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Ellen Barkin

About Ellen Barkin

Ellen Rona Barkin (born April 16, 1954) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress.

Personal Biography

Early life

Barkin was born in the Bronx, New York, to a chemical-salesman father and a hospital-administrator mother who worked at Jamaica Hospital. Barkin was raised in a lower-middle-class Jewish family, a descendant of immigrants from Siberia and the Russia-Poland border. Barkin received her high school diploma at Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. She then attended Hunter College and double majored in history and drama. At one point, Barkin wanted to teach ancient history. She continued her acting education at New York's Actor's Studio. According to Time, she studied acting for seven years before landing her first audition.

Relationship with Ronald Perelman

Entrepreneur Ronald Perelman is her ex-husband. In August 07, Ellen sued Perelman for $3m more and appered to be not satisfied with the 40 million dollars she got as a divorce settlement.


In August 2007, she was amongst the celebrities who attended for a fund-raiser that helped promote Brad Pitt's Make It Right project, which is aiming to rebuild areas of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward with environmentally friendly homes.

Professional Biography

Movies / Filmography

  • Diner (1982)
  • Tender Mercies (1983)
  • Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
  • Harry & Son (1984)
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
  • Desert Bloom (1986)
  • Down by Law (1986)
  • The Big Easy (1987)
  • Siesta (1987)
  • Made in Heaven (1987)
  • Johnny Handsome (1989)
  • Sea of Love (1989)
  • Switch (1991)
  • Into the West (1992)
  • Man Trouble (1992)
  • Mac (1992)
  • This Boy's Life (1993)
  • Bad Company (1995)
  • Wild Bill (1995)
  • The Fan (1996)
  • Mad Dog Time AKA Trigger Happy (1996)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
  • Crime and Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
  • Mercy (2000)
  • Someone Like You (2001)
  • She Hate Me (2004)
  • Palindromes (2004)
  • Trust the Man (2006)
  • Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
  • Rogue's Gallery (2009)
  • Brooklyn's Finest (2010)
  • Happy Tears (2010)
  • Twelve

Ranking / Recognition / Awards / Nominations / Postive comments

Other Professional Information

In June 2007, Ellen said she only stripped for two movies contrary to people's belief.

Ellen Barkin in News

Julia Roberts to star in 80s-set HIV drama
Julia Roberts has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's upcoming adaptation of Larry Kramer's 'The Normal Heart' alongside Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo.

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