Burstyn says she's hoping for a Grammy

By KAREN BUTLER  |  Dec. 15, 2009 at 10:26 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Ellen Burstyn has an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony award but she says she feels the collection won't be complete until she wins a Grammy, as well.

"The last award I won was the Emmy and I thought: 'Well, that's very nice, I don't have an Emmy. I'm very happy to win an Emmy.' And the next day there was all this press about being a Triple Crown winner, and I thought, 'Wait a minute.' First of all, it sounds like a horse, and then I started to see all these lists of people, there are only 18 people that are Triple Crown winners. Then I heard there were two people that were Quadruple Crown winners, two actors who had won (Grammys) for the spoken word and I went, 'Well, now I need a Grammy; that's my next step,'" the 77-year-old actress told reporters in New York recently while promoting her new movie "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," which is based on a previously un-filmed screenplay by the late Tennessee Williams.

Burstyn said she is serious about pursuing the Grammy and is recording an audio version of an as-yet-untitled book she compiled.

"It's a book of my photographs accompanied by my favorite poems and a recording of the poems," she said.

Burstyn's film credits include "W.," "The Last Picture Show" and "The Exorcist."

She won her Oscar for "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," the Tony for "Same Time, Next Year" and the Emmy for a guest stint on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

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