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Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn
Burstyn at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival première of Poliwood, May 1, 2009.
Personal information
Birth nameEdna Rae Gillooly
Birth dateDecember 7, 1932(age 83)
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan, United States
Other namescredited as Ellen McRae until 1970 in nearly all her film and television appearances 
Years active1958 present
Spouse-William Alexander-1950-1957divorced
-Paul Roberts-1958-1962divorced
-Neil Burstyn-1964-1972divorced

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Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932) is an American actress, who has worked in film, stage and television. Her acting career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the next ten years, Burstyn appeared in several films and television series before joining the Actors Studio in 1967. She achieved recognition for her roles in The Last Picture Show (1971) and The Exorcist (1973), receiving Academy Award nominations for both performances. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress the following year for her work in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1973). In 1975, she won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway production of Same Time, Next Year, and received a Golden Globe Award and a fourth Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1978 film version. Burstyn continued to work extensively since the 1980s, and was acclaimed for her performance in the film Requiem for a Dream, for which she received several critic's awards.

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