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Emma Roberts Bio
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.
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." (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
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". (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Hoffman, Jan (April 4, 1993). "Film; Ellen Barkin: Is She Difficult Or Just Straight Outta Queens?". The New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2008. (Source: en.wikipedia.org New York Times (September 25, 2012). "Ellen Barkin on her 'New Normal' role". SFGate. Retrieved October 15, 2012. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))
^ Richard Johnson; Paula Froelich; Bill Hoffmann; Debra Rosen; Corynne Steindler "Ellen Wants More From Ron" New York Post, August 3, 2007 (Source: en.wikipedia.org)