Joan has been nominated for two Golden Globes. In 1997, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for The Crucible. In 2001 she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for The Contender.
In 2002, Joan was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Mists of Avalon.
Joan was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1996 for her movie Nixon. The category was "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role". In 2001, she was also nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role" for The Contender.
For the movie When the Sky Falls, Joan enlisted the help of the accent coach who also helped Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love. She spent half an hour each morning to rehearse the Dublin accent needed for her character in the film.
Allen co-produced the movie Pushers Needed by Arclight Films in 2005.
Joan Allen appears in the cover of filmmaker Helena Lumme's hardcover book "Great Women of Film" which features 30 women who have made a mark in the film industry.
Joan stands five feet and ten inches tall. She is left-handed.
Joan's parents are Jeff Allen, a gas station operator, and Dorothy Allen.
Joan took a job as a secretary at an educational film company in order to pay her bills.
Joan Allen has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Nixon in 1996, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Crucible in 1997, and Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Contender in 2001.
In 1990, Joan married actor Peter Friedman. The couple separated in 2002.
Joan: (on her Oscar nomination for "The Contender") It's just wonderful to be nominated. You're one of just five women in the world and it's been so beneficial to my career. I got to meet some wonderful people. To be able to go up to Ellen Burstyn and say, 'I've loved your work for years'. That was just great.
Joan: (on her portrayal of the first female vice-president in "The Contender" in 2000) It's true. I was queuing up to vote in our election last year and some people were saying, 'I want you, you're the one I want', and I was like, 'It's just a role'.
Joan: (on meeting John Malkovich for the first time) I was really drawn to him and probably terrified at the same time. I didn't know what to make of him because I was just this naive little gal from a small town in northern Illinois.
Joan: (on the people she worked with at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) It was the most amazing, talented group. We could pick our seasons, cast who we wanted. I thought I was the luckiest person in the world. And that group of people is responsible for who I am today.
Joan: (on her role in "The Bourne Supremacy") It was one of the hardest roles I've ever done. The language was so unemotional it was almost impossible for me to memorize.
Joan: I just try and do the best with every role I get to do. Hopefully the experience in itself is a good experience and people will want to work with me.
Joan: I think in someways doing film is a little bit more parent friendly. It's less of a commitment and in someways that sort of facilities my personal life a little bit better in someways.
Joan: I was always much more shy. All I knew was that I loved to act. But I don't know about the other part of it. I'm not sure I had the chutzpah to go and prove yourself.
Joan: I'm hard to pin down. I tend to look different in films. I get recognised sometimes. But I just live my life. I get on the bus, I get on the subway, it's not a problem. I think of myself more as a character actor than that ingenue leading lady, who started out something like Michelle Pfeiffer, or Jessica Lange. I'm a bit quirkier than that.
Joan: I think the people who cast films tend to think of me in regard to strong women with integrity and a lot of it has been very good.