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Also Known As: Ellen Rona Barkin Died:
Born: April 16, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, waitress

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A tough, no-nonsense blonde from the Barbara Stanwyck school of acting, actress Ellen Barkin made her acting debut in a 1980 New York stage production of "Irish Coffee;" later appearing in the original off-Broadway presentation of "Extremities." She learned the ropes as a cast member of the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" before making her feature debut as the unappreciated wife who misfiles her husband's records in Barry Levinson's ensemble film "Diner" (1982). Roles as Robert Duvall's headstrong daughter in "Tender Mercies" (1983) and Timothy Hutton's wife in "Daniel" (1983) followed. But it would not be until "Desert Bloom" (1986) that she opened Hollywood's eyes to her sultry potential, delivering a wonderfully splashy turn as a resilient sexpot who enlivened the picture whenever on the screen. Barkin had never looked better and soon capitalized on her bold, sexy new image by breaking into leading roles, including that of the uptight lawyer in the sweaty romance "The Big Easy" (1987) opposite Dennis Quaid, and as the provocative possible murderess in "Sea of Love" (1989) co-starring Al Pacino. Proving sex appeal had no age limit, Barkin returned to feature films as the sole femme fatale in...

A tough, no-nonsense blonde from the Barbara Stanwyck school of acting, actress Ellen Barkin made her acting debut in a 1980 New York stage production of "Irish Coffee;" later appearing in the original off-Broadway presentation of "Extremities." She learned the ropes as a cast member of the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" before making her feature debut as the unappreciated wife who misfiles her husband's records in Barry Levinson's ensemble film "Diner" (1982). Roles as Robert Duvall's headstrong daughter in "Tender Mercies" (1983) and Timothy Hutton's wife in "Daniel" (1983) followed. But it would not be until "Desert Bloom" (1986) that she opened Hollywood's eyes to her sultry potential, delivering a wonderfully splashy turn as a resilient sexpot who enlivened the picture whenever on the screen. Barkin had never looked better and soon capitalized on her bold, sexy new image by breaking into leading roles, including that of the uptight lawyer in the sweaty romance "The Big Easy" (1987) opposite Dennis Quaid, and as the provocative possible murderess in "Sea of Love" (1989) co-starring Al Pacino. Proving sex appeal had no age limit, Barkin returned to feature films as the sole femme fatale in "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007), while playing a tough-as-nails federal agent unafraid to ruffle feathers in "Brooklyn's Finest" (2009) and earning significant buzz for her performance in "Another Happy Day" (2011), which underscored her stature as one of the most versatile and respected actresses on the screen.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cobbler, The (2014)
2.
 Very Good Girls (2013)
3.
 Hands of Stone (2013)
4.
 His Way (2011)
5.
 Chameleon, The (2010)
6.
7.
 Shit Year (2010)
8.
 Twelve (2010)
9.
10.
 Happy Tears (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1969:
Accepted into NY's High School of the Performing Arts at age 15
1980:
First stage role was "Irish Coffee" at the Ensemble Studio Theatre
1981:
Made her TV-movie debut in "We're Fighting Back" (CBS)
1982:
Landed breakout role in Barry Levinson's "Diner"
1982:
Appeared off-Broadway with Susan Sarandon in the original production of "Extremities"
1985:
Acted off-Broadway in "Eden Court"
1986:
First leading role in a feature, starring opposite Dennis Quaid in "The Big Easy"
1987:
First role with future husband Gabriel Byrne, "Siesta"
1989:
Acted in Walter Hill's "Johnny Handsome"
1989:
Starred as a femme fatale opposite with Al Pacino in "Sea of Love"
1991:
Cast as a man reincarnated in a woman's body in "Switch"
1992:
Re-teamed with Byrne for Mike Newell's "Into the West"
1993:
Co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in "This Boy's Life"
1995:
Portrayed Calamity Jane to Jeff Bridges' "Wild Bill"
1996:
Second collaboration with De Niro, "The Fan"
1996:
Appeared in third film with Byrne, Larry Bishop's "Mad Dog Time"
1997:
Won an Emmy for her work in the ABC TV-movie "Before Women Had Wings"
1999:
Portrayed the often-drunk mother of beauty pageant hopeful Kirsten Dunst, in "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
2000:
Appeared as Monica Keena's mother in "Crime + Punishment in Suburbia"
2004:
Appeared in the Spike Lee comedy "She Hate Me"
2005:
Played the mother of a teenaged girl forced by her parents to have an abortion in "Palindromes"
2006:
Cast as a book publisher in Bart Freundlich's "Trust the Man"
2007:
Joined the cast of Soderbergh's "Ocean's 13" as Pacino's right-hand woman
2009:
Appeared in the crime drama "Brooklyn's Finest," which starred Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, and Ethan Hawke
2010:
Co-starred in the ensemble drama thriller "Twelve," directed by Joel Schumacher
2011:
Won a Tony for her role in the Broadway revival of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart"
2011:
Co-starred in the ensemble family drama "Another Happy Day"; also produced
2012:
Cast as the homophobic and racist grandmother on comedy series "The New Normal" (Fox)
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Education

Hunter College: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1972

Notes

"I remember saying to Jon: 'This character is a bombshell. How do I deal with this? A bombshell, that's not me.' And he said to me that I'd never before been cast so close to who I was! I said: 'That's ridiculous! This is Marilyn Monroe, not me.' and he said, 'You couldn't be more wrong.' It still surprises me."---Barkin on her first steamy role oppsite Jon Voight in "Desert Bloom", from The New York Times, October 10, 1989.

"Nothing comes before them. In the beginning it's very overwhelming, like you're in some whirlpool just trying to keep afloat with doing the right thing. Since I've been calmer with it, I have to say I get into my bed every night, look at my fire, read my book, and then I put my book down and think, I'm so happy. And that's only about having children. This is something I've never experienced before, nothing else fills me up so completely. Not my job, not a man, not anything."---Barkin on her children being the center of her life, to Us, August 1996.

"I am the mother of a 12-year-old girl and I can tell you unequivocally that if my daughter was pregnant, I would take her kicking and screaming to have an abortion."---Barkin said at a press conference to publicize her movie "Palindromes" on September 7, 2004.

"Hey, I still have a good body, but I'm fifty years old and everybody got to look at it when I was younger and now it's not time for them to look at it."---Barkin quoted to Premiere, April 2005.

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companion:
Val Kilmer. Actor. Dated c. 1984.
husband:
Gabriel Byrne. Actor. Irish; married in 1988; separated in 1993; Barkin filed for divorce in May 1999.
companion:
David Arquette. Actor. Met on set of "Wild Bill"; born on September 8, 1971; no longer together.
husband:
Ronald Perelman. Businessman. Engaged as of spring 1999; married on June 28, 2000; his fourth marriage; separated April 2004 .
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Family close complete family listing

brother:
George Barkin. Magazine editor. Former editor in chief of <i>The National Lampoon</i>; older.
son:
Jack Byrne. Born in October 1989.
daughter:
Romey Marion Byrne. Born on November 18, 1992.
step-daughter:
Samantha Perelman.
step-daughter:
Caleigh Perelman.
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