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WAX2001031401 - 14 MARCH 2001 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA: Ellen Burstyn earned her sixth Oscar nomination for her performance in "Requiem for a Dream" as Sara Goldfarb, a housewife whose life spirals out of control when she becomes addicted o pills. Burstyn won the Oscar for best actress for Martin Scorsese's 1974 movie, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." She was born Edna Rae Gilhooley on Dec. 7, 1932. (To go with bc-us-oscars-burstyn by Pat Nason) cc/File Photo/Ezio Peterson UPI
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Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932) is an American actress, who has worked in film, stage and television.

Burstyn's acting career began in theatre during the late 1950s and over the next ten years she appeared in several films and television series before joining the Actors Studio in 1967. She achieved recognition for her supporting role in The Last Picture Show (1971) and the lead role in The Exorcist (1973), receiving Academy Award nominations for both performances. She won the Best Actress Oscar the following year for her work in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1973). In 1975 she won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway production of Same Time, Next Year, and received a Golden Globe Award and a fourth Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1978 film version.

She continued to work extensively during the 1980s and 1990s, and was acclaimed for her performance in the film Requiem for a Dream, for which she received several critic's awards.

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