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Political Animals (2012)

Ellen Burstyn as "Margaret Barrish"

This drama series, which stars Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver in her first regular role in a TV series, explores the complex world of politics through a former first family that has experienced its highs and lows and is fighting political adversaries while struggling with the family members' own personal demons. Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish, who is appointed Secretary of State by President Paul Garcetti after losing to him in the presidential primary. While dealing with the usual crises of the State Department, Barrish also must try to keep her family together and fend off a hungry journalist who wants to destroy her political career.

Emmy (Primetime) (2013) Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Ellen Burstyn as "Sara Goldfarb"

Imaginatively evoking the inner landscape of human beings longing to connect, to love and feel loved, the film is a parable of happiness gloriously found and tragically lost. "Requiem for a Dream" tells parallel stories that are linked by the relationship between the lonely, widowed Sara Goldfarb and her sweet but aimless son, Harry. The plump Sara, galvanized by the prospect of appearing on a TV game show, has started on a dangerous diet regimen to beautify herself for a national audience.

Academy Award (2000) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (2000) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Resurrection (1980)

Ellen Burstyn as "Edna"

Edna (Ellen Burstyn) has a near-death experience when she and her husband drive off a cliff. Widowed and paralyzed, Edna returns to Kansas with her grandparents, noticing the curious effect her touch has on a girl's bleeding nose along the way. Her gift for healing people attracts the attention of a small-town community, including a young man (Sam Shepard) who becomes her lover. An agnostic herself despite her powers, Edna finds her lover has a dangerous obsession with religion.

Academy Award (1980) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (1980) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

Ellen Burstyn as "Alice Hyatt"

After her husband dies, Alice (Ellen Burstyn) and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make it as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as waitress in a small diner. She intends to stay in Arizona just long enough to make the money needed to head back out on the road, but her plans change when she begins to fall for a rancher named David (Kris Kristofferson).

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975) Won Actress
Academy Award (1974) Won Best Actress
Golden Globe (1974) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Exorcist (1973)

Ellen Burstyn as "Chris MacNeil"

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

Academy Award (1973) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (1973) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

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