Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn

Date of Birth: 07.12.1932
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Ellen Burstyn
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Acclaim and Awards
  4. Filmography

Biography of Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn, born Edna Rae Gillooly, is an American actress known for her work in theater, film, and television. Throughout her career, Burstyn has also been involved in various philanthropic activities and served as the first female president of an actors' organization for three years.

Early Life and Career

Edna Rae Gillooly, who would later be known as Ellen Burstyn, always dreamed of becoming an actress. However, before pursuing her acting career, she tried her hand at various professions, including modeling, dancing, cooking, and working as a coordinator in a modeling agency. Despite these detours, Burstyn managed to receive professional training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where she would later become a co-director with Al Pacino after Strasberg's death.

Burstyn's path to the stage led her through television shows, and in 1957, she made her Broadway debut. From 1964, she began appearing in films while maintaining a presence in both theater and television. Although her filmography is not extensive, all of her roles have been noteworthy.

Acclaim and Awards

Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award four times. She received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Last Picture Show" in 1972 and three nominations for Best Actress for her performances in "The Exorcist" (1973), "Resurrection" (1980), and "Same Time, Next Year" (1978). Burstyn finally won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Alice Hyatt in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974). The character of Alice is a determined optimist who pursues her dream of becoming a singer, even after losing her husband and home and being left alone with her twelve-year-old son.

In addition to her work in theater, film, and television, Burstyn has been involved in social activism and served as the first female president of an actors' organization for three years. In the 1990s, she fearlessly transitioned to playing grandmother roles in films such as "When A Man Loves A Woman" (1994) and "How To Make An American Quilt" (1995).


1. "Alex in Wonderland" - 1970 (Comedy)
2. "The Exorcist" - 1973 (Horror/Mystery)
3. "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" - 1974 (Drama)
4. "Dying Young" - 1991 (Romance)
5. "When A Man Loves A Woman" - 1994 (Drama)
6. "How To Make An American Quilt" - 1995 (Romance)
7. "Playing by Heart" - 1998 (Romance)
8. "Requiem for a Dream" - 2000 (Drama)
9. "The Yards" - 2000 (Thriller)