Ten fun facts about Ellen Burstyn


Fact 1
Ellen Burstyn was named Edna Rae Gillooly at birth in 1932.

Fact 2
Ellen is best known for her role as the mother in the film “The Exorcist”. Her presence in this film made her a household name.

Fact 3
The actress won an Oscar award for the role she played in movie “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, which was directed by Martin Scorsese.


Fact 4
Ellen was a dancer on the Jackie Gleason television show during the 50s. This was her first big break as a performer and she worked under the name of Erica Dean.

Fact 5
In 1957 young Ellen worked on Broadway under the name of Ellen McRae. She continued to use the name Ellen McRae for the next decade.

Fact 6
She once acted on the television soap opera The Doctors in 1964.

Fact 7
From 1966 to 1968 the performer had a steady role in the television series The Iron Horse.

Fact 8
Ellen Burstyn received her first Academy Award nomination for her work on The Last Picture Show in 1971. This movie costarred Jeff Bridges and Cybil Sheppard, and is considered to be Ellen’s breakthrough role.

Fact 9
Ellen won a Tony award in 1975 for her role in “Same Time Next Year.

Fact 10
She is one of the very few actresses to have earned the much acclaimed Triple Crown of Acting.


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