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Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She attended Rochelle Township High School where she was ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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She starred in the stage productions of "Waiting for the Parade", John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men", "Balm in Gilead" and Sir George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man" at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Illinois. See more »

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Acting gave me the opportunity to do outrageous things. It allowed me to be sad, happy, angry and lustful, even if it was just vicariously. See more »


Studied acting at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston under Glendon Gabbard. See more »

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