Ellen Burstyn

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Academy, Tony and BAFTA award-winning Ellen Burstyn will make her London stage debut in The Children's Hour. Nominated six times for an Oscar for her roles in The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Same Time Next Year, Resurrection and Requiem for a Dream, her many film credits include Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore for which she won the Best Actress BAFTA as well as the Academy Award. Her more recent film credits include Olivier Stone's W. in which she played Barbara Bush, Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain and Neil LaBute's remake of The Wicker Man. She can be seen on screen in the forthcoming The Mighty Macs and Main Street. Her many US theatre credits include Same Time Next Year for which she won the Tony Award, 84 Charing Cross Road, Shirley Valentine and Long Day's Journey Into Night, as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman's production of The Little Flower of East Orange for the Public Theater and LAByrinth Theater Company. Burstyn's television credits include the title role in The People vs. Jean Harris and Pack of Lies, for both which she was Emmy nominated, That's Life, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Book of Daniel.

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Classic Stage Company Revival, 2017

Public Theater and National Theatre One-Night Reading, 2017
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Roundabout Theatre Company Production, 2013
Helen Potts

[West End]
London Production, 2011
Mrs. Amelia Tilford

Therese Marie

Original Broadway Production, 2003
Lucy Marsden

Sister Grace

Sharyn Beaumont

Shirley Valentine [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1982
Helene Hanff


Ellen Burstyn Movies

[1958]The Christmas Tree Elizabeth

[1963]The Big Brain Ellen

[1964]For Those Who Think Young Dr. Pauline Swenson

[1964]Goodbye Charlie Franny Saltzmann

[1969]The Winner Ellen McCleod

[1970]Alex in Wonderland Beth Morrison

[1970]Tropic of Cancer Mona Miller

[1971]The Last Picture Show Lois Farrow

[1972]The King of Marvin Gardens Sally

[1973]The Exorcist Chris MacNeil

[1974]Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Alice Hyatt

[1974]Harry and Tonto Shirley

[1974]Thursday's Game Lynne Evers

[1977]Providence Sonia Langham

[1978]A Dream of Passion Brenda Collins

[1978]Same Time, Next Year Doris

[1980]Resurrection Edna

[1981]Silence of the North Olive Frederickson

[1981]The People vs. Jean Harris Jean Harris

[1984]The Ambassador Alex

[1985]Into Thin Air Joan Walker

[1985]Surviving Tina Brogan

[1985]Twice in a Lifetime Kate MacKenzie

[1986]Act of Vengeance Margaret Yablonski

[1986]Something in Common Lynn Hollander

[1987]Look Away Mary Todd Lincoln

[1987]Pack of Lies Barbara Jackson

[1988]Hanna's War Katalin

[1990]The Color of Evening Kate O'Rielly

[1990]When You Remember Me Nurse Cooder

[1991]Dying Young Mrs. O'Neil

[1991]Grand Isle Mademoiselle Reisz

[1991]Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love Lillian 'Lil' Lambert

[1992]Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Wilma

[1993]Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story Joan Delvecchio

[1993]The Cemetery Club Esther Moskowitz

[1994]Getting Gotti Jo Giacalone

[1994]Getting Out Arlie's Mother

[1994]Primal Secrets Frances Griffin

[1994]When a Man Loves a Woman Emily

[1995]Follow the River Gretel

[1995]How to Make an American Quilt Hy

[1995]My Brother's Keeper Helen

[1995]Roommates Judith

[1995]The Baby-Sitters Club Mrs. Haberman

[1996]Cross the Line Mary Davis

[1996]Our Son, the Matchmaker Iva Mae

[1996]The Spitfire Grill Hannah Ferguson

[1996]Timepiece Maud Gannon

[1997]A Deadly Vision Yvette Watson

[1997]Liar Mook

[1998]Miracle of the Spring June Clatterbuck

[1998]Playing by Heart Mildred

[1998]You Can Thank Me Later Shirley Cooperberg

[1999]Night Ride Home Maggie

[1999]Walking Across Egypt Mattie Rigsbee

[2000]Mermaid Trish

[2000]Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb

[2000]The Yards Val Handler

[2001]Dodson's Journey Mother

[2001]Within These Walls Joan Thomas

[2002]Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Vivi

[2003]Brush with Fate Rika

[2004]The Five People You Meet in Heaven Ruby

[2004]The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel Tommie

[2005]Mrs. Harris Former Tarnower Steady

[2005]Our Fathers Mary Ryan

[2006]30 Days Maura

[2006]The Elephant King Diana (Mom)

[2006]The Fountain Dr. Lillian Guzetti

[2006]The Wicker Man Sister SummersIsle

[2007]Mitch Albom's for One More Day Pauline (Posey) Benetto

[2007]The Stone Angel Hagar

[2008]Lovely, Still Mary Malone

[2008]The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Addie

[2008]W. Barbara Bush

[2009]Possible Side Effects

[2009]Surviving Summer Katherine

[2009]The Mighty Macs Mother St. John

[2009]The Velveteen Rabbit Swan - Voice

[2010]Main Street Georgiana Carr

[2011]Another Happy Day Doris Baker

[2011]Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Nanette

[2013]Wish You Well Louisa Mae Cardinal

[2014]Draft Day Barb Weaver

[2014]Interstellar Murph (Older)

[2014]Old Soul Eileen

[2014]River of Fundament Hathfertiti

[2014]The Calling Emily Micallef

[2014]Two Men in Town Garnett's mother

[2014]When Marnie Was There Nan - Voice

[2015]About Scout Gram

[2015]The Age of Adaline Flemming

[2016]Custody Beatrice Fisher

[2016]Wiener-Dog Nana

[2017]A Little Something for Your Birthday Celia

[2017]The House of Tomorrow Josephine Prendergast

[2018]Nostalgia Helen

[2018]The Tale Nettie

[2019]American Woman Miss Dolly

[2019]Lucy in the Sky Nana Holbrook

[2020]Pieces of a Woman Elizabeth

[2021]Queen Bees Helen Wilson

[2022]The Lost Girls

[2022]Three Months Valerie

[2023]The Exorcist Chris MacNeil

Ellen Burstyn TV Shows

Kraft Theatre Linda

Dr. Kildare Anne Garner

Michael Shayne Carol

Surfside 6 Wandra Drake

The Dick Powell Show Rose Maxon

The Loretta Young Show Ann Walters

Cheyenne Emmy Mae

Checkmate Margo

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Donna Whittaker

Bus Stop Phyllis Dunning

The Real McCoys Dorothy Carter

The Detectives Nora

Ben Casey Connie, Dr. Leslie Fraser

I'm Dickens, He's Fenster Joan

Perry Mason Mona Winthrope White

Kraft Mystery Theater Greta Dryden

[ 1961-1963]77 Sunset Strip Sandra Keene, Betty Benson

The Defenders Hilda Wesley

Vacation Playhouse Ellen

Laramie Amy

Wagon Train Margaret Whitlow

Going My Way Louise

Kraft Suspense Theatre Barbara Sherwood, Lucille Benton

The Greatest Show on Earth Susan Mason

Death Valley Days Jenny

Theatre of Stars Eva Laurelton

For the People Maria Haviland

The Doctors Dr. Kate Bartok

The Time Tunnel Eve Holland

The Big Valley Sister Jacob

[ 1967-1968]Iron Horse Julie Parsons

Insight Janet

The Virginian Kate Burden

[ 1962-1971]Gunsmoke Amy Waters, Polly

The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Rachel Lambert

The Dick Cavett Show Ellen Brewer

[ 1986-1987]The Ellen Burstyn Show Ellen Brewer

The Wonderful World of Disney Laura Strong

A Will of Their Own Veronica Steward

[ 2000-2002]That's Life Dolly DeLucca

The Book of Daniel Bishop Beatrice Congreve

5 Second Movies Chris MacNeil

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bernie Stabler

[ 2007-2011]Big Love Nancy Davis Dutton

Visionado obligado Chris MacNeil

Coma Mrs. Emerson

Political Animals Margaret Barrish

The Dollanganger Saga Olivia Foxworth, Grandmother

Louie Evanka

Mom Shirley

House of Cards Elizabeth Hale

The First Lady Sara Delano Roosevelt

[ 2021-2022]Law & Order: Organized Crime Bernadette Stabler

Ellen Burstyn Awards and Nominations

The Lortels - 2009 - Outstanding Lead Actress

Ellen Burstyn, The Little Flower of East Orange

Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Actress - Play

Ellen Burstyn, Same Time, Next Year

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Ellen Burstyn News

Raue Center School for the Arts to Present On-Camera Acting Masterclass with Austin & Colleen Basis

Raue Center School for the Arts will present an on-camera acting masterclass with Austin & Colleen Basis on December 9th and 10th, 2023.

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Present THE PERLBERG FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS

Palm Beach Dramaworks presents the Perlberg Festival of New Plays, featuring a lineup of exciting new works. Don't miss this opportunity to experience innovative and thought-provoking theater.

Raue Center School For The Arts Will Host Three Fall Classes

 Raue Center has announced the return of its School for the Arts education program (RCSA) with three new classes. 

Review: THE EXORCIST At Open Stage

If you are looking for spine-tingling, bone-chilling, hair-raising special effects, this production of The Exorcist does not disappoint. Audiences who love classic horror should not miss out on this production of The Exorcist at Open Stage.

Review: The ASA Honors Betty Buckley With NEW WAYS TO DREAM Concert at Merkin Hall

A cast of Friends Of Betty filled the stage of Merkin Hall this week as the American Songbook Association honored Betty Buckley.

New Supernatural Horror Film FROM THE SHADOWS Starring Bruce Davison, Keith David & More Available on Vudu This Month

Get ready for the spine-chilling thrills of 'From The Shadows,' the new supernatural horror film starring Davison, Anduze, and David. Available to watch on Vudu beginning 10/6, this gripping movie will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't miss out on the supernatural scares and chilling terror - stream 'From The Shadows' today!

Video: Watch a New THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER Featurette

The Exorcist: Believer follows Victor Fielding (Tony winner and Oscar® nominee Leslie Odom, Jr.; One Night in Miami, Hamilton). The film also stars Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles (Harriet, The Righteous Gemstones) and two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Fosse/Verdon, Bloodline). Watch the video featurette now!

Video: Watch the Sneak Peek of THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER

The film stars Tony winner and Oscar® nominee Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami, Hamilton) with Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Lidya Jewett, Olivia O’Neill and Ellen Burstyn. Watch the video sneak peek now!

Video: Watch Leslie Odom, Jr. in New THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER Trailer With Norbert Leo Butz, Jennifer Nettles & More

Watch Tony winner and Oscar nominee Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton, Purlie) in the new video trailer for The Exorcist: Believer. The film also stars Emmy winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, Hereditary), and Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles (Harriet, The Righteous Gemstones) and two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Fosse/Verdon, Bloodline).

Shia LaBeouf To Make Stage Debut In David Mamet World Premiere HENRY JOHNSON

Actor Shia LaBeouf will make his stage debut in the world premiere of Henry Johnson, a new work from playwright David Mamet, directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan, showrunner of the Showtime series The L Word: Generation Q.

Video: Watch Leslie Odom, Jr. in THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER Trailer With Norbert Leo Butz, Jennifer Nettles & More

The trailer for The Exorcist: Believer, starring Tony winner and Oscar nominee Leslie Odom, Jr., two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles, has been released. The film also features Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn reprising her iconic role as Chris MacNeil. Watch the video trailer now!

Review: Bernard Slade's Same Time, Next Year at Early Bird Dinner Theater

Same Time, Next Year is a romantic comedy written by Bernard Slade that premiered in 1975 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The plot revolves around a man and woman, George and Doris (respectively), who meet together once a year for a rendezvous over the course of 24 years despite being married to other people. Over the span of 24 years, George and Doris, who have six children between them, develop a much deeper level of intimacy for one another, despite only meeting once a year for a clandestine weekend. They discuss births, deaths, and marital woes amidst the ever-changing social climate that plagues their existence over the course of a span of two decades.

Photos: Inside the 2023 Drama Desk Awards

The 2023 Drama Desk Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 6 at the iconic Sardi's Restaurant. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos from the big night here!

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tovah Feldshuh, Jason Robert Brown, and More Will Present at the 2023 Drama Desk Awards

Presenters for the 67th Annual Drama Desk Awards have been announced! Learn more about who will be giving out awards on the big night!

The Actors Studio to Present AREYTO Celebration of Latine Scene Work, Poetry, Song & Dance

This weekend, The Actors Studio will continue its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world’s most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights.

ON THE FLY 2023: THEN & NOW to be Presented at The Actors Studio This Weekend

This weekend, The Actors Studio continues its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world’s most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights.

Middletown Arts Center Presents the 2023 MAC-ONE-ACTS Play-Reading Festival

The Middletown Arts Center is excited to present the fourth edition of The MAC ONE-ACTS Play-Reading Festival, featuring original, one-act works by New Jersey playwrights read theatrically by local actors.

The Actors Studio to Host Events Featuring Lois Smith & Celebrations of BIPOC Membership in May

In May, The Actors Studio will continue its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world’s most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights.

Australia's CHERRY Comes To The Hollywood Fringe

Sour Cherry Productions is thrilled to present Cherry, a hilarious and touching show from Australia. After sold out performances in Sydney, Melbourne and across the continent, this Tour Ready Award Winner is excited to bring the love of Katy Perry to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Through the classic songs of Katy Perry, Cherry hilariously and insightfully celebrates the power of music to transform and enlighten in this one woman's thank you card to her idol.

Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Kim Cattrall Confirmed for Tribeca Festival 2023 Audio Storytelling Lineup

The 2023 Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, has announced its audio storytelling lineup, including 18 world premieres from independent and established narrative audio creators and 11 “Live-from-Tribeca” events. This year’s Festival, which takes place June 7-18, will highlight its audio storytelling selection.


Ellen Burstyn has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Ellen Burstyn has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Ellen Burstyn's first West End show was The Children's Hour which opened in 2011

Ellen Burstyn has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress at The Lortels for her performance in "The Little Flower of East Orange." Burstyn was also nominated for Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "Same Time, Next Year." In addition, she received a nomination for Best Ensemble Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production. Burstyn's notable nomination at the Tony Awards was for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, again for her work in "Same Time, Next Year."

Ellen Burstyn has won several awards for her performance in the play "Same Time, Next Year." She received the Outstanding Actress - Play award from the Drama Desk Awards, the Best Ensemble Performance award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play award from the Tony Awards.

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