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Ellen Burstyn has starred in almost 50 feature films over her illustrious 30-year career. She thrilled audiences in 1973 as the mother of a possessed girl in The Exorcist. Her next role, in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, won her an Oscar® for Best Actress. In recent years, Ellen moved audiences with her performance in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

"You're an amazing actress," Marcia tells Ellen. "You're a mother. You're a grandmother. You did years of television. You were a waitress. You were a dancer on the Jackie Gleason Show. You must have had hunger at that younger age!"

Ellen says she made up her mind as a young girl in Detroit, Michigan, to see as much of the world as possible. "I was blessed with an unhappy childhood," she says, "so it gave me a lot of impetus to change my life and to make decisions for myself that would create the kind of life that I wanted to have."
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Published on April 17, 2006

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