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Born: December 7, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Worked as a model in Texas and NYC
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Acted in commercials using the name Keri Flynn
1956:
Debut as a TV regular as a dancer on "The Jackie Gleason Show" (CBS); billed as Erica Dean
1957:
Broadway debut in "Fair Game"
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Lived in L.A.
1963:
Had lead in TV series pilot "The Big Brain" (CBS)
1964:
Feature acting debut in "Goodbye, Charlie"; billed as Ellen McRae
1964:
Moved to NYC
1965:
Played Doctor Kate Bartok on NBC daytime drama "The Doctors"; credited as Ellen McRae
1967:
Starred on the ABC Western series "Iron Horse" as a freight line operator; credited as Ellen McRae
1967:
Joined the Actors Studio
1970:
Changed billing to Ellen Burstyn for "Alex in Wonderland"
1971:
Breakthrough screen performance, as Lois Farrow in "The Last Picture Show"; nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar
1972:
Offered a memorably performance as an aging beauty in "The King of Marvin Gardens" co-starring Jack Nicholson
1973:
Played the mother of a possessed young girl in "The Exorcist"; earned second Oscar nomination, this time as Best Actress
1974:
Starred in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"; also produced; hired then relatively unknown director Martin Scorsese to direct
1975:
Starred on Broadway with Charles Grodin in "Same Time, Next Year"; won a Tony Award
1978:
Reprised role in the film version of "Same Time, Next Year" opposite Alan Alda; earned fourth Oscar nomination
1980:
Stage directing debut, "Judgement"
1980:
Gave an Oscar-nominated performance in "Resurrection"
1981:
Earned Emmy nomination for her work in the fact-based NBC miniseries "The People vs. Jean Harris"
1982:
Named first female President of Actor's Equity Association (resigned in 1985)
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Starred on Broadway in "84 Charing Cross Road"
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Succeeded Lee Strasberg as co-artistic director (with Al Pacino, who served 1982-84) of the Actors Studio
1985:
With Marsha Mason, starred as mothers whose teenage children fulfill a suicide pact in "Surviving" (ABC)
1986:
Starred in the fact-based TV-movies "Into Thin Air" (CBS) and "Act of Vengeance" (HBO)
1986:
Appeared in own comedy series "The Ellen Burstyn Show" (ABC)
1987:
Starred in the TV-movie "Pack of Lies" (CBS), an adaptation of Hugh Whitmore's hit play about a London couple who allow British intelligence to use their home to spy on their longtime friends and neighbors; earned second Emmy nomination
1989:
Succeeded Pauline Collins as the titular heroine in the one-person show "Shirley Valentine"
1991:
Played the titular woman on the run from authorities with her grandchild in "Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love" (CBS)
1992:
Featured in "Grand Isle" (TNT), the TV-movie adaptation of Kate Chopin's <i>The Awakening</i>
1992:
Acted in the short-lived Broadway production "Shimada"
1993:
Played a widow in "The Cemetary Club"
1995:
Starred on Broadway as Sister Grace in "Sacrilege"
1995:
Featured in "How to Make an American Quilt" as Finn's (Winona Ryder) grandmother and one of the women who share their coming-of-age stories with the aimless bride-to-be while crafting the titular gift
1996:
Played the owner of "The Spitfire Grill," a restaurant that serves as a troubled young woman's ticket to a new life
1998:
Played the mysterious subject of a town legend in the CBS movie "The Patron Saint of Liars"
1998:
Played a woman coming to terms with her grown son's batlle with AIDS in "Playing by Heart"
1999:
Co-starred as the matriarch of a troubled family in the CBS TV-movie "Night Ride Home"
2000:
Played a woman addicted to diet pills who fantasizes about competing on a game show in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem For a Dream"; received Best Actress Oscar nomination
2000:
Cast in the CBS series "That's Life" as the meddling mother of the central character (Heather Paige Kent)
2002:
Portrayed an elder Viviane 'Vivi' Abbott Walker in "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"; based on the best-selling novel by Rebecca Wells
2004:
Cast in the ABC TV-movie "The Five People You Meet in Heaven"
2004:
Cast in the CBS TV-movie "Canal Street Brothel," about a family of women who ran a bordello out of their New Orleans home
2005:
Cast in Showtime's "Our Fathers," an adaptation of David France's epic book about the sex scandals in the Roman Catholic Church
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for her role in "Mrs. Harris" (HBO); her nomination created controversy because her entire performance consisted of two lines of dialogue and a total of thirty-eight words, which resulted in fourteen seconds of screen time
2006:
Played a key role as Lilian in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain"
2007:
Cast in the TV-movie "Mitch Albom¿s For One More Day" (ABC); earned a SAG nomination for Outstanding Female Actor in a Television Movie
2007:
Landed a recurring role on HBO's "Big Love," playing the mother of Polygamist wife Barbara Henrickson; earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Guest Actress in a Drama Series
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
2008:
Portrayed former first lady Barbara Bush in Oliver Stone's controversial biopic "W."
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)
2011:
Cast opposite Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom in the small-town drama "Main Street"
2011:
Co-starred in the ensemble family drama "Another Happy Day"
2012:
Co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in USA Network miniseries "Political Animals"
2012:
Played the head of a futuristic rest home in A&E miniseries "Coma," based on 1978 film

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