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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 15 December 1963Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Perky actress and producer Ellie Cornell was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA on December 15, 1963. After graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in 1986, Cornell had a small guest appearance in a 1988 episode of Thirtysomething (1987). The same year, she played an assertive reporter in the Oscar-nominated comedy movie Married to the Mob (1988).

Cornell's best-known role also came about in 1988 when she auditioned for parts in two horror films: lead girl Alice Johnson in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) and Rachel Carruthers, foster sister of Jamie Lloyd, in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), winning the latter. Halloween 4 grossed over three times its budget and Cornell reprised her role as Rachel in its sequel, Halloween 5 (1989). After appearing in episodes of TV shows ABC Afterschool Specials (1972) and Gabriel's Fire (1990), as well as the made-for-television movie Chips, the War Dog (1990), Cornell was set to appear in the comedy A League of Their Own (1992), but had to drop out after finding out she was pregnant.

After an eight-year break from the film industry, Cornell returned to executive produce and act in Free Enterprise (1998) and The Specials (2000). She played tough cop Jordan Casper in the critically-panned, video game-based zombie movie House of the Dead (2003) and its sequel, House of the Dead 2 (2005), and appeared in five more horror films in 2005 and 2006. Moreover, Cornell was in the pilot episode of The Event (2010) and played a detective in four episodes of the short-lived Femme Fatales (2011); she also tried a hand at directing Prank (2008) with Halloween 4 and 5 co-star Danielle Harris and horror actress Heather Langenkamp, which fell through, and was interviewed in the documentary Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006).

Cornell has been married to producer Mark Gottwald since 1990. They have two daughters, Grace and Rose. She and her husband also founded production company Mindfire Entertainment and own Ship's Inn, a restaurant in Massachusetts, together.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Mark Gottwald (1990 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, USA (Class of 1986).
Is a founder of Mindfire Entertainment.
During the famous rooftop scene in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Ellie accidentally slipped and her torso was cut by a large nail. Even after losing a large amount of blood, she went right back and finished the scene a few minutes later. Co-stars said, "It didn't even faze her."
Landed a role in A League of Their Own (1992) but had to back out after she learned she was pregnant.
Ellie took her daughter to see the semi-finals of American Idol (2002) and while waiting in line they approached Carrie Underwood for an autograph, who immediately recognized her and exclaimed "Oh, my God! You're in Halloween 4: Final Cut (2001)!" Ellie's daughter was extremely impressed.
Auditioned for the role of Alice in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) but lost the role to Lisa Wilcox that same year; both actresses auditioned to play Rachel in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Ellie ultimately won the roll.

Personal Quotes (5)

Acting was something I knew I wanted to do even before I started kindergarten. It just kept being a reoccurring theme throughout my school years; it became part of my personal identity. I was never, however, a musical comedy gal. I remember being in a one-person show in grade school called "The Last Flower" about being the last living thing on Earth; it felt so cutting edge at the time and was such a privilege to do something so enjoyable and seemingly edgy!
[on Halloween 5 (1989)] Obviously, what I took away from the Halloween experience was under Dwight H. Little's direction. I still get a kick of Rachel running through her yard in Halloween 5 wrapped in a towel, and getting Mr. Cornish to help her. I always think of Cornish Game Hens!
[on Donald Pleasence] Donald was a consummate pro, soft-spoken with a wonderful, quiet sense of humor, which you need during night shoots!
[on Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)] I thought Alan B. McElroy wrote a good, scary script. The screen test was such a thrill; I had to wait an unbearable weekend and on Monday they gave me the role of Rachel Carruthers. I had seen bits and pieces of Halloween (1978), which is a classic, but the plot line went astray in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).
I liked George P. Wilbur's Michael Myers because I kicked his butt for a while there! Don Shanks was a sweetie, especially during the death scene which was less than pleasant.

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