Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932, as Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.) is an Academy Award-winning American actress.
Because her parents divorced when she was young, Ellen says she only remembers seeing her father one time when she was away at boarding school. At 19 years old, Ellen says she sought out her father, hoping to establish a relationship with him. "I arrived on his doorstep and … he didn't consider me a daughter, he considered me a hot babe. So that ended that relationship," she says. "What happens is that you go on trying to look for a father all of your life until the day comes when you realize I have to father myself." She referred to her mother as tough, violent and controlling. In 1960, after two failed marriages, Ellen fell in love with actor Neil Burstyn. Ellen said he was charming, funny, bright, talented and eccentric. Then he degenerated into mental illness and became schizophrenic and violent. Neil left Ellen just before she became one the most...
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The Fountain is a 2006 science fiction/fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky that follows three interwoven narratives that take place in the age of conquistadors, the modern-day period, and the far future. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, whose characters' romance exists in all three time periods. The Fountain explores the themes of love and mortality, drawing influences from Mayan mythology. The film is framed with visual language by using transition scenes, light, and shapes.
Originally to be filmed in 2002 on a budget of $70 million with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the lead, The Fountain shut down production as a result of Pitt's departure. Aronofsky was able to resurrect the project in 2005 with half the budget. The director incorporated visual effects into The Fountain by using minimal computer-generated imagery. He reduced the use of computers by using inexpensive footage provided by a macro-photographer. The Fountain was commercially released in the United...,
The Wicker Man is a 2006 remake of the 1973 British film of the same title. It was written and directed by Neil LaBute, and stars Nicolas Cage, and Ellen Burstyn. The plot roughly follows the same outline as the original film, though there are several differences (see below).
Edward Malus (Cage), an American police officer, receives news from his ex-fiancée Willow that her daughter Rowan (Erika-Shaye Gair) is missing. He persuades a seaplane pilot to take him to the mysterious Summersisle. He inquires about Rowan, but no one gives him a satisfactory answer about her. He also sees a man carrying a large bag dripping with a dark red liquid, but he cannot ascertain the bag's contents.
Visiting a café run by Sister Beech (Diane Delano), he continues his inquiries and it is revealed that he is allergic to bee stings. A few minutes later he meets Willow, who advises him not to believe the other islanders' answers about Rowan, and that they regard her (Willow) with suspicion.
Requiem for a Dream is a critically-acclaimed 2000 film adaptation of a 1978 novel of the same name. The novel was written by Hubert Selby, Jr.. The film adaptation was directed by Darren Aronofsky, and starred Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2000 for her role.
The film depicts different forms of addiction, leading to the characters' imprisonment in a dream world of delusion and reckless desperation, which is then overtaken and devastated by reality.
The story's main characters are mother and son, Sara (Burstyn) and Harry Goldfarb (Leto), Harry's girlfriend Marion Silver (Connelly), and Harry's friend Tyrone C. Love (Wayans). The novel and the movie both deliberately move through three phases: summer, fall and winter.
The story begins in summer with Sara. Sara is an elderly widow who lives alone in an apartment in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, spending all day in front of her television...,
The Yards is a crime thriller/drama with Mark Wahlberg, James Caan, Joaquin Phoenix, and Charlize Theron, written and directed by James Gray. It was released in the fall of 2000, although it was shot in the spring and summer of 1998 and first due for release in fall 1999, this due to studio delays.The setting and plot is in the commuter rail yards in the outskirts of New York City, in the boroughs of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Corporate and political corruption is commonplace in "the yards", where contractors repair railway cars for the city Transit Authority (TA). Companies willing to win the bid sabotage rival companies' work the win the contracts. Murder and bribes toward officials are common.Leo Handler (Wahlberg) has just been released from prison for a car theft he didn't commit. Looking for a job, he finds his uncle Frank Olchin (Caan) who runs a railway car repair company. Joining on the job, he works with Willie (Phoenix). One night, a night heist goes bad on a rival...
Among the characters are a mature couple about to renew their vows (Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands); an anti-social woman (Gillian Anderson) who accepts a date offer from a stranger (Jon Stewart); a man dying of AIDS (Jay Mohr) and his mother (Ellen Burstyn) who has struggled to accept him; two clubbers who meet in a nightclub (Ryan Phillippe and Angelina Jolie); a couple having an affair (Anthony Edwards and Madeleine Stowe) and a man (Dennis Quaid) who tells his tragic life story to a woman he meets in a bar (Patricia Clarkson), but seems to have a strange connection to a mysterious black woman. As the film continues and the stories evolve, the connections between the characters - both literal and subtextual - become evident. Kellie Waymire, Nastassja Kinski and Amanda Peet also have roles in the film.
Jolie won an award for "Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress" from the National Board of Review, USA, and writer/director Willard Carroll was nominated for an award at the ...
How to Make an American Quilt is a 1995 movie which was directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and stars Winona Ryder. It is based on a novel of the same name by Whitney Otto.
The story centers on the stories of several women in a quilting bee as they construct a quilt as a wedding gift for a members' granddaughter. Finn Dodd (Winona Ryder) is a graduate student working on her master's thesis while planning her upcoming marriage. While at home she hears the stories the women have to offer which leads her to think about her life and where it is headed.Main character. She goes to spend time with her great aunt and grandmother along with their quilting group so that she can finish her thesis (which she has changed three times) following a proposal from her boyfriend whom she lives with.
Once a diver, she had dreams of leaving the town she lived in (and her mother) when she met a boy while diving at the local pool, romance ensues. After three children her now husband (a geologist) leaves them...,
Dying Young is a 1991 film, directed by Joel Schumacher. It is based on a novel of the same name by Marti Leimbach, and stars Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott with Vincent D'Onofrio, Colleen Dewhurst and Ellen Burstyn.
Dying Young is a drama that presents themes such as the evolution of the universal yearning for intimacy. Hilary O'Neil (Julia Roberts) is a pretty, outgoing yet cautious young woman who has had little luck in work or love. Victor Gettes (Campbell Scott) is a well-educated, rich, and shy 28 year-old. As the film progresses, it is shown that Victor's health is worsening progressively, due to lukemia. Much to the dismay of his businessman father, Victor hires Hilary to be his live-in caretaker while he undergoes a traumatic course of chemotherapy treatment.
At first, Hilary wants to flee from this close encounter with terminal illness, and the all too true realities of impending death, but when something clicks inside her, she becomes actively involved with helping Victor...
When You Remember Me is a 1990 fact-based story of Mike Mills, a teen with muscular dystrophy, who is placed in a state nursing home by his destitute single mother. There he must contend with being the only young person in the clinic and with an abusive head nurse....
Silence of the North is a 1981 Canadian film starring Tom Skerritt, Gordon Pinsent, and Ellen Burstyn. The three main actors were nominated for Genie Awards, as was the director, Allan King....,
Resurrection is a 1980 film which tells the story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. It stars Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom and Eva LeGallienne.
The movie was written by Lewis John Carlino and directed by Daniel Petrie.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Eva LeGallienne).
The movie contains the acting debut of Tracy E. Wilson, real-life elder sister of Bridgette Wilson.
As of this writing in 2006, the movie has yet to be released on the DVD format.
Same Time, Next Year is a play by Bernard Slade which tells the story of a couple, married to others, who develop a relationship in which they meet each year at a country inn and spend a weekend together. The relationship evolves into emotional intimacy over the course of 25 years, and they become much more than clandestine lovers. Though they only meet once a year, they become important parts of one another's lives.
The show had a London production at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1976.
In 1978 it was made into a film starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. The movie was adapted by Bernard Slade from his play, and was directed by Robert Mulligan. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn), Best Cinematography, Best Music, Song (Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman for "The Last Time I Felt Like This") and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
Exteriors for the film were shot at the Heritage House Inn,...
Providence is a French/Swiss 1977 film directed by Alain Resnais and starring Dirk Bogarde, David Warner, Ellen Burstyn, and John Gielgud.
Over a drunken, tormented night, dying writer Clive Langham (Gielgud) struggles with the plot of a novel. The characters are based on Langham's own family, who are depicted as spiteful, treacherous decadents. Langham makes these people interact in a variety of settings - courtrooms, mortuaries, werewolf-haunted forests. Although it is obvious that the writer's perceptions are distorted by bitterness and guilt, the extent of this is not made clear until the end, when the "real" family members come to Langham's house to celebrate his birthday.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is an Academy Award winning 1974 film which tells the story of a widow who moves with her young son to Tucson, Arizona to start her life over again, and finds a job working at a diner. It stars Ellen Burstyn, Alfred Lutter III, Billy Green Bush, Harvey Keitel, Diane Ladd, Vic Tayback, Valerie Curtin, Kris Kristofferson and Jodie Foster. The movie was written by Robert Getchell and directed by Martin Scorsese.
In an interview for the program The Directors on ReelzChannel, Scorsese said he took the job because he wanted to dispel the notion that he was only good at directing male leads.
In one scene, Flo wears a lacy silver cross around her neck, and reveals to Alice that it is actually made of safety pins, saying "it keeps me together". In the DVD commentary, Diane Ladd says that a waitress in Tucson made the necklace for her for ten dollars.
The film features an early appearance by actress Laura Dern, the daughter of Diane Ladd, who can be seen in the...,
The Exorcist is an Academy Award-winning 1973 American horror and thriller film, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by several priests. The film features Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb and Jason Miller. Both the film and novel took inspirations from a documented exorcism in 1949, performed on a 12 year old boy.
The film became one of the most profitable horror films of all time and has had significant impact on viewers, grossing $402,500,000 worldwide. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations—winning two, one for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist marries three different scenarios into one plot.
The movie starts with Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow) on an archaeological dig near Nineveh. He...,
The King of Marvin Gardens is a 1972 American crime-drama film. It stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Scatman Crothers. It is one of several collaborations between Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson.A Philadelphia disc-jockey visits his beloved fly-by-night brother in Atlantic City and finds that he has elaborate plans to rip off a mobster....,
The Last Picture Show is a 1971 film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from a 1966 novel by Larry McMurtry.Set in the semi-fictitious town of Anarene, Texas in the early 1950s (November 1951 - November 1952), it is about the coming of age of two young men, best friends Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges).Cybill Shepherd, making her screen debut, plays Duane's girlfriend Jacy Farrow, and their friend and mentor Sam the Lion, owner of the town's only movie theater, is played by Ben Johnson. The movie also features Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Sharon Ullrick, Randy Quaid and John Hillerman.The screenplay was adapted by James Lee Barrett, Peter Bogdanovich, Larry McMurtry and Polly Platt (uncredited) from the novel of the same name by McMurtry. It was the first successful film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, who had already built a reputation as a film critic. It was filmed in black and white by cinematographer,
Ellen Burstyn was born