Ellen Burstyn stars in "The Mighty Macs," opposite Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz and Marley Shelton, as Mother St. John.

Ellen Burstyn is one of the most celebrated American leading ladies currently working in films and on stage. She won both the Tony Award (Neil Simon's "Same Time, Next Year") and the Academy Award (Martin Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore)" in 1975, a high point in a career that spans six decades of quality performances.
 
Born in Detroit, Michigan, she worked as a model and actress in such classic television series as "The Jackie Gleason Show," "The Doctors" and "Ben Casey" among many others. She made her Broadway debut in 1957 in "Fair Game," balancing stage and television roles until making her film debut in 1964's "Goodbye," "Charlie." Her breakthrough film role followed in 1971 when director Peter Bogdanovich cast her in "The Last Picture Show," leading her to her first Academy Award nomination.
 
Many major film performances soon followed, including Oscar-nominated leads in such features as "The Exorcist," "Same Time," "Next Year" and "Resurrection." She remained just as active in theater, starring on Broadway in productions that included two written by Horton Foote: "The Trip to Bountiful" and "The Death of Papa."
 
Her more recent film work includes starring roles in the features "The Cemetery Club," "How to Make an American Quilt," "The Babysitters Club," "The Spitfire Grill," "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "Requiem for a Dream" (which earned her a fifth Oscar nomination), "Greta," "W" and "The Elephant King."
 
She has also authored a best-selling memoir ("Lessons in Becoming Myself") and served as president of Actors Equity Association and artistic director of the famed Actors Studio. The holder of four honorary collegiate doctorates, she currently teaches acting at Pace University in New York City for the Actors Studio Masters Program.
   
She has received two Emmy Award nominations for "The People vs. Jean Harris" and "Pack of Lies" as well as starred in her own television series, "The Ellen Burstyn Show," in 1986. Her other television work includes the productions "The Book of Daniel," "That's Life" and, most recently, HBO's "Big Love."




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Age: 84 years old
Birthday: December 7, 1932
Height: 5' 7"
Full Name / Real Name: Edna Rae Gillooly
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Husband: Neil Nephew (1964 - April 1972, divorced, 1 child)
Paul Roberts (9/14/1958 - 1962, divorced)
William Alexander (1950 - September 1957, divorced)


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