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Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School, she went to Texas... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

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Interstellar Murph (older)
Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb
The Exorcist
The Exorcist Chris MacNeil
The Fountain
The Fountain Dr. Lillian Guzetti


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 2015 Mom (TV Series)
 2014 Louie (TV Series)
- Elevator: Part 6 (2014) ... Evanka
- Elevator: Part 5 (2014) ... Evanka
- Elevator: Part 3 (2014) ... Evanka
- Elevator: Part 2 (2014) ... Evanka
- Elevator: Part 1 (2014) ... Evanka
 2014 Flowers in the Attic (TV Movie)
 2014 Old Soul (TV Movie)
 2012 Coma (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Emerson
- Part Two (2012) ... Mrs. Emerson
- Part One (2012) ... Mrs. Emerson
 2009 Possible Side Effects (TV Movie)
 2007 Mitch Albom's For One More Day (TV Movie)
Pauline (Posey) Benetto
 2005 Mrs. Harris (TV Movie)
Former Tarnower Steady
 2005 Our Fathers (TV Movie)
Mary Ryan
 2004 The Five People You Meet in Heaven (TV Movie)
 2003 Brush with Fate (TV Movie)
 2001 Within These Walls (TV Movie)
Joan Thomas
 2001 Dodson's Journey (TV Movie)
 2000 Mermaid (TV Movie)
 1999 Night Ride Home (TV Movie)
 1998 A Will of Their Own (TV Mini-Series)
Veronica Steward
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Veronica Steward
 1998 The Patron Saint of Liars (TV Movie)
June Clatterbuck
 1997 Flash (TV Movie)
Laura Strong
 1997 A Deadly Vision (TV Movie)
Yvette Watson
 1996 Timepiece (TV Movie)
Maud Gannon
 1996 Our Son, the Matchmaker (TV Movie)
Iva Mae Longwell
 1995 Follow the River (TV Movie)
 1995 My Brother's Keeper (TV Movie)
 1994 Trick of the Eye (TV Movie)
Frances Griffin
 1994 Getting Gotti (TV Movie)
Jo Giacalone
 1994 Getting Out (TV Movie)
Arlie's Mother
 1993 Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story (TV Movie)
Joan Delvecchio
 1991 Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love (TV Movie)
Lillian 'Lil' Lambert
 1990 When You Remember Me (TV Movie)
Nurse Cooder
 1987 Look Away (TV Movie)
Mary Todd Lincoln
 1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (TV Movie documentary)
Mrs. Stocks (voice)
 1987 Pack of Lies (TV Movie)
Barbara Jackson
 1986 Something in Common (TV Movie)
Lynn Hollander
 1985 Into Thin Air (TV Movie)
Joan Walker
 1985 Surviving (TV Movie)
Tina Brogan
 1974 Thursday's Game (TV Movie)
Lynne Evers
 1972 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series)
Rachel Lambert
- Lisa, I Hardly Knew You (1972) ... Rachel Lambert
 1962-1971 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Amy Waters / Polly Mims
- Waste: Part 2 (1971) ... Amy Waters
- Waste: Part 1 (1971) ... Amy Waters
- Wagon Girls (1962) ... Polly Mims (as Ellen McRae)
 1969 The Virginian (TV Series)
Kate Burden
- Last Grave at Socorro Creek (1969) ... Kate Burden (as Ellen MacRae)
 1968 Insight (TV Series)
- All the Things I've Never Liked (1968) ... Janet (as Ellen McRae)
 1967-1968 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Julie Parsons
- Dry Run to Glory (1968) ... Julie Parsons (as Ellen McRae)
- T Is for Traitor (1967) ... Julie Parsons (as Ellen McRae)
- Six Hours to Sky High (1967) ... Julie Parsons (as Ellen McRae)
- The Return of Hode Avery (1967) ... Julie Parsons (as Ellen McRae)
- Leopards Try, But Leopards Can't (1967) ... Julie Parsons (as Ellen McRae)
 1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Sister Jacob / Sarah
- Days of Grace (1967) ... Sister Jacob / Sarah (as Ellen McRae)
 1966 The Time Tunnel (TV Series)
Eve Holland
- Crack of Doom (1966) ... Eve Holland (as Ellen McRae)
 1965 The Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. Kate Bartok
- Episode #1.600 (1965) ... Dr. Kate Bartok (as Ellen McRae)
- Episode #1.598 (1965) ... Dr. Kate Bartok (as Ellen McRae)
- Episode #1.596 (1965) ... Dr. Kate Bartok (as Ellen McRae)
- Episode #1.594 (1965) ... Dr. Kate Bartok (as Ellen McRae)
- Episode #1.573 (1965) ... Dr. Kate Bartok (as Ellen McRae)
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Maria Haviland
- Seized, Confined and Detained (1965) ... Maria Haviland (as Ellen Mc Rae)
 1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
- Hastings Cut-off (1964) ... Jenny (as Ellen McRae)
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Susan Mason
- Big Man from Nairobi (1964) ... Susan Mason (as Ellen MacRae)
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Eva Laurelton
- Runaway (1964) ... Eva Laurelton (as Ellen McRae)
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Barbara Sherwood / Lucille Benton
- The Deep End (1964) ... Barbara Sherwood / Lucille Benton (as Ellen McRae)
 1963 The Big Brain (TV Movie)
Ellen (as Ellen McRae)
 1963 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Big Brain ... Ellen (as Ellen McRae)
 1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Margaret Whitlow
- The Jim Whitlow Story (1963) ... Margaret Whitlow (as Ellen McRae)
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
- Hear No Evil (1963) ... Louise (as Ellen McRae)
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Hilda Wesley
- The Heathen (1963) ... Hilda Wesley (as Ellen MacRae)
 1961-1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Sandra Keene / Betty Benson
- Dial 'S' for Spencer (1963) ... Sandra Keene (as Ellen McRae)
- The Navy Caper (1961) ... Betty Benson (as Ellen McRae)
 1963 Laramie (TV Series)
- No Place to Run (1963) ... Amy (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Dorothy Carter
- The Girl Veterinarian (1962) ... Dorothy Carter (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Mona Winthrope White
- The Case of the Dodging Domino (1962) ... Mona Winthrope White (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
Donna Whittaker
- A Splinter Off the Old Block (1962) ... Donna Whittaker (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (TV Series)
- Harry, the Father Image (1962) ... Joan (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Connie / Dr. Leslie Fraser
- In the Name of Love, a Small Corruption (1962) ... Connie (as Ellen McRae)
- Preferably, the Less-Used Arm (1962) ... Dr. Leslie Fraser (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Greta Dryden
- Cry Ruin (1962) ... Greta Dryden (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
- The Bold and the Tough (1962) ... Margo (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 The Detectives (TV Series)
Nora Carver
- The Walls Have Eyes (1962) ... Nora Carver (as Ellen McRae)
 1962 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Phyllis Dunning
- Cry to Heaven (1962) ... Phyllis Dunning (as Ellen McRae)
 1961 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Emmy Mae
- Day's Pay (1961) ... Emmy Mae (as Ellen McRae)
 1961 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Anne Garner
- Second Chance (1961) ... Anne Garner (as Ellen McRae)
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Rose Maxon
- Ricochet (1961) ... Rose Maxon (as Ellen McRae)
 1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Wandra Drake
- Double Image (1961) ... Wandra Drake (as Ellen McRae)
 1961 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Ann Walters
- Woodlot (1961) ... Ann Walters (as Ellen McRae)
 1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
- Strike Out (1961) ... Carol (as Ellen McRae)
 1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- Arrowsmith (1960) ... (as Ellen McRae)
 1958 The Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
Elizabeth (as Ellen McRae)
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Trick or Treat (1958) ... Linda (as Ellen McRae)
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Stage: Appeared in "Shimada" on Broadway. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ellen MacRae | Ellen McRae | Ellen Mc Rae


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Personal Quote:

[on preparing to undertake a complex role] You have hold of a string that you're following, and you're following where this question leads to that question, and it keeps on going until you come to some specific understanding of this human being - as opposed to every other human being in the world. See more »


Godmother of her The Spitfire Grill (1996) co-star, Marcia Gay Harden,'s children. See more »


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