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Ellen Burstyn Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Edna Rae Gillooly
Place Of Birth
Detroit, USA
91 years old
Birth Date
December 7 1932

Ellen Burstyn Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
Cass Technical High School
Net Worth
Jefferson Roberts
John Austin, Correine Marie Gillooly

About Ellen Burstyn 

Ellen Burstyn is an American movie, television, and stage actress.
Ellen Burstyn was born Edna Rae Gillooly in 1932. She was initially a dancer and a model, but started appearing on a number of television shows later.
She first gained nationwide fame for her role in 'The Last Picture Show' on the big screen, for which she also gained an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to act in one of the most famous horror movies of all time - 'The Exorcist'. Since then, Ellen Burstyn has also won a Tony Award, an Academy Award, and has also played recurring roles in TV shows like 'Big Love' or 'Law & Order'. She has also had a prolific career on Broadway. Ellen Burstyn is particularly noted for her nuanced and sensitive portrayals of complex women as an actress on screen.

Ellen Burstyn Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Ellen Burstyn’s net worth?

While there isn't a consensus about the net worth of Ellen Burstyn, most sources agree that her net worth is between $15-20 million.

How much does Ellen Burstyn earn per year?

Very little information is available concerning Miss Ellen Burstyn's annual income.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Ellen Burstyn?

Ellen Burstyn is 5 ft 6 in (1.7 m) tall.

How old is Ellen Burstyn?

Presently, Ellen Burstyn is 89 years old as she was born on December 7, 1932.

Childhood And Education

Ellen Burstyn was born in the city of Detroit, Michigan. Her father's name was John Austin Gillooly, while her mother's name was Correine Marie. She attended Cass Technical High School, where she chose to study fashion. However, she dropped out in her senior year and decided to become a professional dancer. At the age of 23, she also started to model before starting her acting career on Broadway.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Ellen Burstyn’s partner?

Ellen Burstyn is currently single.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

As an actress, Elen Burstyn is known for her portrayal of strong, independent female characters.
She has played the role of a lonely drug addict in 'Requiem for a Dream' as well as a woman who woke up with strange superpowers in 'Resurrection'. In the TV miniseries 'The People vs. Jean Harris' she delved into a horrific story of true crime. She was also the only actress who expressed her interest in playing the role of Chris, the mother of the possessed teenage girl in the movie 'The Exorcist'. Ellen Burstyn has also starred in numerous movies with well-known actors and actresses like Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Meg Ryan, Sean Connery, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Charlize Theron. Recently, she was lauded by critics for playing the role of a concerned mother in the movie 'Pieces of a Woman'.
She has also appeared in a large number of television movies, including 'Act of Vengeance', 'Getting Gotti', 'Follow The River', and more. She won an Emmy Award for portraying the mentally ill, distant, and standoffish mother of Detective Elliot Stabler in 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'. Her portrayal of Elizabeth Hale in 'House of Cards' has also gained widespread appreciation.
Ellen Burstyn is best known for her work as a widowed woman with a son in the movie 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore'. For her portrayal of Alice, Ellen won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She is also well-known for her roles 'The Exorcist', 'The Last Picture Show', 'Same Time, Next Year', 'Resurrection' and 'Requiem for a Dream' for all of which she received an Academy Award nomination.
On television, she has made a name for herself in numerous shows or TV movies like 'House of Cards', 'Flowers in the Attic', 'Mrs. Harris', 'Big Love', 'Political Animals' and 'Law & Order'.

Charity Work

Ellen Burstyn has been involved in a number of charities as the President of the Actors Studio. Miss Burstyn is also one of the patrons of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust.

What awards has Ellen Burstyn won?

Ellen Burstyn is one of the few people who have received the 'Triple Crown of Acting'. In an American context, the 'Triple Crown of Actin' refers to those actors who have won a Tony Award, an Academy Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award in competitive categories.
For her role in 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' - a movie directed by Martin Scorsese, Ellen Burstyn won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She won the Tony Award for the play 'Same Time, Next Year' in the year 1975. She won two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2013. In 2009, she won the award for her guest appearance in 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and in 2013, she won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in 'Political Animals'.
She has also been nominated for six more Emmy awards and five more Academy Awards for her roles in 'Requiem for a Dream', 'Resurrection', and 'The Exorcist'. She was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for the movie 'The Last Picture Show'.

Ellen Burstyn’s Hobbies And Interests

In an interview, Ellen Burstyn confessed that she is quite interested in the field of cosmology and loves to research more about it.

Other Interesting Ellen Burstyn Facts And Trivia

  • Ellen Burstyn has been the President of the Actors Studio since 1994. She shares this position with fellow actors Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel.
  • Ellen Burstyn has also been the artistic director of Actors Studio since 2007, along with Al Pacino.
  • Miss Burstyn made her Broadway debut in the 1957 production ‘Fair Game.’
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