Ellen Burstyn is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She debuted on Broadway in 1957 and, in 1975, won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in “Same Time, Next Year.” In 1990 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. Until 1970, she was credited as “Ellen McRae” in nearly all her film and TV appearances.
Burstyn won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1974 for her performance in the movie “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” She received her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1971 for the film “The Last Picture Show,” and was subsequently nominated for Best Actress: in 1973 for the horror movie “The Exorcist,” in 1978 for “Same Time, Next Year,” in 1980 for “Resurrection, and in 2000 for “Requiem for a Dream.”
She appeared in many television shows of the 1960s, including guest appearances on Perry Mason, Maverick, Wagon Train, 77 Sunset Strip, The Big Valley and Gunsmoke. She hosted Saturday Night Live in 1980. In 1986, she had her own sitcom, “The Ellen Burstyn Show” with Megan Mullally as her daughter and Elaine Stritch as her mother. From 2000 to 2002, Burstyn appeared in the CBS television drama “That’s Life.” In 2006, she starred as a bishop in the controversial NBC comedy-drama “The Book of Daniel. Burstyn last appeared in “The Fountain.”