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Joan Allen

Allen at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival
Born August 20, 1956 (1956-08-20) (age 53)
Rochelle, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Peter Friedman (1990–2002)

Joan Allen (born August 20, 1956) is an American actress. She worked in theatre, television and film during her early career, and achieved recognition for her Broadway debut in Burn This, winning a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play in 1989.

She has received three Academy Award nominations; she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Nixon (1995) and The Crucible (1996), and for Best Actress for The Contender (2000).

Her other films include Face/Off (1997), Pleasantville (1998), The Notebook, The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

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Early life

Allen, the youngest of four children, was born in Rochelle, Illinois, the daughter of Dorothea Marie (née Wirth), a homemaker, and James Jefferson Allen, a gas station owner.[1][2] She has an older brother, David, and two older sisters, Mary and Lynn.[3] Allen attended Rochelle Township High School, and was voted most likely to succeed. After attending Kishwaukee College, she transferred to Northern Illinois University in 1976, where she graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance.

Allen began her performing career as a stage actress and on television before making her film debut in the movie, Compromising Positions (1985). She has been a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble since 1977.

Career

In 1989, Allen won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut performance in Burn This. She also starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles.

She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Pat Nixon in Nixon (1995) and as Elizabeth Proctor, a woman accused of witchcraft, in The Crucible (1996). She was also nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Contender (2000), in which she played a politician who becomes the object of scandal.

She had starring roles in the drama The Ice Storm directed by Ang Lee and the action thriller Face/Off directed by John Woo, both released in 1997, as well as in the comedy Pleasantville (1998).

In 2001, Allen starred in the mini-series The Mists of Avalon on TNT and earned an Emmy nomination for the role. In 2005, she received many positive notices[citation needed] for her leading role in the comedy/drama The Upside of Anger, in which she played an alcoholic housewife.

Allen at the Sundance Film Festival, January 23, 2005

She played CIA Department Director Pamela Landy in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Allen appeared in a remake of the film Death Race, playing a prison warden.[4]

On November 6, 2008, TV Guide reported that Allen would star as Georgia O’Keeffe in Lifetime Television’s biopic chronicling the artist’s life.[5]

Allen returned to Broadway in March 2009 when she played the role of Katherine Keenan in Michael Jacobs' play Impressionism opposite Jeremy Irons at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.[6]

Personal life

In 1990, Allen married actor Peter Friedman. The couple separated in 2002, but live close to each other to share time with their daughter, Sadie, born in 1994.[7] She has a Boston Terrier named Pippie.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Say Goodnight, Gracie Television movie
1985 Compromising Positions Mary Alice Mahoney
Evergreen Iris Friedman Television movie
1986 Manhunter Reba McClane
Zeisters Lala
Peggy Sue Got Married Maddy Nagle
1987 All My Sons Ann Deever Television movie
The Room Upstairs Ellie Television movie
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Vera Tucker
1989 In Country Irene
1991 Without Warning: The James Brady Story Sara Brady Television movie
1993 Ethan Frome Zeena Frome
Searching for Bobby Fischer Bonnie Waitzkin
Josh and S.A.M. Caroline Whitney
1995 Mad Love Margaret Roberts
Nixon Pat Nixon BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actress
CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
KCFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress
LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
NSFC Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
1996 The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress
SEFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1997 The Ice Storm Elena Hood Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Face/Off Dr. Eve Archer Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998 Pleasantville Betty Parker BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actress
LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
SEFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 All The Rage Helen
2000 When the Sky Falls Sinead Hamilton
The Contender Senator Laine Billings Hanson Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — CFCA Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Nominated — PFCS Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
2001 The Mists of Avalon (TV) Morgause Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
2003 Off the Map Arlene
2004 The Notebook Anne Hamilton
The Bourne Supremacy CIA Dep. Dir. Pamela Landy
Yes She
2005 The Upside of Anger Terry Ann Wolfmeyer CFCA Award for Best Actress
SDFCS Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Critics Choice Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2006 Bonneville Carol
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum CIA Dep. Dir. Pamela Landy
2008 Death Race Prison Warden Hennessey
2009 Hachiko: A Dog's Story Kate Wilson
2009 Georgia O'Keeffe Georgia O'Keeffe Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime[8][9]

Theatre

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

  • Burn This
  • The Heidi Chronicles
  • The Crucible and Nixon
  • The Contender
  • Three Sisters
  • Waiting For The Parade
  • Love Letters
  • The Marriage of Bette and Boo
  • (And a Nightingale Sang...)
  • Nixon and Pleasantville
  • The Upside of Anger

References

  1. ^ Kolson, Ann (19 March 1989). "Two Bright Lights On Broadway Pauline Collins And Joan Allen Took Roundabout Routes To The N.Y. Stage. Their Reviews Have Made The Journeys Worthwhile". The Philadelphia Inquirer. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=PI&s_site=philly&p_multi=PI&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB95F1C7612BC46&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 
  2. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (27 December 1995). "Finding Warmth In a Shy First Lady". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E05E7DF1239F934A15751C1A963958260. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Joan Allen". Yahoo! Movies. 2007. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800015438/bio. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  4. ^ Rickey, Joe (10 August 2007). "Joan Allen in 'Death Race'". World of KJ. http://worldofkj.com/news/news.php?tid=30674. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  5. ^ Lifetime to Paint Bio of Georgia O'Keeffe" TV Guide. November 6, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.
  6. ^ Sontag, Deborah (4 March 2009). "Enter the Anti-Diva, Stage Right". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/theater/08sont.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Hegberg, Carol (11 April 2005). "With three new movies Rochelle native Joan Allen is making her mark". The Daily Chronicle. http://www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/2005/04/13/neighbors/lifestyles/lifestyles01.txt. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  8. ^ https://www.mylifetime.com/about-us/academy-award-nominee-joan-allen-and-academy-award-winner-jeremy-irons-to-headline-cast-of-lifetime-original
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1320286/

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