Ellen Barkin

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Ellen Barkin (2011)

Ellen Rona Barkin (born April 16, 1954 in the Bronx , New York City ) is an American actress .


Barkin grew up in New York as the daughter of Jewish parents. Her father was a chemical salesman, her mother a hospital worker. She took acting lessons from Marcia Haufrecht in New York's Actors Studio and then graduated from school.

Her first appearances were in small theaters in New York. At the same time, she also appeared in supporting roles in various television series. In 1982 she got her first movie role in the movie American Diner as a Frustrated Wife, directed by Barry Levinson . Barkin had her breakthrough in 1987 in the film The Big Easy alongside Dennis Quaid . In this film, she embodied an initially over-correct lawyer who turns into a passionate lover. As a result, she made films in various genres.

Barkin has a son (* 1989) and a daughter (* 1992) from her marriage to Gabriel Byrne . From 2000 to 2006 she was married to Ronald Perelman (* 1943), the CEO of Revlon , in her second marriage .

As an actress, Barkin was again commercially successful in 2004 with appearances in Spike Lee's She Hate Me and the Todd Solondz film Palindrome .

Filmography (selection)


  • 1998: Emmy for Glory Marie Jackson in like a bird without wings (Before Women Had Wings) as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
  • 2011: Tony Award for Dr. Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart for Best Supporting Actress


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