Fast Facts

  • Was one of the Gleason Girls dancers on The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955.
  • Was the first woman president of Actors' Equity Association, serving from 1982 to '85.
  • Won a Tony in 1975 for her role in the Broadway production of Same Time, Next Year, and was nominated for an Oscar for the same role in the 1978 big-screen adaptation.
  • Was Emmy-nominated for the 1981 TV-movie The People vs. Jean Harris, in which she played the jealous lover who famously murdered "Scarsdale Diet" doctor Herman Tarnower. In 2005, she played another girlfriend of Tarnower's in Mrs. Harris, an HBO film about the same event, and earned an Emmy nomination despite only appearing on screen for 15 seconds.
  • Two years later, Emmy rules were changed to prevent a nomination for any performance of less than five percent of the project; the change was sometimes referred to as the "Ellen Burstyn Rule."
  • In 2009, became the 18th performer to win a Tony, Oscar and Emmy.
  • She was also nominated for an Emmy for her impressive performance as Barb's mother, Nancy, in HBO's acclaimed series, Big Love. She appeared on the drama occasionally from 2007 to 2011.

Awards

  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1971, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: Nominee
  • 1975, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Winner
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1982, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1975, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Winner

Relationships

  • Jefferson Burstyn — Son
  • Correine Gillooly — Mother
  • William Alexander — Ex-husband
  • Paul Roberts — Ex-husband
  • John Austin Gillooly — Father
  • Neil Burstyn — Ex-husband

Details

  • Birth Name: Edna Rae Gillooly
  • Birth Place: Detroit, MI
  • Birthday: December 7, 1932, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor, Model
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