Ellen Burstyn - Updated Jul 2024

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Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn is an English-American actress and model. Ellen Burstyn is famous for her role in movies of the 1970s, including ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,’ ‘The Last Picture Show,’  and ‘The Exorcist’.

Early Life

American actress Lauren Cohan was born on December 7, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan, United States. She is 90 years old with American nationality. Her father’s name is John Austin Gillooly and her mother is Correine Marie.

She also possesses French, German, Native American, and Irish ancestry. Her parents got divorced when she was young. Then, she and her brothers lived with their mother and stepfather. She has two brothers Steve Gillooly and Jack Gillooly.

Besides that, no further information regarding her grandparents, relatives, cousins, and other family members is unavailable to date.


Regarding her educational background, She attended Cass Technical High School where she was the president of her junior class, a member of the student council, and a cheerleader. She gave up her school after failing in her senior year. Soon after, she got a job as a model in a department store.

Ellen Burstyn – Career

Talking about her career, in 1958 she was seen in an episode of ‘Kraft Television Theatre’. She had played many minor roles in several television programs such as  ‘The Loretta Young Show,’ ‘Surfside 6,’ ‘Ben Casey,’ ‘77 Sunset Strip,’ ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,’ and ‘The Doctors’.

From 1967 to 1968, she starred as Julie Parsons in ‘The Iron Horse,’ a Western TV series that was later released as the flick ‘Scalplock.’ However, she also appeared in the comedy movie ‘Alex in Wonderland’ and the drama film ‘Tropic of Cancer in 1970.

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Caption: Ellen Burstyn in the movie Exorcist source: Celebrity Land.

Similarly, in the following year, she played a lead role as Lois Farrow in the drama movie ‘The Last Picture Show’ for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1973, she appeared as Chris MacNeil in ‘The Exorcist,’ directed by William Friedkin and featuring Linda Blair, Jason Miller, and Max von Sydowwhich brought two award nominations for Burstyn.

Likewise, in 1974 she had the lead role in the comedy-drama film ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,’ playing the role of a widow who travels with her son across the country in search of a better life. In 1978, She appeared in the romantic film ‘Same Time, Next Year’ directed by Robert Mulligan.

More about her career

Moreover, in the year 1986, she starred in her television comedy series ‘The Ellen Burstyn Show’, and was also seen in the made-for-television film ‘Pack of Lies’. From 2000 to 2002, she appeared as Dolly DeLucca in the comedy-drama series ‘That’s Life’.

Similarly, in 2007 she starred in  HBO’s drama series ‘Big Love’, playing the role of the mother of polygamist Barbara Henrickson. Then, she starred in the 2015 movie ‘The Age of Adaline’. This was a successful movie earning $65.7 million worldwide on a total budget of $25 million.

Furthermore, In 2016, she played a lead role in the political thriller web TV series ‘House of Cards’. Soon after this, she appeared in the drama ‘The House of Tomorrow’ in 2017. Likewise, she was cast in the movies ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘The Tale’ in 2018, playing the roles of Helen Greer and Nettie respectively.

Ellen Burstyn – Net Worth 2024

Ellen Burstyn has earned a massive amount of money through her hard work and brilliance. Her estimated net worth is around $20 million in 2022.

Awards and Achievements

She won the Academy Award in 1975 for her performance in the movie ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ directed by Martin Scorsese. Likewise, she won the Tony Award for Same Time, Next Year. Then, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for her guest-starring role on Law and Order: SVU (2009).

Ellen Burstyn – Personal Life

Regarding her personal life, she is currently single. However, in 1950 she married Bill Alexander and divorced in 1957. After that, in 1958 she married Paul Roberts, with whom she adopted a son Jefferson in 1961. However, they divorced in the same year.

Later, she married actor Neil Nephew in 1964, who changed his name to Neil Burstyn. She explained Neil Burstyn as “pleasing and funny and bright and talented and strange”, but schizophrenia made him fierce and he finally left her. He tried to reconcile but they separated in 1972.

In her autobiography, Lessons in Becoming Myself, she told that he stalked her for six years after their separation and that he smashed into her house and raped her. However, in 1978 he committed suicide.

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Caption: Ellen Burstyn with her ex-husband Neil Burstyn source: www.whosdatedwho.com.

Body Measurements

Ellen Burstyn is very pretty and beautiful, undoubtedly. The actress has a perfect height and stands tall and her height is about 5 feet 6 inches (167cm/1.67m). Moreover, she has been highly working on her body weight and weighs about 68 kg.

In addition, she has body dimensions of 37-26-37 (chest, waist, hip) inches respectively. The pretty actress has Blue pairs of beautiful eyes and Blonde hair color.

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Caption: Ellen Burstyn posing for a photo source: Pinterest.

Social Media

Regarding her social media, she is active on her Twitter account @BurstynEllen, with 3,570 followers, and has 160 followers on Facebook.