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15 Popular Facts You Did Not Know About Ellen Burstyn

1. Her career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the next decade included several films and television series.

2. In 1975, she won the Tony Award for her lead performance 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 of the play.

3. Burstyn has worked consistently in film, television and theatre since, receiving multiple awards and nominations along the way, including seven additional Golden Globe Award nominations, five Emmy Award nominations .

4. Burstyn is one of the very few performers to have won the Triple Crown of Acting.

5. In 2013, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

6. Burstyn was born Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Correine Marie and John Austin Gillooly.

7. She attended Cass Technical High School, a university-preparatory school which allowed students to choose a specific field of study.

8. Burstyn majored in fashion illustration. In high school, she was a cheerleader, a member of the student council and was president of her junior class.

9. She dropped out of high school during her senior year after failing her classes. After dropping out of school, Burstyn got a job as a model in a Detroit department store.

10. She later relocated to Dallas where she continued modeling before traveling to New York.

11. From 1955 to 1956, Burstyn appeared as an “away we go” dancing girl on The Jackie Gleason Show under the name “Erica Dean.”

12. In 1975, she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in the comedy Same Time, Next Year .

13. Starting in the late 1950s and continuing throughout the 1960s, Burstyn frequently played guest roles on a number of primetime television shows, including Dr. Kildare, 77 Sunset Strip, Ben Casey, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, The Big Valley, and The Virginian.

14. During 1964-1965, she had a recurring role as “Dr. Kate Bartok” on the NBC daytime television soap opera The Doctors.

15. In 1967-1968, she co-starred as “Julie Parsons” opposite Dale Robertson in the ABC western The Iron Horse.

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