Louie Evanka (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coma Unknown (Character) 2012
63% 82% Political Animals Margaret Barrish (Character) 2012
80% 76% Big Love Nancy Davis Dutton (Guest Star) 2007 2009 2011
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bernie Stabler (Guest Star) 2008
54% No Score Yet The Book of Daniel Bishop Beatrice Congreve (Character) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Five People You Meet in Heaven Unknown (Character) 2005
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 44% Saturday Night Live Host 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1978
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Polly Mims (Guest Star) 1962 1971
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) 1961 1963
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