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Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn stars as Margaret Barrish Worthington in the original USA Network six-part limited series event Political Animals.

Burstyn's television credits include a guest appearance on "Law & Order: SVU," for which she won an Emmy®, and she's been nominated for four Emmys® for her performances in "Big Love," "Mrs. Harris," "The People vs. Jean Harris," and Hallmark Hall of Fame miniseries "Pack of Lies."

Her feature film credits include "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," for which she won an Oscar®, and she received five additional Oscar® nominations for her performances in "Requiem for a Dream," "Resurrection," "Same Time, Next Year," "The Exorcist" and "The Last Picture Show."

Burstyn's theater credits include "84 Charing Cross Road," "Shirley Valentine," "Sacrilege," and "The Little Flower of East Orange," directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. She received a Tony® Award for her performance in "Same Time, Next Year" on Broadway. She also appeared in "The Children's Hour" in London's West End.

Burstyn was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association, a position she held from 1982-85. She also served as the Artistic Director of the famed Actors Studio where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She currently shares the title of co-president with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel.

She holds four honorary doctorates–one in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College, a doctorate from the New School for Social Research, and a doctorate from Pace University where she teaches in The Actors Studio M.F.A. program. Her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself, is a national bestseller.

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