Barkin, Ellen 1955(?)–

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Barkin, Ellen 1955(?)–


Full name, Ellen Rona Barkin; born April 16, 1955 (some sources cite 1954 or 1959), in the Bronx, New York, NY; father, in sales; mother named Evelyn (a hospital administrator); married Gabriel Byrne (an actor), 1988 (divorced 1999; some sources cite 1993); married Ronald Perelman (a business executive), June 28, 2000 (divorced February 14, 2006); children: (first marriage) Jack Daniel, Romy Marion. Education: Attended High School for the Performing Arts; Hunter College of the City University of New York, graduated; studied at the Actors Studio; trained for the stage with Lloyd Richards and Marcia Haufrecht. Religion: Judaism.

Addresses: Office—Applehead Pictures, 104 West 27th St., Suite 7B, New York, NY 10001. Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1825. Publicist—Dart Group, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actress and producer. Applehead Pictures (production company), partner. Actors Studio, drama instructor. Worked as a waitress.

Awards, Honors: Sant Jordi Award, best foreign actress, 1988, for The Big Easy and Desert Bloom; CableACE Award nomination, best actress in a movie or mini-series, 1989, for Clinton and Nadine; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a motion picture—comedy or musical, 1992, for Switch; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite supporting actress in an adventure or drama, 1997, for The Fan; Emmy Award, outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie, Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, International Press Academy, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, all 1998, for Before Women Had Wings.


Film Appearances:

Woman playing guitar, Up in Smoke (also known as Cheech and Chong's "Up in Smoke" and Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke), Paramount, 1978.

Beth, Diner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982.

Sue Anne, Tender Mercies, Universal, 1982.

Maggie Foley, Eddie and the Cruisers, Embassy Pictures, 1983.

Phyllis Isaacson, Daniel, Paramount, 1983.

Virginia, "Virginia's Story," Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (also known as Enormous Changes and Trumps), TeleCulture Films, 1983.

Katie, Harry & Son, Orion, 1984.

Penny Priddy, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension (also known as The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984.

Mary O'Connor, Terminal Choice (also known as Critical List, Death Bed, Death Wish, and Trauma), Almi Pictures, 1985.

Anne Osborne, The Big Easy, Columbia, 1986.

Aunt Starr, Desert Bloom, Columbia, 1986.

Laurette, Down by Law (also known as Down by Law—Alles im Griff), New Yorker Films/Island Pictures, 1986.

Claire, Siesta, Lorimar Productions, 1987.

Lucille, Made in Heaven, Lorimar Productions, 1987.

Helen, Sea of Love, Universal, 1989.

Sunny Boyd, Johnny Handsome, TriStar, 1989.

Amanda Brooks, Switch (also known as Blake Edwards' "Switch"), Warner Bros., 1991.

Joan Spruance, Man Trouble, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.

Kathleen, Into the West, Miramax, 1992.

Oona Goldfarb, Mac, Samuel Goldwyn, 1992.

Caroline Wolff Hansen, This Boy's Life, Warner Bros., 1993.

Calamity Jane, Wild Bill, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/ United Artists, 1995.

Herself, Unzipped (documentary), Miramax, 1995.

Margaret Wells, Bad Company, Buena Vista, 1995.

Jewel Stern, The Fan, TriStar, 1996.

Rita Everly, Mad Dog Time (also known as Trigger Happy), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996.

Waitress at North Star Cafe, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Universal, 1998.

Annette Atkins (Amber's mother), Drop Dead Gorgeous (also known as Dairy Queens and Gnadenlos schoen), New Line Cinema, 1999.

Maggie, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia (also known as Crime and Punishment in High School and Crime + Punishment in Suburbia), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 2000.

Diane Roberts, Someone Like You … (also known as Animal Attraction and Animal Husbandry), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Margo Chadwick, She Hate Me, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Joyce Victor, Palindromes, 2004, Wellspring Media, 2005.

Norah, Trust the Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Ocean's Thirteen, Warner Bros., 2007.

Film Producer:

The Easter Parade, Applehead Pictures, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Kent State, NBC, 1981.

Ronnie, Terrible Joe Moran, CBS, 1984.

Annette Gilly, Act of Vengeance, HBO, 1986.

Nadine Powers, Clinton and Nadine (also known as Blood Money and Blood Money: The Story of Clinton and Nadine), HBO, 1988.

Gloria Marie Jackson, Before Women Had Wings (also known as Oprah Winfrey Presents: "Before Women Had Wings"), ABC, 1997.

Detective Catherine Palmer, Mercy, HBO, 2000.

Eva Nell La Fangroy, The White River Kid (also known as White River), Starz!, c. 2000.

(Scenes deleted) Strip Search, HBO, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Narrator, Inside the Inferno (also known as The Heat: Inside the Inferno), The Learning Channel, 1999.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson (also known as The AFI Salute to Jack Nicholson),CBS, 1994.

(Uncredited) Presenter, The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (also known as Fourth Blockbuster Entertainment Awards), 1997.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Princess Henrietta, "The Princess Who Had Never Laughed," Faerie Tale Theater (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theater"), Showtime, 1986.

Herself, The Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show and Late Show Backstage), CBS, 1993.

Herself, Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 1994.

Herself, The Charlie Rose Show (also known as Charlie Rose), PBS, multiple episodes in 1995.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996.

Narrator, "Hollywood Censored: Movies, Morality, and the Production Code," Culture Shock, PBS, 2000.

Herself, Leute heute, 2002.

Appeared in Search for Tomorrow (also known as Search for Happiness), CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Chris Capoletti, We're Fighting Back, CBS, 1981.

Donna, Parole, CBS, 1982.

Ellen Gray, Murder Ink, CBS, 1983.

Stage Appearances:

Christine, Shout across the River, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1979–80.

Starkey, Killings on the Last Line, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Irish Coffee, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Terry, Extremities, Westside Arts Theatre, New York City, 1983.

May, Fool for Love, Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, New York City, c. 1983–85.

Eden Court, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Simone, "Extra," Short Talks on the Universe, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Also appeared in Tobacco Road.



Herself, Diner: On the Flip Side, Warner Home Video, 2000.

Herself, Breaking the Silence: The Making of "Hannibal," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2001.

(In archive footage) Herself, Buckaroo Banzai Declassified, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002.



Harper's Bazaar, May, 2005, pp. 168-71.

New Yorker, April 25, 2005, p. 34.

People Weekly, July 17, 2000, p. 66.