Ellen Rona Barkin (born April 16, 1954) is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough role was in the 1982 film Diner, and in the following years she had starring roles in films such as Tender Mercies (1983), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), The Big Easy (1986), Johnny Handsome and Sea of Love (both 1989).
Ellen Rona Barkin
April 16, 1954
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hunter College|
(m. 1988; div. 1999)
(m. 2000; div. 2006)
In 1991, for her leading role in the film Switch, Barkin received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Her subsequent film credits include: Man Trouble, Into the West (both 1992), This Boy's Life (1993), Bad Company, Wild Bill (both 1995), The Fan (1996), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Crime and Punishment in Suburbia (2000), Palindromes (2004), Trust the Man (2005), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), Brooklyn's Finest (2009), and The Cobbler (2014).
In 1997, Barkin received a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the television film Before Women Had Wings. In 2011, she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her Broadway theatre debut in The Normal Heart. From 2016 until 2019, Barkin played the leading role of Janine "Smurf" Cody on the TNT drama series Animal Kingdom.
Barkin was born in The Bronx, New York, the daughter of Evelyn (née Rozin), a hospital administrator who worked at Jamaica Hospital, and Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman. Her family were Jewish emigrants from Siberia and the Belarusian-Polish border.
Barkin lived in Flushing, NY and attended Parsons Junior High School. She received her high school diploma at Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. She then attended Hunter College and double majored in history and drama. At one point, Barkin wanted to teach ancient history. She continued her acting education at New York City's Actors Studio. According to TIME, she studied acting for ten years before landing her first audition.
Her break-out role was in the comedy-drama film Diner (1982), written and directed by Barry Levinson, for which she received favorable reviews. Barkin was cast in the drama film Tender Mercies (1983) after impressing its director Bruce Beresford during an audition in New York City, despite her inexperience and his lack of familiarity with her work. Robert Duvall, who played the lead role in Tender Mercies, said of Barkin, "She brings a real credibility to that part, plus she was young and attractive and had a certain sense of edge, a danger to her that was good for that part." She also appeared in the 1983 rock & roll drama film Eddie and the Cruisers.
Barkin later appeared in several successful films, including the thrillers The Big Easy (1987), opposite Dennis Quaid and Sea of Love (1989), opposite Al Pacino. Barkin also appeared in off-Broadway plays, including a role as one of the roommates in Extremities, about an intended rape victim played by Susan Sarandon who turns the tables on her attacker. About her performance in the play Eden Court, The New York Times critic Frank Rich summarized: "If it were really possible to give the kiss of life to a corpse, the actress Ellen Barkin would be the one to do it. In Eden Court, the moribund play that has brought her to the Promenade Theater, Miss Barkin is tantalizingly alive from her bouncing blond ponytail to the long legs that gyrate wildly and involuntarily every time an Elvis Presley record plays on stage".
Barkin has also done work in made-for-television films like Before Women Had Wings (1997), for which she won an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and The White River Kid (1999). She voiced the start of each Theme Time Radio Hour with host Bob Dylan on XM's "Deep Tracks". In 2005, Barkin set up a film production company with her brother, George, along with her husband at the time and billionaire investor, Ronald Perelman.
Barkin appeared in her Broadway debut as Dr. Brookner in The Normal Heart, for which she won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Barkin has received acclaim for her performance in Another Happy Day. IndieWire cited her turn as one of the best female performances of the year. In 2015, she starred as Dani Kirschenbloom, in the Showtime comedy-drama series Happyish.
From 2016 through 2019, Barkin starred as Janine "Smurf" Cody, the crime family's matriarch, in the TNT drama series Animal Kingdom. The series is based on the 2010 Australian film where Smurf was played by Jacki Weaver.
Barkin is the mother of two children, Jack Daniel (born 1989) and Romy Marion (born 1992), from her first marriage, to actor Gabriel Byrne. The two separated in 1993 and divorced in 1999, but are still close; Byrne even attended Barkin's 2000 wedding to multi-billionaire and businessman Ronald Perelman. According to New York magazine, that marriage ended in divorce in 2006. In October 2006, "Magnificent Jewels from the Collection of Ellen Barkin" realised $20,369,200 at Christie's, New York. In 2007, Barkin sued Perelman for $3.4 million in investment funds he allegedly promised to invest in their film production company. He was ordered to pay her $4.3 million.
|1981||Kent State||Student||Television movie|
|1981||We're Fighting Back||Chris Capoletti||Television movie|
|1984||Terrible Joe Moran||Ronnie||Television movie|
|1986||Act of Vengeance||Annette Gilly||Television movie|
|1986||The Princess Who Had Never Laughed||Princess Henrietta||Television movie|
|1988||Clinton and Nadine||Nadine Powers||Television movie|
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1997||Before Women Had Wings||Glory Marie Jackson||Television movie|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|2001||King of the Hill||Lenore (voice)||Episode: "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator"|
|2012||Modern Family||Mitzi Roth||Episode: "Send Out the Clowns"|
|2012–2013||The New Normal||Jane Forrest||Lead role; 22 episodes|
|2015||Happyish||Dani Kirschenbloom||Lead role; 9 episodes|
|2016–2019||Animal Kingdom||Janine 'Smurf' Cody||Lead role; 46 episodes|
|2017||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||Sasha Walz||Television movie|
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Barkin, who turned 57 on April 16...
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- Richard Johnson; Paula Froelich; Bill Hoffmann; Debra Rosen; Corynne Steindler "Ellen Wants More From Ron" New York Post, August 3, 2007
- Visible on Blu-ray release under the section, "Meet the Team, Again"
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