Joan Allen

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Joan Allen
JoanAllenpic.jpg
Allen at the Sundance Film Festival, January 2005
Born(1956-08-20) August 20, 1956 (age 58)
Rochelle, Illinois, USA
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Peter Friedman (1990-2002: divorced)
ChildrenSadie (b. 1994)
 
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Joan Allen
JoanAllenpic.jpg
Allen at the Sundance Film Festival, January 2005
Born(1956-08-20) August 20, 1956 (age 58)
Rochelle, Illinois, USA
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Peter Friedman (1990-2002: divorced)
ChildrenSadie (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. She also lent her voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, Alexander played the character of Deborah. The project also featured a large ensemble of well known Hollywood actors including Jim Caviezel, Lou Gossett Jr., John Rhys-Davies, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Christopher McDonald, Marissa Tomei and John Schneider.[10][11]

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.[12]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983Say Goodnight, GracieTelevision movie
1985Compromising PositionsMary Alice Mahoney
1985EvergreenIris FriedmanTelevision movie
1986ManhunterReba McClane
1986ZeistersLala
1986Peggy Sue Got MarriedMaddy Nagle
1987All My SonsAnn DeeverTelevision movie
1987Room Upstairs, TheThe Room UpstairsEllieTelevision movie
1988Tucker: The Man and His DreamVera Tucker
1989In CountryIrene
1991Without Warning: The James Brady StorySarah BradyTelevision movie
1993Ethan FromeZeena Frome
1993Searching for Bobby FischerBonnie Waitzkin
1993Josh and S.A.M.Caroline Whitney
1995Mad LoveMargaret Roberts
1995NixonPat NixonBoston 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
1996Crucible, TheThe CrucibleElizabeth ProctorBroadcast 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
1997Ice Storm, TheThe Ice StormElena HoodNominated—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
1997Face/OffDr. Eve ArcherNominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Action/Adventure
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998PleasantvilleBetty ParkerBoston 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
1999All The RageHelen
2000When the Sky FallsSinead Hamilton
2000Contender, TheThe ContenderSenator Laine Billings HansonBroadcast 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
2001Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of AvalonMorgauseTV
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2003Off the MapArlene
2004Notebook, TheThe NotebookAnn Hamilton
2004Bourne Supremacy, TheThe Bourne SupremacyCIA Dep. Dir. Pamela Landy
2004YesSheSeattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2005Upside of Anger, TheThe Upside of AngerTerry Ann WolfmeyerChicago 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
2006BonnevilleCarol
2007Bourne Ultimatum, TheThe Bourne UltimatumCIA Dep. Dir. Pamela Landy
2008Death RacePrison Warden HennesseyNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009Hachi: A Dog's TaleKate Wilson
2009Georgia O'KeeffeGeorgia O'KeeffeNominated—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
2009The Word of Promise Audio BibleDeborah (voice)Audio play voice-over
2011The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[13]Delphine (voice)Video Game voice-over
2012LuckClaire LachayTV Series
2012The Bourne LegacyCIA Dep. Dir. Pamela LandyCameo
2014A Good MarriageDarcy Anderson
2014The KillingColonel Margaret RayneSeason 4 6 episodes U.S. TV Series

Theatre[edit]

Steppenwolf Theatre Company[edit]

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. ^ "The Word of Promise: Cast". 
  11. ^ Groves, Martha (November 16, 2009). "BELIEFS : Stars lined up for elaborate audio Bible : Michael York, Jason Alexander and many others gave voice to a 79-CD reading of Old and New Testaments". Los Angeles Times. 
  12. ^ Hegberg, Carol (11 April 2005). "With three new movies Rochelle native Joan Allen is making her mark". The Daily Chronicle. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  13. ^ http://www.gamefront.com/the-spectacular-skyrim-voice-cast-includes-joan-allen/

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