Birth Date: December 7, 1932 / Age: 81
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Also Credited as: Ellen McRea / Ellen MacRae
Biography: Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932 as Edna Rae Gilhooley in Detroit, Michigan) is an Irish-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."
Burstyn received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1972 for the film The Last Picture Show. She subsequently won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1974 for her performance in the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and was nominated for Best Actress in 1973 for the horror movie The Exorcist, in 1978 for Same Time, Next Year, and in 1980 for Resurrection. She also received an Oscar nomination for her role as Sara Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream in 2000. From 2000 to 2002 she appeared the CBS television drama That's Life.
Ellen Burstyn served as president of the Actors' Equity Association between 1982 and 1985.
In 1997, she was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
In 2000 she was, along with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel, named co-president of The Actor's Studio.