Performer Spotlight:

Ellen Burstyn

By PopMatters Staff

28 November 2010

Remain in Light: An Interview with Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn has proven herself to be a survivor in a business that often asks women to compromise when they hit "a certain age". Artistic integrity fully intact nearly seven decades after she began her acting career, Burstyn is a consummate professional in her field.

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We’ve Got a Winner! Ellen Burstyn Holds a Dark Mirror Up to the Soul of ‘Requiem for a Dream’

Burstyn's Requiem for a Dream transformation is more of a cinematic cousin to the great character work of Lon Chaney or Boris Karloff, or perhaps even Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, which makes Sara Goldfarb a classically-defined monster in many ways.

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The 1990s and Beyond: The Essential Late-Period Ellen Burstyn

We take a look at the actresses' major works of this later period of her life, in patented PopMatters Essential Performances style. Burstyn during this period schools everyone in the art of taking risks with memorable supporting character parts in eclectic ensembles.

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1980s: Snow-Capped Artistic Peaks and Scorching Death Valleys

Resurrection defines a career, while Burstyn flirts (unsuccessfully) with series TV and finally moves into a new role: teacher. The actress inadvertently transitioned into a string of demanding roles in TV movies, on the stage, and behind the scenes.

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The 1970s—Magnificent Obsession: Ellen Burstyn’s Legacy: Awards, Accolades, and Iconicity

Ellen Burstyn becomes an unlikely star, sex symbol, and Hollywood success in her 40s, during one of the most creatively-fertile periods in film history, appearing in landmark films like The Last Picture Show and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

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