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Joan Allen Biography

Birth Name:
Joan Allen
Birth Place:
Rochelle, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Began acting to overcome her shyness
  • Voted Most Likely to Succeed by her high-school class
  • In 1977, she was invited by John Malkovich to become a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Returns to her hometown every summer to help aspiring thespians

Awards

  • 2016Canadian Screen Awards-Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Made for Television Movie: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006London Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2005Iowa Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2005San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2001Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2001Critics' Choice Awards-Alan J. Pakula Award: winner
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2000Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1999Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1998Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1997Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1996Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1995National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1995Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1995Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1994Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner

Relationships

  • David Allen -- Brother
  • Sadie -- Daughter
  • Jeff Allen -- Father
  • Peter Friedman -- Husband (separated)
  • Dorothy Allen -- Mother
  • Lynn Allen -- Sister
  • Mary Allen -- Sister