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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 32 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 The Tale (post-production)
 2016 Custody
Beatrice Fisher
 2016 Wiener-Dog
 2015 Mom (TV Series)
 2015 About Scout
 2014 The Calling
Emily Micallef
 2014 When Marnie Was There
Nan (English version, voice)
 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/I Draft Day
Barb Weaver
 2014 River of Fundament
 2014 Two Men in Town
Garnett's mother
 2014 Flowers in the Attic (TV Movie)
 2014 Old Soul (TV Movie)
 2013 Wish You Well
Louisa Mae Cardinal
 2012 Coma (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Emerson
- Part Two (2012) ... Mrs. Emerson
- Part One (2012) ... Mrs. Emerson
 2009 The Mighty Macs
Mother St. John
 2009 The Velveteen Rabbit
Swan (voice)
 2009 Possible Side Effects (TV Movie)
 2008/I W.
Barbara Bush
 2008 Lovely, Still
Mary Malone
 2007 Mitch Albom's For One More Day (TV Movie)
Pauline (Posey) Benetto
 2006/I 30 Days
 2006 The Elephant King
Diana Hunt
 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)
 2002 Red Dragon
Grandma Dolarhyde (voice, uncredited)
 2002 Distance (Short)
Voice Over
 2001 Within These Walls (TV Movie)
Joan Thomas
 2001 Dodson's Journey (TV Movie)
 2000 Mermaid (TV Movie)
 2000 The Yards
Val Handler
 1999 You Can Thank Me Later
Shirley Cooperberg
 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 Deceiver
 1997 A Deadly Vision (TV Movie)
Yvette Watson
 1996 Cross the Line
Mary Davis
 1996 Timepiece (TV Movie)
Maud Gannon
 1996 Our Son, the Matchmaker (TV Movie)
Iva Mae Longwell
 1995 The Baby-Sitters Club
Emily Haberman
 1995 Follow the River (TV Movie)
 1995 My Brother's Keeper (TV Movie)
 1995 Roommates
 1994 The Color of Evening
Kate O'Rielly
 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
 1993 The Cemetery Club
Esther Moskowitz
 1991 Grand Isle
Mademoiselle Reisz
 1991 Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love (TV Movie)
Lillian 'Lil' Lambert
 1990 When You Remember Me (TV Movie)
Nurse Cooder
 1988 Hanna's War
 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 Twice in a Lifetime
Kate MacKenzie
 1985 Surviving (TV Movie)
Tina Brogan
 1984 The Ambassador
Alex Hacker
 1981 Silence of the North
Olive Frederickson
 1978 A Dream of Passion
Brenda Collins
 1974 Harry and Tonto
 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)
 1970 Alex in Wonderland
Beth Morrison
 1970 Tropic of Cancer
Mona Miller (uncredited)
 1969 Pit Stop
Ellen McLeod (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 McRae)
 1964 Goodbye Charlie
Franny Saltzmann (as Ellen McRae)
 1964 For Those Who Think Young
Dr. Pauline Swenson (as Ellen McRae)
 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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Other Works:

(2/03) Stage: Appeared (as "Lucy Marsden") in "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" by Martin Tahse, adapted from the novel by 'Allan Gurganus' (Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA). See more »

Publicity Listings:

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


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Personal Quote:

"I thought it was fabulous. My next ambition is to get nominated for seven seconds, and, ultimately, I want to be nominated for a picture in which I don't even appear." Interview with Associated Press Radio, 2004, regarding her Emmy nomination for her performance in Mrs. Harris, in which she appeared for 14 seconds. See more »


Is an ordained minister. See more »


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