Ellen Burstyn Biography (1932-)



Original name, Edna Rae Gillooly; born December 7, 1932, in Detroit, MI; daughter of John Austin (a building contractor) and Correine Marie (Hamel) Gillooly; married William C. Alexander (a poet), 1950 (divorced, 1955); married Paul Roberts (a director), 1957 (divorced, 1959); married Neil Burstyn (an actor), 1960 (divorced, 1971); children: (third marriage) Jefferson. Education: Attended Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI; studied acting with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and with Stella Adler. Addresses: Agent-- Todd Smith, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., BeverlyHills, CA 90212. Career: Actress. Appeared in television commercials.Actors Studio, New York City, artistic director (with others), 1982-84, artistic director, 1984-88, then a member of the board of directors; panelist, National Endowment for the Arts and Theatre Advisory Council of New York. Usingthe name Keri Flynn, worked as a dancer in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; using the name Edna Rae, worked as a model in New York and Texas. Also worked as a photographer, fashion coordinator, and short order cook. Member: Actors' Equity Association (president, 1982-85). Awards, Honors: New York Film Critics Circle Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, and Academy Award nomination, all best supporting actress, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actress--motion picture, all 1972, for The Last Picture Show; Academy Award nomination, best actress, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actress--drama, both 1974, for The Exorcist; Antoinette Perry Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics CircleAward, all best actress, all 1975, for the stage version of Same Time, Next Year; Academy Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award,both best actress, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actress--drama, all 1975, for Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More; Golden Globe Award, best motion picture actress--musical/comedy, and Academy Award nomination, best actress, both 1979, for the film version of Same Time,Next Year; Academy Award nomination, best actress, and Golden Globe Awardnomination, best motion picture actress--drama, both 1981, for Resurrection; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding actress in a limited series or a special, 1981, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, 1982, both for The People vs. Jean Harris; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or special, 1987, for "Pack of Lies," Hallmark Hall of Fame; Berlinale Camera Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 1988; honorary degrees include D.H.L., Dowling College, 1983, and D.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York City, 1983; Special Achievement Award, Retirement Research Foundation, 1996. Addresses: Agent: Todd Smith, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
December 7, 1932
Detroit, Michigan, United States

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