She goes from one addiction to another. All are ways for her to not feel her feelings.

Ellen Burstyn on addiction
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What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

Ellen Burstyn on discover
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It's about avoiding reality through various escape routes that become addictions and lead to Hell. My character is addicted to television, chocolate, coffee, to her dream of her son, which has no basis in reality.

Ellen Burstyn on addicted
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The interesting thing about doing a play is to find a way to make it fresh and do it as though you were doing it for the first time.

Ellen Burstyn on time
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I talked to women who lived there, to get their speech patterns and outlook on life - and how narrow that is.

Ellen Burstyn on life
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I do like to work with young directors because it's such a difficult business that I think after directors have been around a while sometimes, not always, but sometimes their passion gets siphoned off because they get hurt.

Ellen Burstyn on business
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It's a sin to have your films not to make money.

Ellen Burstyn on films
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Their life is about getting enough money to put food on the table to feed their children, and that's it.

Ellen Burstyn on children
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Well my taste wasn't very good when I first started out.

But later, when I began to appreciate the art of acting, I would say the actress I most admire is Vanessa Redgrave.

Ellen Burstyn on acting
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I wanted to work on this central problem of killing.

How you go about killing. Now, in the film I had to kill my children - well, I didn't want to get that far.

Ellen Burstyn on central
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I couldn't kill a chicken, I couldn't kill a cow - I was a vegetarian too at that time - so I thought, well what is there that I could kill? I couldn't kill this and I couldn't kill that.

Ellen Burstyn on chicken
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She loses 50 pounds in the film, and goes from fairly sane to totally out of her mind. So for the first part of the film I was wearing a 40 pound fat suit, which is very, very uncomfortable. But the worst part was the neck.

Ellen Burstyn on fairly
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About Ellen Burstyn

Name Ellen Burstyn
Quotes 22 quotations
Nationality American
Profession Actress
Birthday December 7, 1932
About Ellen Burstyn is an American actress best known for her roles in films of the 1970s, such as The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, for which she won an Academy Award.
Top topics film, kill, life, play, thinking

I did my famous cabbage soup diet, so I was able to do it.

Ellen Burstyn on cabbage
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To me, it's a very moral film. If my son were a teenager now, I would drag him to see it.

Ellen Burstyn on drag
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I always wanted to play Joan of Arc. I've always wanted to do that. Now I'm thinking, 'Maybe there's a story in Joan of Arc's mother!' If I don't hurry up, her grandmother!

Ellen Burstyn on arc
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Then in came this script with another very low offer, and another drug addict and a depressing and difficult part to play. I thought, 'Why should I put myself through that for hardly any money?'

Ellen Burstyn on addict
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Nobody would want to leave that film to go get high.

Ellen Burstyn on film
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They pulled Resurrection out of the theatres, so it was running in New York and I was nominated for the Oscar and there was no ad in the newspapers to say it was running. So it was literally killed.

Ellen Burstyn on literally
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I sketched out a rough story for them and the director said, well it's a good story but we have the go-ahead from Universal to make this script and did I want to do it. I said no, and they left.

Ellen Burstyn on director
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I've lived most of my life in Manhattan, but as close as Brooklyn is to Manhattan, there are people who live there who have been to Manhattan maybe once or twice.

Ellen Burstyn on brooklyn
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So I was at the Actor's Studio, thinking about this, and I happened to glance over to the other side of the stage and I saw the ugliest chair I have ever seen. And I thought, 'Well, I could kill that chair!'

Ellen Burstyn on actor
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I think that the change began... I made a film a few years ago called The Spitfire Grill, and that didn't make much money either, but it was a good film and an independent film.

Ellen Burstyn on called
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