Joan Allen

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Joan Allen
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Allen at the Sundance Film Festival, January 2005
Born (1956-08-20) August 20, 1956 (age 58)
Rochelle, Illinois, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Peter Friedman (1990-2002: divorced)
Children Sadie (b. 1994)

Joan Allen (born August 20, 1956) is an American actress, who has worked in theatre, film and television. She is a Tony Award winner, and a three-time Academy Award nominee.

Allen began her acting career in 1977 with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She made her Broadway debut in the 1987 original production of the play Burn This, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She also received a Tony Award nomination for her role in the 1988 original production of The Heidi Chronicles.

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 Manhunter (1986), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), In Country (1989), The Ice Storm (1997), Face/Off (1997), Pleasantville (1998), The Notebook (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Death Race (2008) and The Bourne Legacy (2012).

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed] She first attended Eastern Illinois University, performing in a few plays with John Malkovich, who was also a student, and then Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with a BFA in Theater.

Allen began her performing career as a stage actress and on television before making her film debut in the movie, Compromising Positions (1985). She became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 1977 when John Malkovich asked her to join.[4] She's been a member ever since. In 1984, she won a Clarence Derwent Award for her portrayal of Hellen Stott in And a Nightingale Sang.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In 1989, Allen won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut performance in Burn This.[5] She also starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles.[6]

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.[citation needed]

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[7] for the role.[citation needed] 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.

She played CIA Department Director Pamela Landy in The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy. Allen appeared in Death Race, a prequel of the film Death Race 2000, playing a prison warden.[8]

In 2009, Allen starred as Georgia O'Keeffe in Lifetime Television’s 2009 biopic chronicling the artist’s life. 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.[9]

Allen voiced the character Delphine in Bethesda Softworks' 2011 video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Allen married actor Peter Friedman. They divorced in 2002, but live close to each other to share time with their daughter, Sadie, born in 1994.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Say Goodnight, Gracie Television movie
1985 Compromising Positions Mary Alice Mahoney
1985 Evergreen Iris Friedman Television movie
1986 Manhunter Reba McClane
1986 Zeisters Lala
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Maddy Nagle
1987 All My Sons Ann Deever Television movie
1987 Room Upstairs, TheThe 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 Sarah Brady Television movie
1993 Ethan Frome Zeena Frome
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Bonnie Waitzkin
1993 Josh and S.A.M. Caroline Whitney
1995 Mad Love Margaret Roberts
1995 Nixon Pat Nixon Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
1996 Crucible, TheThe Crucible Elizabeth Proctor Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Florida Film Critics Circle 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 Ice Storm, TheThe Ice Storm Elena Hood Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1997 Face/Off Dr. Eve Archer Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Action/Adventure
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998 Pleasantville Betty Parker Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Funniest Scene
1999 All The Rage Helen
2000 When the Sky Falls Sinead Hamilton
2000 Contender, TheThe Contender Senator Laine Billings Hanson Broadcast Film Critics Association Alan J. Pakula Award
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Drama
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2001 Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of Avalon Morgause TV
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2003 Off the Map Arlene
2004 Notebook, TheThe Notebook Ann Hamilton
2004 Bourne Supremacy, TheThe Bourne Supremacy CIA Dep. Dir. Pamela Landy
2004 Yes She Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2005 Upside of Anger, TheThe Upside of Anger Terry Ann Wolfmeyer Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
2006 Bonneville Carol
2007 Bourne Ultimatum, TheThe Bourne Ultimatum CIA Dep. Dir. Pamela Landy
2008 Death Race Prison Warden Hennessey Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 Hachi: A Dog's Tale Kate Wilson
2009 Georgia O'Keeffe Georgia O'Keeffe Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie
Nominated—Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[11] Delphine (voice) Video Game voice-over
2012 Luck Claire Lachay TV Series
2012 The Bourne Legacy CIA Dep. Dir. Pamela Landy Cameo
2014 A Good Marriage Darcy Anderson
2014 The Killing Colonel Margaret Rayne Season 4 6 episodes U.S. TV Series

Theatre[edit]

Steppenwolf Theatre Company[edit]

  • Burn This
  • The Heidi Chronicles
  • Three Sisters
  • Waiting For The Parade
  • Love Letters
  • The Marriage of Bette and Boo
  • (And a Nightingale Sang...)
  • The Wheel [12]

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 
  2. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (27 December 1995). "Finding Warmth In a Shy First Lady". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Joan Allen". Yahoo! Movies. 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "In Step With: Joan Allen". Parade Magazine. June 19, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Member Profiles: Joan Allen". Steppenwolf Ensemble. 
  6. ^ "1989 Tony Awards". Broadway World. 
  7. ^ Joan Allen Emmy Nominated
  8. ^ Rickey, Joe (10 August 2007). "Joan Allen in 'Death Race'". World of KJ. Retrieved 10 August 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ Sontag, Deborah (4 March 2009). "Enter the Anti-Diva, Stage Right". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  10. ^ Hegberg, Carol (11 April 2005). "With three new movies Rochelle native Joan Allen is making her mark". The Daily Chronicle. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  11. ^ http://www.gamefront.com/the-spectacular-skyrim-voice-cast-includes-joan-allen/

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