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

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      79% 87% Three Months Unknown (Character) - 2022
      55% 89% Queen Bees Helen (Character) $1.9M 2021
      75% 84% Pieces of a Woman Elizabeth (Character) - 2020
      57% 25% American Woman Miss Dolly (Character) - 2019
      21% 31% Lucy in the Sky Nana Holbrook (Character) $315.0K 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies Self - 2019
      86% No Score Yet Friedkin Uncut Self - 2018
      99% 82% The Tale Nettie (Character) - 2018
      39% 46% Nostalgia Helen (Character) $84.9K 2018
      75% 46% The House of Tomorrow Josephine Prendergast (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2017
      18% 45% A Little Something for Your Birthday Celia (Character) - 2017
      60% 44% Custody Beatrice Fisher (Character) - 2016
      74% 41% Wiener-Dog Nana (Character) $445.4K 2016
      60% 40% About Scout Gram (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 59% Unity Narrator - 2015
      55% 67% The Age of Adaline Flemming (Character) $42.6M 2015
      No Score Yet 83% River of Fundament Hathfertiti (Character) $43.1K 2014
      92% 88% When Marnie Was There Elderly Lady (Voice) $314.3K 2014
      47% 26% Two Men in Town William's Mother (Character) - 2014
      72% 86% Interstellar Old Murph (Character) $188.0M 2014
      No Score Yet 47% Petals on the Wind Olivia (Character) - 2014
      52% 33% The Calling Emily Micallef (Character) - 2014
      52% 39% Flowers in the Attic Olivia Foxworth (Character) - 2014
      60% 65% Draft Day Barb Weaver (Character) $28.8M 2014
      No Score Yet 74% Wish You Well Louisa Mae Cardinal (Character) - 2013
      9% 36% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Nanette (Character) - 2011
      46% 44% Another Happy Day Doris (Character) $9.1K 2011
      13% 11% Main Street Georgiana Carr (Character) $1.6K 2010
      47% 64% The Mighty Macs Mother St. John (Character) $1.9M 2009
      No Score Yet 48% Poliwood Unknown (Character) - 2009
      60% 56% Greta Katherine (Character) - 2009
      86% 66% The Velveteen Rabbit Swan (Voice) - 2009
      27% 40% The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Miss Addie (Character) $119.4K 2008
      73% 75% Lovely, Still Mary (Character) $124.7K 2008
      58% 42% W. Barbara Bush (Character) $25.5M 2008
      44% 58% The Stone Angel Hagar (Character) $31.9K 2007
      No Score Yet 50% For One More Day Pauline "Posey" Benetto (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 41% 30 Days Unknown (Character) - 2006
      18% 64% The Elephant King Diana Hunt (Character) - 2006
      52% 74% The Fountain Lilian (Character) $10.1M 2006
      15% 17% The Wicker Man Sister Summersisle (Character) $18.8K 2006
      43% 39% 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 70% Within These Walls Joan Thomas (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2001
      No Score Yet 64% Dodson's Journey Mother (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 67% Mermaid Trish (Character) - 2000
      64% 51% The Yards Val Handler (Character) $882.7K 2000
      78% 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 25% You Can Thank Me Later Shirley Cooperberg (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 33% The Patron Saint of Liars June Clatterbuck (Character) - 1998
      60% 79% Playing by Heart Mildred (Character) $4.0M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Deadly Vision Yvette Watson (Character) - 1997
      42% 58% Liar Mook (Character) $545.6K 1997
      No Score Yet 82% Flash Laura Strong (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Timepiece Maud Gannon (Character) - 1996
      38% 76% The Spitfire Grill Hannah Ferguson (Character) $12.6M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Son, the Matchmaker Iva Mae Longwell (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 81% My Brother's Keeper Helen (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 48% Follow the River Gretel (Character) - 1995
      63% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Hy Dodd (Character) $23.6M 1995
      29% 58% Roommates Judith (Character) $12.1M 1995
      67% 47% The Baby-Sitters Club Emily Haberman (Character) $9.0M 1995
      No Score Yet 17% Getting Gotti Jo Giacalone (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 40% Getting Out Arlie's Mother (Character) - 1994
      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% 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 22% Grand Isle Mademoiselle Reisz (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love Lillian "Lil" Lambert (Character) - 1991
      25% 65% Dying Young Mrs. O'Neil (Character) $32.3M 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 53% Act of Vengeance Margaret Yablonski (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 50% Into Thin Air Joan Walker (Character) - 1985
      83% 56% Twice in a Lifetime Kate MacKenzie (Character) $8.4M 1985
      No Score Yet 95% Surviving Tina Brogan (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 38% 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 Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio Self - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silence of the North Olive Frederickson (Character) - 1981
      83% 76% Resurrection Edna (Character) - 1980
      40% 85% Same Time, Next Year Doris (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dream of Passion Brenda Collins (Character) - 1978
      80% 87% Providence Sonia Langham (Character) - 1977
      88% 81% Harry and Tonto Shirley Mallard (Character) - 1974
      89% 82% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Alice Hyatt (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Lynne Evers (Character) - 1974
      84% 87% The Exorcist Chris MacNeil (Character) $441.4M 1973
      71% 58% The King of Marvin Gardens Sally (Character) - 1972
      100% 89% 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 70% Pit Stop Ellen McLeod (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 21% For Those Who Think Young Dr. Pauline Swenson (Character) - 1964
      50% 70% Goodbye Charlie Franny Salzman (Character) - 1964

      TV

      Credit
      41% 57% The First Lady Sara Delano Roosevelt (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 78% Law & Order: Organized Crime Bernadette Stabler (Guest Star) 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest,
      Host
      1996 2019
      77% 76% House of Cards Elizabeth Hale (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 82% 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% 79% Political Animals Margaret Barrish (Character) 2012
      80% 79% 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
      83% No Score Yet That's Life Dolly DeLucca (Character) 2000-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen Burstyn Show Ellen Brewer (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Host 1980
      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 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