Currently alive, at 85 years of age.
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1932 – She was born on the 7th day of December this year in Detroit, Michigan.
1957 – She debuted on Broadway.
1970 – She was credited as "Ellen McRae" in nearly all her film and TV appearances.
1971 – She received her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in this year for the film The Last Picture Show.
1973 – She was subsequently nominated for Best Actress in this year for the horror movie “The Exorcist.”
1974 – She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.
1975 – She won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in "Same Time, Next Year."
1980 – She hosted Saturday Night Live this year.
1981 – She recorded "The Ballad of the Nazi Soldier’s Wife."
1982 – She served as president of the Actors’ Equity Association from this year until 1985.
1986 – She had her own sitcom, The Ellen Burstyn Show with Megan Mullally as her daughter and Elaine Stritch as her mother.
1990 – She won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.
2000 – From this year until 2002, she appeared in the CBS television drama “That’s Life.”
2006 – She starred as a bishop in the controversial NBC comedy-drama The Book of Daniel. She was also nominated this year, for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special for HBO’s Mrs Harris as Dr. Tarnower’s "Ex-Lover #3."