Ellen Barkin

Ellen Barkin


4/16/1954, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name

Ellen Rona Barkin


  • Ellen Barkin in The New Normal
  • Ellen Barkin in The New Normal
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Ellen Barkin is an actress who won an Emmy and was nominated for two Golden Globes. This versatile actress has been described as many things, from tough, sexy, and captivating, to resilient and being an unconventional beauty. She grew up in a working-class Jewish family. Her acting debut…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1998, Ellen won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Glory Marie Jackson on Before Women Had Wings.

    • One of her beauty secrets is getting at least 9 or 10 hours of sleep every night.

    • Ellen Barkin has the same birthday as Martin Lawrence, Lukas Haas, and Jon Cryer, among others.

    • Barkin had filmed a scene with Matt Damon in Ocean's 12 but it got cut. She has half-jokingly said that if that scene was included she probably would not have been able to do Ocean's 13, as she had used a foreign accent in the cut scene.

    • One of Barkin's favorite designers is L'Wren Scott.

    • Ellen Barkin: I like the idea that people think I've been naked so many more times than I have, because it seems to me like I've done my job. I just think, 'Great. If I hit it so strong that they thought I was naked, then good.'

    • Ellen Barkin received an Honorary Doctorite Degree of Fine Arts from Hunter College during their 191st commencement ceremony on June 8, 2005.

    • Barkin said in an interview that she often wears glasses because she has a condition that is causing her to lose vision in one of her eyes.

    • Ellen Barkin plays the only female lead in the movie "Ocean's Thirteen."

    • Barkin was married to Ron Perelman, the chairman of Revlon. Their marriage lasted almost six years, until in early 2006, Perelman wanted to end the marriage. This was unexpected by the actress, and a shaky divorce ensued.

    • Ellen Barkin is good friends with actress Julianne Moore.

    • Concerning political issues, Barkin is pro-choice.

  • Quotes

    • Ellen Barkin: The older I get the shorter I want my hair to be.

    • Ellen Barkin: I think I have an interesting kind of sexuality. It's not always what they want, out there in Hollywood. They tend to like the fragile girl more and I think my sexuality is more male than female.

    • Ellen Barkin: I want to look as good as I can for a 53-year-old. I don't want to look as good as I can for a 30-year-old. If you do that 'who's sexier' thing, I'm always going to go with Susan Sarandon or Meryl Streep. It's not just a physical thing. It kind of breaks my heart. I think, Why aren't you happy in your fifties? Why aren't you happy in your forties?

    • Ellen Barkin: I wouldn't take my clothes off, but I've only done that twice, contrary to what everyone in the world believes. I was never naked in Bad Company, I was fully clothed, with a dress on. I didn't have my clothes off in The Big Easy, Dennis Quaid did.

    • Ellen Barkin: (on being the only lead female in Ocean's 13) You just have all these guys, from Carl Reiner, to Casey Affleck, and everybody in between. And then there's you. It's kinda fabulous. (laughs)

    • Ellen Barkin: No more bare bodies in film scenes for me. For my children's sake, I must stop. The other kids at school keep throwing it up to my children, and they are not kind.

    • Ellen Barkin: Hollywood loves a girl who looks like men could make her cry. And I'm clearly not that. I'm a New York Jew from a working-class family. That's how tough I am.

    • Ellen Barkin: I like my looks, but they're certainly an acquired taste. I'm not a frothy, girly girl. I was never a pretty little starlet.

    • Ellen Barkin: People tend to remember my performances, not me.

    • Ellen Barkin: Acting is a matter of giving away secrets.