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English Movie Actress Ellen Barkin
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Best known for her unconventional beauty and mesmerizing acting with an eclectic blend of choice of movies, Ellen Barkin was born on April 16, 1954, in the Bronx, New York Click to look into! >> Read More... , to a chemical salesman father and a hospital administer mother. Brought up in a small Jewish family in South Bronx and Queens, she got her early education at the Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts and went to Hunter College where she majored in both History and Drama. Finding herself in a dilemma as to whether become a history teacher or become an actress, she eventually chose the latter and went to the New York City's Actors Studio for her acting education. It is also noteworthy to mention that before her first audition ever, she had studied acting for roughly 7-10 years. While trying to find any suitable acting work, she used to work in a club as a waitress. Her first ever off-Broadway play was ‘Shout Across the River’ in 1979, and eventually went on to make her on stage debut in the 1980 play ‘Irish Coffee’ while continuing her theatre work and had her first Television project in the soap opera ‘Search For Tomorrow’. After she had worked both on stage and TV, Ellen made her Hollywood debut in the 1982 comedy ‘Diner’, where she starred opposite Mickey Rourke Mickey Rourke’s full name is Philip Andre Mickey R >> Read More... and Daniel Stern An American actor, director, and screenwriter, Dan >> Read More... . She was praised and got favourable reviews for her acting in the role of the neglected wife of an obsessive record collector. After that, despite her lack of experience, she was able to show off her talent in the audition in front of Bruce Beresford and was selected for the 1983 drama film ‘Tender Mercies’ where she played the role of a troubled daughter of Robert Duvall Robert Duvall is a veteran actor and filmmaker kno >> Read More... . Impressed by Barkin, Duvall said pointing out her beauty and youth, he went on to say that such an amazing blend of skills and attractiveness would only catapult in the Hollywood along with bigger stars and producers. In 1987, Ellen had a breakthrough role in the 1987 romantic thriller ‘The Big Easy’, playing a quirky girl alongside Daniel Quaid, which helped her to hold firmly ground in the industry and establishing her as a sex symbol and had a fan following after that. The same year, she would star in the supernatural thriller ‘Siesta’ opposite the Irish actor, Gabriel Byrne Gabriel Byrne is an Irish Film director and actor. >> Read More... , whom she would go on to marry in the same year itself.

The couple, however, divorced in 1999 and had a son and a daughter. Two years later, she starred opposite Al Pacino His movie “The Godfather” in 1972 was considered t >> Read More... in the 1989 thriller film ‘Sea of Love’ showing that she now didn’t need anyone to hold her back with many calling it as a vampy landmark performance of her career. The movie performed well at the box office and generated favourable reviews from the critics and fans. Roger Ebert at that time wrote for the Chicago Sun Times that she was the most intense and passionate performer the industry had to offer. She was nominated at the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress. In 1991, she was cast alongside Bruce Payne in the comedy ‘Switch’ directed by Blake Edwards. The movie although failed to perform well at the box office, it garnered Ellen her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress. Later she was chosen to play the role of Robert de Niro’s abused wife in the 1993 film ‘This Boy’s Life’ which also starred Leonardo DiCaprio He’s one of the most searched icons in the web for >> Read More... . Her other projects included ‘desert Bloom’, ‘Made in Heaven’, ‘Clinton and Nadine’ and ‘Johnny Handsome’.

Clinton and Nadine earned her a nomination for the CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie while for Johnny Handsome; she was again nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. While continuing her run on the big screen, she continued working on small screen as well. For her performance in the Off- Broadway play named ‘Eden Court’, Ellen was met with huge praises in newspapers, with some of them calling her as one of the finest actresses ever. Barkin had also appeared in TV movies including ‘Before Women Had Wings’ in which she shared the screen with Oprah Winfrey “Oprahfication” a coined-word by Wall Street Journ >> Read More... . The film garnered her first Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. She also won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress and got nominated at the Golden Globes Awards for Best Actress. She also worked in 1998 hit American black comedy ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ directed by Terry Gilliam. She also worked in yet another black comedy film directed by Michael Patrick Jann Michael Patrick Jann (born May 15, 1970, in Albany >> Read More... ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous.' In 2000, after being engaged for a year, she married the multi-billionaire and businessman Ronald Perelman, which gave a kind of a halt to her career and she seldom appeared in movies like ‘Someone Like You’, ‘She Hate Me’, ‘Palindromes’. The couple separated in 2006. Before the divorce took place, Ellen had decided to go for independent film production business and set up ‘Applehead Pictures,' with her script-writer brother Gabriel Barkin. Her first major film after her divorce was the 2007 heist movie ‘Ocean’s 13’, where she had a small role. Two years later she appeared in ‘ Brooklyn Click to look into! >> Read More... ’s Finest’ and ‘Happy Tears’. Her other recent movies include ‘The Chameleon (2010)’, ‘Shit Year’, ‘ Very Good Girls Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ and ‘The Cobbler (2014)’. She has also produced features, namely ‘Letters to Juliet’ in 2010 and Another Happy Day (2011). She was noted for her role in the latter with Indiewire calling her acting as one of the best by any female in that year. She also won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her Broadway debut in ‘The Normal Heart’ in 2011. She is currently working on the series ‘Happyish’ and lives with her two teenage children in Manhattan.  

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