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Ellen Burstyn

BIRTH NAME Edna Rae Gillooly
BORN December 7, 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA
ASSOCIATION Actor
NATIONALITY American
HEIGHT 170 cm
REVIEWED ENTRIES 10 (8)
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

AVERAGE RATING 4.31

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1971 The Last Picture Show Lois Farrow

1973 The Exorcist Chris MacNeil

1974 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Alice Hyatt

1978 Same Time, Next Year Doris

1995 How to Make an American Quilt Hy

2000 Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb

2002 Red Dragon Grandma Dolarhyde
2006 The Fountain Dr. Lillian Guzetti

2008 W. Barbara Bush

2014 Interstellar Elderly Murphy  

 

PORTRAIT

Arriving fairly late in movies, and even later in the Hollywood celebrity scene, Ellen Burstyn's career has been distinguished by recurring, often low-key critically acclaimed performances in ambitious and groundbreaking films. Her filmatic successes stand as a stern contrast to her turbulent personal life containing three broken marriages and a childhood filled with abuse. That she has been standing tall through it all is a testament to Burstyn's personal strength - a strength that has often been mirrored in her characters.

As an actress, Burstyn is unpretentious and highly professional. She portrays elegance and desperation with equal conviction. Her best roles have often been characters that are pushed to the limit, such as in The Exorcist or Requiem for a Dream. What is remarkable is how she's managed to retain credibility even in extreme segments, bordering on the fantastical.

After a non-stop line of successes during the 70s, Burstyn had trouble finding good work in movies during the 80s and 90s, and went on to do a lot of television work instead. However, now well into her 70s, she is back in the limelight and she is as prolific and ambitious as ever. Burstyn has remained a model for women, without ever wearing the feminist hat.

 

TRIVIA

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AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

1971

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Last Picture Show

1973

Nominated for Best Actress for The Exorcist

1974

Best Actress for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

1978

Nominated for Best Actress for Same Time, Next Year

1980

Nominated for Best Actress for Resurrection

2000

Nominated for Best Actress for Requiem for a Dream

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

Alex in Wonderland  (1970)

"Burstyn stands out as Sutherland's wife" - Leonard Maltin

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

"Burstyn's performance as an aging beauty is chilling in its perfection" - Leonard Maltin

Resurrection (1980)

"Burstyn's moving performance is the centrepiece of a wonderful and underrated film." - Leonard Maltin

 

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