Fast Facts

  • Worked as a waitress to pay for her education at Hunter College.
  • Studied acting for seven years before she had the courage to audition for a role.
  • Brother George Barkin is the former editor-in-chief of National Lampoon and High Times.
  • Met her second husband, Revlon mogul Ronald Perelman, at Vanity Fair's 1999 Oscar after party.
  • Made her Broadway debut in The Normal Heart in April 2011.


  • 2011, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner


  • Sam Levinson — Significant Other
  • Evelyn Barkin — Mother
  • Jack Daniel Byrne — Son
  • Romey Marion Byrne — Daughter
  • Ron Perelman — Ex-husband
  • Gabriel Byrne — Ex-husband
  • George Barkin — Brother


  • City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, NY; The Actor's Studio, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Ellen Barkin
  • Birth Place: Bronx, NY
  • Profession: Actor

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