Ellen Barkin

Ellen Barkin

Her role in 'The Big Easy' (1986)
An offbeat actress with unusual looks and eclectic list of credits, Ellen Barkin has always managed to keep a low profile, even after she began steaming up the screen through a series of sexually charged performances in the late 1980s. A tremendously gifted actress who has chosen to focus her career on smaller, often quirky roles in independent films and the occasional mainstream production, she remains a somewhat enigmatic personality - which seems to suit her just fine.Born in the Bronx in 1954, Barkin took to entertainment as a child, attending New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts, studying history and drama at Hunter College, and eventually honing her craft at the Actor's Studio. Stage performances in "Irish Coffee" and "Extremities" and soap work on "Search for Tomorrow" eventually gave way to feature films, beginning with an uncredited debut in Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke (1978). In 1982, Barkin garnered worthy praise and serious attention as the lone female member of the ensemble cast of Barry Levinson's classic Diner. Well received work in Tender Mercies, Daniel, Eddie and the Cruisers, (all 1983), Harry and Son and the cult hit The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (both 1984) kept her busy, but it wasn't until 1986 and her supporting role in Desert Bloom as the sexy divorcee in 1950s Las Vegas that her natural sex appeal was revealed on screen. The following year she steamed up The Big Easy alongside Dennis Quaid and gained legions of devoted male fans in the process. After appearing in Siesta (1987) where she met future husband (1988-1993) Gabriel Byrne, Barkin once again had moviegoers talking, this time as the uninhibited murder suspect involved in an erotic relationship with detective Al Pacino in Sea of Love (1989). She continued her foray into sexual role playing by worked wonders with a rather bland script in Switch (1991) playing a man who wakes up one morning to find himself a woman. Barkin's flare for comedy was given greater exposure opposite Jack Nicholson in Man Trouble (1992) and she has, thankfully, returned to the genre often in the last few years, most notably as the trailer park dwelling mother of a Minnesota beauty pageant wanna-be in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), and a web-savvy talk show host boss in Someone Like You (2000). Able to hold her own quite affectively opposite the likes of Robert DeNiro and a young Leonardo DeCaprio in This Boy's Life (1993), Barkin finally gained some industry recognition in 1997 with an Emmy for her devastating portrayal of an alcoholic, abusive single mother in the 1960 in "Before Women Had Wings."Though she continues to appear on film occasionally, these days Barkin dedicates most of her time to her two children and second husband, Ron Perelman, Chairman of the Board of Revlon, Inc.Source: amctv.com
When I played Leonardo DiCaprio's mother, they liked that Leo had very hooded eyes and a rounded nose with a ball. They said, They look like they could be mother and son.More Ellen Barkin quotes [10/11/2011 09:10:36]
I'd never say I'll never have a facelift, but I'm way too scared of looking like a different person. I have no philosophical or political position on plastic surgery; I just don't want to look crazy. And I don't like not being able to tell how old someone is: It's creepy.More Ellen Barkin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My husband thinks he's compromising if we have one cook instead of three.More Ellen Barkin quotes [10/11/2011 09:10:52]
Acting is a matter of giving away secrets.More Ellen Barkin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's no stretch to picture me standing next to Al Pacino or Robert De Niro. Those are ethnic New York men. I'm an ethnic New York girl. Everybody has their limitations. I mean, I should never be cast as Queen Elizabeth.More Ellen Barkin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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