Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn in Warner Brothers' The Exorcist - 1973


Born 12/07/1932

One of the most popular actresses in film and television during the 1970s and 1980s, Ellen Burstyn wowed critics and audiences alike with her enormously skilled and sympathetic performances as strong and complex women who struggle against what seem like insurmountable challenges in such films as
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  • In 2009, received Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
  • In 2001, received Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
  • In 2000, received Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Actress


  • In 2008, Portrayed former first lady Barbara Bush in Oliver Stone's controversial biopic "W."
  • In 2008, Cast in Stephen Adly Guirgis' "The Little Flower of East Orange" directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in a joint production of LAByrinth Theater Company and the Public Theater
  • In 2008, Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" as the bipolar estranged mother of Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni)

Family & Companions

  • William Friedkin: worked together on "The Exorcist" (1973); Burstyn claims they had an affair after filming was completed which Freidkin has denied
  • Correine Gillooly: mother (Divorced Ellen's father when Ellen was still young; raised Ellen as a single parent)
  • John Austin Gillooly: father (Divorced Ellen's mother when Ellen was still young; has had little contact with daughter)

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