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  • honorary doctorate degrees
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Ken Hall | Gallery Report
acn.liveauctioneers.com, 30 Mar 2012 [cached]
In the 1960s, Burstyn appeared on many TV shows including The Doctors, Perry Mason and Doctor Kildare. Her big break came in 1971, when she was cast as Cybill Shepherd's mother in the critically acclaimed movie The Last Picture Show, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for best supporting actress. She then starred in a long string of successful movies, including The Exorcist, Resurrection and Requiem for a Dream.
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Burstyn was the first woman elected president of the Actors Equity Association (1982-85) and serves as artistic director of the famed Actors Studio, where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She continues to be active there as co-president, with fellow actors Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. She holds four honorary doctorate degrees and lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics. She added best-selling author to her resume in 2006 with the publication of her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself (Riverhead Press). She just finished a remake of the movie Coma, in Atlanta (it will be aired sometime this spring as a two-part miniseries on the A&E network) and is busy writing a screenplay and compiling a book of her photography, which will be accompanied by her favorite poetry.
Ellen-Burstyn.com - Biography and Filmography
www.ellen-burstyn.com, 29 Jan 2003 [cached]
It was after marrying her third husband, actor Neil Burstyn, that she adopted the name most familiar to audiences, and was so billed in 1969's film adaptation of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer.
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Burstyn next appeared opposite Jack Nicholson in Bob Rafelson's acclaimed The King of Marvin Gardens before starring in William Friedkin's 1973 horror hit The Exorcist, a performance which earned her a Best Actress nomination.
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However, it was 1974's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore which truly launched Burstyn to stardom.Warner Bros. had purchased the screenplay at her insistence two years earlier, but her efforts to bring it to the screen were met with considerable resistance.Her first choice for director was Francis Ford Coppola, who declined, but he suggested she approach Martin Scorsese.
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However, upon wrapping up her theatrical run, Burstyn was not besieged by the offers so many expected her to receive.In fact, she did not appear onscreen for three years, finally resurfacing in Alain Resnais' Providence.
The film was not a success, nor was 1978's Jules Dassin-helmed A Dream of Passion.With co-star Alan Alda, Burstyn reprised her Broadway performance in a 1978 feature version of Same Time, Next Year, but it too failed to meet expectations, although she was again Oscar-nominated.After a two-year hiatus, she starred in Resurrection, followed in 1981 by Silence of the North, which went directly to cable television.For the networks, she starred in 1981's The People vs.
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After 1984's The Ambassador, Burstyn co-starred in the following year's Twice in a Lifetime, which was to be her last feature film for some years.She instead turned almost exclusively to television, appearing in a series of TV movies and starring in a disastrously short-lived 1986 sitcom, The Ellen Burstyn Show.Finally, in 1988, she returned to cinemas in Hanna's War, followed three years later by Dying Young.Other notable projects of the decade included 1995's How to Make an American Quilt, The Spitfire Grill (1996), and the 1998 ensemble drama Playing by Heart, in which she played the mother of a young man dying of AIDS.If her success and talents had eluded younger audiences for the past decade all of that would change with Burstyn's role as the delusional mother of a herion addict in Darren Aranofsky's grim addiction drama Requiem for a Dream.An adaptation of Hubert Selby, Jr.'s novel of the same name, Burstyn's heartbreaking performance as an abandoned mother whose dreams come shattering down around proved an Oscar nominated performance.
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Subsequently appearing in such made-for-television dramas as Dodson's Journey and Within These Walls (both 2001) and such films as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Cross the Line (both 2002), Burstyn was soon gearing up to reteam with Aranofsky for the time travel fantasy thriller The Fountain. -- Jason Ankeny
The Celebrity Collector: Ellen Burstyn
www.go-star.com, 1 Mar 2012 [cached]
In the 1960s, Burstyn appeared on many TV shows including The Doctors, Perry Mason and Doctor Kildare. Her big break came in 1971, when she was cast as Cybill Shepherd's mother in the critically acclaimed movie The Last Picture Show, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for best supporting actress. She then starred in a long string of successful movies, including The Exorcist, Resurrection and Requiem for a Dream.
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Burstyn was the first woman elected president of the Actors Equity Association (1982-85) and serves as artistic director of the famed Actors Studio, where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She continues to be active there as co-president with fellow actors Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. She holds four honorary doctorate degrees and lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics. She added best-selling author to her resume in 2006 with the publication of her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself (Riverhead Press). She just finished a re-make of the movie, Coma, in Atlanta (it will be aired sometime this spring as a two-part mini-series on the A&E network) and is busy writing a screenplay and compiling a book of her photography, which will be accompanied by her favorite poetry.
Ellen Burstyn - Metro Article
www.ellenburstyn.net, 20 Nov 2006 [cached]
Her steady rise to the fame in that arena in the early 1970s is juxtaposed with her account of her stormy third marriage, to actor Neil Burstyn, which ended in divorce in 1971. He would commit suicide seven years later. Burstyn found solace in the Sufi religion, her search for inner peace taking her to such places as the Swiss Alps and India's Ganges River.
Neil Burstyn ...
romanian.imdb.com, 7 Dec 2008 [cached]
Neil Burstyn
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The result is that Burstyn won the Oscar for her performance in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).
Burstyn was not able to attend the 1975 Academy Awards Ceremony, thus couldn't accept her Best Actress Oscar for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).
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Her third (and last) husband, Neil Burstyn was a bright, talented upcoming actor and writer ("The Monkees").
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