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Joan Allen

Highest Rated:   100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Lowest Rated:   14% Josh and S.A.M. (1993)
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Birthplace:   Rochelle, Illinois, USA
Largely underappreciated for years in Hollywood before her Oscar-nominated turn as the First Lady in Nixon (1995), Joan Allen has had a distinguished career encompassing the stage, screen, and television. A native of Rochelle, Illinois, where she was born August 20, 1956, the blond, swanlike actress developed an interest in acting while in high school. Voted Most Likely to Succeed by her senior class, Allen went on to study theatre at Eastern Illinois University. She then moved to Chicago, where she became one of the founding members of the vaunted Steppenwolf Theatre Company, along with such respected talents as Gary Sinise and John Malkovich.Allen made her screen debut with a small role in the 1985 film Compromising Positions and a year later played two wildly different characters in Manhunter and Peggy Sue Got Married. Her portrayals of a tragically confused young woman who attempts to seduce a serial killer in the former film and a brainy high school student in the latter impressed a number of critics, but it was on the stage that Allen was most appreciated. In 1988, she won a Tony award for her Broadway debut performance in Burn This, and a year later she earned her second Tony nomination for her role in Wendy Wasserstein's highly acclaimed The Heidi Chronicles.Following increasingly substantial roles in such films as In Country (1989), Ethan Frome (1992), and Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Allen won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her stunning portrayal of First Lady Pat Nixon in Oliver Stone's Nixon. The acclaim surrounding her performance in the 1995 film finally gave Allen the Hollywood recognition she deserved; the following year this recognition was further enhanced with her Oscar-nominated turn as the long-suffering Elizabeth Proctor in Nicholas Hytner's adaptation of The Crucible.More praise came Allen's way in 1997, when she headlined a stellar ensemble cast in Ang Lee's lauded adaptation of Rick Moody's The Ice Storm. Starring as a troubled upper middle-class Connecticut housewife alongside the likes of Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, and Tobey Maguire, Allen gave repression a stirring, beautifully nuanced name. That same year she went in a completely different direction, starring as the wife of an FBI agent (John Travolta) in John Woo's popular action thriller Face/Off. Allen returned to the realm of the repressed housewife in 1998, starring (and reuniting with Maguire) in the acclaimed 1950s-set comedy drama Pleasantville. The turn of the century found Allen taking leads in a trio of issue-oriented dramas: In the multi-character handgun treatise All the Rage (released on video in 2000), she played the wife of a short-fused lawyer (reuniting with Pleasantville's Jeff Daniels in the process); in the Irish production When the Sky Falls, she teamed with The Long Good Friday (1980) director John Mackenzie to tell the true, tragic story of a Dublin crime reporter; and in Rod Lurie's The Contender, Allen nabbed her biggest role to date -- and her first Best Actress Oscar nomination -- as a would-be U.S. vice president who finds herself at the center of a sex scandal.After all the attention for The Contender, the savvy Allen continued to oscillate between big roles in low-profile independent films and small roles in big-budget popcorn fare, to even greater success. She featured prominently in two of the biggest box-office hits of 2004: the sentimental romance The Notebook and the wildly successful second installment of the Jason Bourne franchise, The Bourne Supremacy. In the latter, she dug into a meaty, sympathetic supporting role as an all-business CIA agent who pursues the framed title character. Spring 2005 saw the near-concurrent release of two of her indie films, both of which premiered at Sundance Festivals from years prior: Campbell Scott's lapsed-hippie family drama Off the Map and Mike Binder's Terms of Endearment-ish saga The Upside of Anger. The former cast Allen against

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
94% Room
  • Grandma
$14.7M 2015
35% Stephen King's A Good Marriage
  • Darcy
2014
No Score Yet Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power
  • Narrator
2014
56% The Bourne Legacy
  • Pam Landy
$113.2M 2012
No Score Yet So You Want To Be President?
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Waking The T.rex 3d: The Story Of Sue
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Waking the T. Rex: The Story of SUE
  • Narrator
2010
62% Hachi: A Dog's Tale
  • Cate Wilson
2009
No Score Yet Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Executive Producer
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
2009
68% Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Good Sharma
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City
  • Narrator
2009
42% Death Race
  • Hennessey
$36.1M 2008
83% The Rape of Europa
  • Narrator
2007
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
$28.6k 2007
93% The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Pamela Landy
$227.4M 2007
40% Bonneville
  • Carol Brimm
$0.4M 2006
52% Yes
  • She
$0.3M 2005
74% The Upside of Anger
  • Terry Wolfmeyer
$18.8M 2005
81% The Bourne Supremacy
  • Pamela Landy
$176.1M 2004
52% The Notebook
  • Anne Hamilton
$81M 2004
70% Off the Map
  • Arlene
$1.3M 2003
43% The Mists of Avalon
  • Morgause
2001
76% The Contender
  • Laine
$16.2M 2000
20% When the Sky Falls
  • Sinead Hamilton
2000
27% It's the Rage
  • Helen Harding
2000
84% Pleasantville
  • Betty Parker
1998
84% The Ice Storm
  • Elena Hood
1997
92% Face/Off
  • Eve Archer
1997
67% The Crucible
  • Elizabeth Proctor
1996
75% Nixon
  • Pat Nixon
1995
28% Mad Love
  • Margaret
1995
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • Bonnie Waitzkin
1993
56% Ethan Frome
  • Zeena Frome
1993
14% Josh and S.A.M.
  • Caroline
1993
No Score Yet Without Warning: The James Brady Story
  • Sarah Brady
1991
70% In Country
  • Irene
1989
84% Tucker: The Man and His Dream
  • Vera Tucker
1988
No Score Yet The Room Upstairs
  • Ellie
1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Maddy Nagle
1986
No Score Yet Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid
  • Lala
1986
94% Manhunter
  • Reba McClane
1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • Ann
1986
53% Compromising Positions
  • Mary Alice Mahoney
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
59% The Family
2015-2016
  • Claire Claire Warren
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2005
70% The Killing
2011-2014
  • Colonel Margaret O'Neal
  • 2014
87% Luck
2011-2012
  • Claire LeChea
  • 2012
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1998
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1996

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