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ELLEN BURSTYN (Dr. Lillian Guzetti) is one of the only actresses ever to have won both a Tony Award and an Academy Award in the same year. In 1975, she won a Tony for her performance in Bernard Slade's production of "Same Time, Next Year” on Broadway, and took home an Oscar for the title role in Martin Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.” For her work in that film, she also received a Golden Globe Award nomination and won a British Academy Award for Best Actress. Burstyn has also been honored with Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her work in "The Last Picture Show,” "The Exorcist,” "Same Time, Next Year,” "Resurrection,” and Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream.” In addition, she won an Independent Spirit Award and received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her performance in the last.

Burstyn's long list of film credits also includes "Alex in Wonderland,” "The King of Marvin Gardens,” "Harry and Tonto,” "Providence,” "Dream of Passion,” "Silence of the North,” "Twice in a Lifetime,” "Dying Young,” "The Cemetery Club,” "Roommates,” "How To Make An American Quilt,” "The Babysitter's Club,” "The Spitfire Grill,” "Playing By Heart,” "The Yards,” "Walking Across Egypt,” "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and Neil LaBute's remake of "The Wicker Man.”

Burstyn has also garnered three Emmy Award nominations for her work on television, the most recent coming this year for her work in the television movie "Mrs. Harris.” She received her first Emmy nod in 1981 for her performance in the title role of "The People vs. Jean Harris,” for which she was also Golden Globe-nominated. She gained a second Emmy nomination for her role in the 1987 Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Pack of Lies.”

A consummate stage actress, Burstyn appeared on Broadway in the 1982 production of "84 Charing Cross Road,” and off-Broadway in "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard,” in which she starred with Burgess Meredith. She starred in the acclaimed one-woman play "Shirley Valentine,” and then starred in the Broadway plays "Shimada,” in 1992, and "Sacrilege,” in 1995. In the mid-90s, she starred in two plays written by Horton Foote: "The Trip to Bountiful” and "The Death of Papa.” She also starred in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Days Journey Into Night,” at Houston's Alley Theatre and at Hartford Stage in Connecticut.

In the fall of 2003, Burstyn returned to Broadway in "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” presented at the Longacre Theater, where she had made her Broadway debut in 1957 in Sam Locke's "Fair Game.”

Burstyn was the first woman to be elected President of Actor's Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the Actors Studio for six years, where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She received the Career Achievement Award from the 2000 Boston Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the prestigious National Board of Review in 2001. In 1996, she was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Spoken Word category as the narrator of "Growing Old Along With Me, The Best Is Yet To Be.” She holds three honorary doctorates, one in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, a Doctor of Humane Letters, from Dowling College, as well as one from the New School for Social Research, where she teaches in the Actors Studio/New School M.F.A. program. Burstyn also lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics.

Burstyn recently completed her memoir, titled Lessons in Becoming Myself, which is being published by Riverhead Press.


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