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Three-time Oscar® nominee JOAN ALLEN (Hennessey) is one of the film world's busiest actresses.

Allen was most recently seen in the box-office smash reprising her role as Pamela Landy in The Bourne Ultimatum, opposite Matt Damon. In 2007, she was also seen in Bonneville, alongside Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates. Before that, she appeared in Yes, a modern-day, cross-cultural love story for writer/director Sally Potter. In 2005, Allen starred opposite Kevin Costner in The Upside of Anger for director/writer Mike Binder and in Off the Map, directed by Campbell Scott. In 2004, she was seen in the blockbuster The Bourne Supremacy and in the same year in The Notebook. Allen completed Hachiko: A Dog's Story, alongside Richard Gere, which is due to be released this winter. Allen starred in The Contender, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, an Independent Spirit Award and an Academy Award® for Best Actress.

Allen starred in Pleasantville, opposite William H. Macy and Jeff Daniels, which earned her several critics' awards. Her role opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the smash-hit film Face/Off earned her critical kudos as well as Blockbuster and MTV Movie Awards. Her emotionally devastating role in The Ice Storm, opposite Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver, also earned her several critics' awards.

In 1996, Allen starred in Oliver Stone's Nixon, for which she received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also won seven critics association awards, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Allen received her second consecutive Best Supporting Actress Oscar® nomination in 1997 for her role in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Allen has appeared in numerous feature films including Compromising Positions, Peggy Sue Got Married, Manhunter, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Ethan Frome, Josh and S.A.M., In Country, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Mad Love, All the Rage and When the Sky Falls.

Allen is also one of the New York theater world's most honored actresses and winner of every major prize for her work on and off-Broadway. She received the Best Actress Tony Award for her performance opposite John Malkovich in Lanford Wilson's Burn This, and was nominated in the same category for the title role in The Heidi Chronicles. Off-Broadway, she starred in The Marriage of Bette and Boo (for which she won an Obie Award), and reprised her Steppenwolf Theatre/Joseph Jefferson Award-winning role in And a Nightingale Sang, for which she received Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. Off-Broadway, she also starred in Delores and The Heidi Chronicles. An original member of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Allen starred in their production of Burn This, Earthly Possessions, Reckless, A Lesson from Aloes (Joseph Jefferson Award), Balm in Gilead and Of Mice and Men. Allen will next star opposite Jeremy Irons in the upcoming Jack O'Brien play Impressionism, which will debut in Spring 2009. This will be her first time back on Broadway in 19 years.

Allen received an Emmy nomination for TNT's The Mists of Avalon, opposite Anjelica Huston and Julianna Margulies.

She lives in New York City with her daughter Sadie.

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