Photo of Ellen Burstyn Ellen Burstyn

Born in Detroit on Dec. 7, 1932, Ellen Burstyn worked numerous odd jobs before landing a regular gig on "The Jackie Gleason Show." She debuted on Broadway in 1957, then spent years working in TV and in minor film roles.

Her breakthrough came in 1971, with a performance in The Last Picture Show that earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. She received another Oscar nomination for The Exorcist (1973), then won an Oscar and a BAFTA for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1975). Burstyn received two more Oscar nominations for her re-creation of her Tony Award-winning role in the film adaptation of Same Time, Next Year (1978) and for Resurrection (1980).

Other notable films include The King of Marvin Gardens, Requiem for a Dream (which won her an Independent Spirit Award) and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. In 2006, she earned an Emmy nod for her turn in the TV drama Mrs. Harris.

Ellen Burstyn in The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline

2015 PG-13

After 29-year-old Adaline recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on and on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself -- till she meets a man who changes her life.

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  • Ellen Burstyn in Draft Day Draft Day
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Fountain The Fountain
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Mighty Macs The Mighty Macs
  • Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream Requiem for a Dream
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Calling The Calling
  • Ellen Burstyn in Tropic of Cancer Tropic of Cancer
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Last Picture Show The Last Picture Show
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist The Exorcist
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Five People You Meet in Heaven The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Ellen Burstyn in Same Time, Next Year Same Time, Next Year
  • Ellen Burstyn in W. W.
  • Ellen Burstyn in Wish You Well Wish You Well
  • Ellen Burstyn in Flowers in the Attic Flowers in the Attic
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Baby Sitters Club The Baby Sitters Club
  • Ellen Burstyn in Love, Marilyn Love, Marilyn
  • Ellen Burstyn in Petals on the Wind Petals on the Wind
  • Ellen Burstyn in How to Make an American Quilt How to Make an American Quilt
  • Ellen Burstyn in Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  • Ellen Burstyn in Harry and Tonto Harry and Tonto
  • Ellen Burstyn in Twice in a Lifetime Twice in a Lifetime
  • Ellen Burstyn in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist: The Extended Director's Cut The Exorcist: The Extended Director's Cut
  • Ellen Burstyn in Brush With Fate Brush With Fate
  • Ellen Burstyn in A Decade Under the Influence A Decade Under the Influence
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Wicker Man The Wicker Man
  • Ellen Burstyn in According to Greta According to Greta
  • Ellen Burstyn in About Scout About Scout
  • Ellen Burstyn in Our Fathers Our Fathers
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
  • Ellen Burstyn in Main Street Main Street
  • Ellen Burstyn in Pack of Lies Pack of Lies
  • Ellen Burstyn in Picture This Picture This
  • Ellen Burstyn in When a Man Loves a Woman When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Ellen Burstyn in You Can Thank Me Later You Can Thank Me Later
  • Ellen Burstyn in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
  • Ellen Burstyn in Mitch Albom's For One More Day Mitch Albom's For One More Day
  • Ellen Burstyn in Another Happy Day Another Happy Day
  • Ellen Burstyn in Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
  • Ellen Burstyn in Getting Out Getting Out
  • Ellen Burstyn in Primal Secrets Primal Secrets
  • Ellen Burstyn in My Brother's Keeper My Brother's Keeper
  • Ellen Burstyn in Mermaid Mermaid
  • Ellen Burstyn in Miracle of the Spring Miracle of the Spring
  • Ellen Burstyn in Mrs. Harris Mrs. Harris
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Elephant King The Elephant King
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Book of Daniel The Book of Daniel
  • Ellen Burstyn in 30 Days 30 Days
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit
  • Ellen Burstyn in The Stone Angel The Stone Angel
  • Ellen Burstyn in PoliWood PoliWood
  • Ellen Burstyn in Coma Coma
  • Ellen Burstyn in Political Animals Political Animals
  • Ellen Burstyn in Two Men in Town Two Men in Town