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Stage and Screen Acting Legend - Ellen Burstyn
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18 February 2010

Stage and Screen Acting Legend - Ellen BurstynEdna Rae Gillooly, better known as Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit Michigan on December 7th, 1932. When Ellen Burstyn was in High School she spent a great deal of her time dancing, cheerleading and was even on the student council. She also spent some time modeling for a local department store. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an actress so she devoted a lot of her time to her craft.

Ellen Burstyn eventually decided that an academic education was not in the cards for her so she quit school in 1950 to get married. This marriage only lasted five years. When the marriage was over she began to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She eventually found work in a Montreal Nightclub as a dancer and in 1957 she landed the leading role in a play called Fair Game.

Ellen Burstyn appeared to have a natural gift for acting, her role in Fair Game was granted many positive reviews. However, stage performing was not enough for her so she went on to conquer Hollywood next and she managed to land guest roles on a couple of television series using the name Ellen McCrae. She got married to Neil Burstyn during this time and had a son with him in 1962.

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Biography of Al Pacino
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17 February 2010

Biography of Al PacinoAlfredo James Pacino better known simply as Al Pacino was born on April 25th, 1940. He is best known for his film work in the Godfather Trilogy and Scarface.

Life was not always easy for Al Pacino, his parents divorced when he was only two years old. His early years were a time of great struggle. He didnt do well in school and in fact dropped out when he was 17 because he was failing almost everything except English. His mother was not impressed with his decision and as a result of this he moved out of her house.

Al Pacino knew from early on that he wanted to be an actor and the only way he was going to succeed at this was to take acting lessons. He worked at many low paying public service positions in order to finance his dream. At this stage in his life it was not uncommon for him to be completely unemployed and at some points even homeless.

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