Ellen Burstyn's illustrious acting career encompasses film, stage and television. In 1975 she became only the third woman in history to win both the Tony Award and the Academy Award in the same year, for Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore andher work in Same Time, Next Year on Broadway. Ellen has been nominated for an Academy Award five other times for The Last Picture Show (1972), The Exorcist (1974), Same Time, Next Year (1979), Resurrection (1981), and Requiem for a Dream (2000). She recently became a "triple crown winner" when she won her first Emmy for a guest appearance in "Law & Order: SVU" (2009), to add to her Oscar and Tony.
Ellen Burstyn has worked with some of film's most visionary directors from Martin Scorsese to Darren Aronofsky. In the last 45 years, she has appeared in such films as Goodbye, Charlie (1964), Pit Stop (1969), Tropic of Cancer (1970), Alex in Wonderland (1970), The Last Picture Show (1971), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972),The Exorcist (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Providence (1977), A Dream of Passion (1978), Same Time, Next Year (1978), Resurrection (1980), Silence of the North (1981), The Ambassador(1984), Twice in a Lifetime (1985), Hanna's War (1988), Dying Young (1991), Grand Isle (1991), The Cemetery Club(1993), The Color of Evening (1994), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), Roommates (1995), The Baby-Sitters Club (1995), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), The Spitfire Grill (1996), Deceiver (1997), You Can Thank Me Later (1998), Playing By Heart (1998), Walking Across Egypt (1999), The Yards (2000), Requiem for a Dream (2000),Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), The Elephant King (2006), The Wicker Man (2006), The Fountain(2006), The Stone Angel (2007) for which she won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in Canada, Oliver Stone's W (2008), The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008), According to Greta (2008), The Mighty Macs(2008), Lovely, Still (2008), Horton Foote's final screenplay Main Street (2009), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2010), and Sam Levinson's Another Happy Day (2010).
In television, Ellen won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance in Law & Order: SVU (2009), and received Emmy nominations for her title role in The People vs. Jean Harris (1981), her starring role in Pack of Lies(1987), a Hallmark Hall of Fame television production, and for HBO's Big Love (2008).