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Actress Ellen Burstyn played the mother in The Exorcist and earned an Oscar for her role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
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The Ellen Burstyn Show (1986-87).
Burstyn turned in a number of small, if memorable, performances in a variety of more recent films, including How to Make an American Quilt (1995), starring Winona Ryder, and The Spitfire Grill (1996). In 1998, she was featured as part of the impressive ensemble cast of Playing By Heart, also featuring Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, and Angelina Jolie, playing a woman dealing with her grown son's battle with AIDS.
Burstyn has been married and divorced three times - to poet William C. Alexander (1950-55), director Paul Roberts (1957-59), and actor Neil Burstyn (1960-1971). She and Neil Burstyn adopted a son, Jefferson. In 2000, Burstyn became president of the Actors Studio.
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