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ELLEN BURSTYN (Vivi) was most recently nominated for an Academy Award
as Best Actress for her stirring performance in Requiem for a Dream.
Burstyn's breakthrough role was in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last
Picture Show, which earned her the New York and National Film Critics'
Awards in addition to Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. She went on
to give memorable performances in Bob Rafelson's The King of Marvin
Gardens and William Friedkin's The Exorcist, which brought her
Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.
In 1975, Burstyn became the first actress in history to win an Academy
Award and a Tony Award in the same year when she was recognized for her roles
in the film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and the play Same Time
Next Year. She also received Britain's BAFTA Award for Alice Doesn't
Live Here Anymore.
Burstyn earned praise and two more Oscar nominations for her work in the
1978 film adaptation of Same Time Next Year and 1980's Resurrection
and won a Golden Globe Award for Same Time Next Year. Other film
credits include Tropic of Cancer, The Cemetery Club, Harry &
Tonto, The Spitfire Grill, How to Make an American Quilt and The
Yards. She recently starred in the CBS television series That's Life.
During the 1980s, Burstyn acted in numerous television movies and earned
Emmy nominations for The People vs. Jean Harris and Pack of Lies.
In 1986, she headlined her own series, The Ellen Burstyn Show. Other
television credits include My Brother's Keeper, Trick of the Eye
and the Lifetime Television film, Within these Walls, co-starring Laura
Dern, for which she also served as executive producer.
Among her Broadway credits are 84 Charing Cross Road, Shirley
Valentine and Sacrilege. She recently starred in Long Day's
Journey Into Night at the Hartford Stage. Burstyn was the first woman
president of Actor's Equity, the actor's union, in 1982, and in June,
2000, she became co-president of the legendary Actors Studio, sharing
leadership duties with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel.
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