Joan Allen

Actor, Secretary
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Born: 08/20/1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

The Family 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Room 2015 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

A Good Marriage 2014 (Movie)

Darcy Anderson (Actor)

The Bourne Legacy 2012 (Movie)

Pamela Landy (Actor)

Georgia O'Keeffe 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh 2009 (Movie)

Narrator/Voice of Catherine Senesh (Narrator)

Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009 (Movie)

Cate (Actor)

Bonneville 2008 (Movie)

Carol Brimm (Actor)

Death Race 2008 (Movie)

Warden C. Hennessey (Actor)

The Quill Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

Dalton Trumbo (Actor)

The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 (Movie)

Pam Landy (Actor)

The Rape of Europa 2007 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Off the Map 2005 (Movie)

Arlene (Actor)

Upside of Anger 2005 (Movie)

Terry Wolfmeyer (Actor)

Yes 2005 (Movie)

She (Actor)

The Bourne Supremacy 2004 (Movie)

Pamela Landy (Actor)

The Notebook 2004 (Movie)

Anne Hamilton (Actor)

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

War Letters 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

It's The Rage 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Contender 2000 (Movie)

Laine Hanson (Actor)

When the Sky Falls 2000 (Movie)

Sinead Hamilton (Actor)

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Face/Off 1997 (Movie)

Eve Archer (Actor)

The Ice Storm 1997 (Movie)

Elena Hood (Actor)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

Elizabeth Proctor (Actor)

Mad Love 1995 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Pat Nixon (Actor)

Ethan Frome 1993 (Movie)

Zeena Frome (Actor)

Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

Bonnie Waitzkin (Actor)

In Country 1989 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

Vera Tucker (Actor)

Voices & Visions 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

All My Sons 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

Reba (Actor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Maddy Nagle (Actor)

Compromising Positions 1985 (Movie)

Mary Alice Mahoney (Actor)

Evergreen 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Luck (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mists Of Avalon (TV Show)

Actor

The Room Upstairs (TV Show)

Actor

Relationships

Dorothy Allen

Mother

Jeff Allen

Father
Died in 1995

David Allen

Brother
Born c. 1943

Lynn Allen

Sister
Born c. 1954

Mary Allen

Sister
Born c. 1940

Peter Friedman

Husband
Met when they appeared together in "And a Nightingale Sang" in 1983 married in 1990 appeared opposite Allen in the Broadway production of "The Heidi Chronicles" in 1988 separated in 2002

Sadie Friedman

Daughter
Born in 1994 father, Peter Friedman

EDUCATION

Rochelle Township High School

Rochelle , Illinois

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston , Illinois
Attended with John Malkovich

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb , Illinois 1976

Milestones

2016

Starred on the dramatic series "The Family"

2015

Co-starred in the Oscar-winning drama "Room"

2014

Starred in the thriller "A Good Marriage"

2012

Played the recurring role of Claire on the series "Luck"

2010

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2009

Portrayed the famed artist in the Lifetime movie, "Georgia O'Keeffe"; earned Golden Globe, SAG, and Emmy nominations in 2010 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

2008

Co-starred in Paul W.S. Anderson's remake of the 1975 film "Death Race"

2008

Co-starred in the drama, "Bonneville" with Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange

2007

Reprised her role as Pamela Landy in "The Bourne Ultimatum" starring Matt Damon

2005

Starred with Sam Elliott in "Off the Map" directed by Campbell Scott

2005

Starred as an alcoholic single mother of four in Mike Binder's "The Upside of Anger"; screened at sundance

2005

Starred as an Irish-American scientist who begins a passionate love affair with Middle-Eastern man in Sally Potter's "Yes"

2004

Featured in the film "The Notebook" directed by Nick Cassavetes

2004

Starred as CIA director, Pamela Landy in "The Bourne Supremacy" based on the novel by Robert Ludlum

2001

Cast alongside Anjelica Huston and Samantha Mathis in the TNT miniseries "The Mists of Avalon"

2000

Starred in the fictionalized biopic of slain Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, "Though the Sky Falls" (aired in USA on Cinemax)

2000

Portrayed a prospective US Vice President stained by a sexual scandal in "The Contender"; reteamed with Jeff Bridges who played the US President; earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination

1999

Provided a voice for "New York: A Documentary Film" (PBS' "The American Experience")

1999

Had featured role as Daniels' wife in "It's the Rage/All the Rage"; screened at the Toronto Film Festival

1998

Played yet another repressed housewife who blossoms in the satirical "Pleasantville"; first film with Jeff Daniels; played sitcom mother whose "son" was portrayed by Tobey Maguire

1997

Co-starred with Kevin Kline in Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm"; played Tobey Maguire's mother

1997

Portrayed John Travolta's wife in "Face/Off"

1996

Earned second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as Daniel Day-Lewis' severe wife in "The Crucible"

1995

Breakthrough screen role as Pat Nixon in Oliver Stone's biopic "Nixon"; earned first Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1993

Played mother of young chess prodigy (and Joe Mantegna's wife) in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"

1991

Essayed the role of Sarah Brady (wife of James Brady) in HBO's "Without Warning: The James Brady Story" co-starring Beau Bridges

1989

Was Emily Lloyd's mother in Norman Jewison's "In Country"

1988

Nominated for a Tony as Heidi Holland in Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles"; appeared opposite future husband Peter Friedman

1988

Portrayed Jeff Bridges' wife in Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"

1987

Broadway debut, "Burn This"; co-starred with John Malkovich; won a Tony for Best Actress

1987

Starred as Ann Deever in "American Playhouse" presentation of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" (PBS)

1986

First film with director Francis Ford Coppola, "Peggy Sue Got Married"

1985

Screen acting debut, "Compromising Positions"

1985

TV debut in miniseries, "Evergreen" (NBC); her character aged from a teenager to a 50-year-old

1983

Made Off-Broadway debut in a New York production of "And a Nightingale Sang"

1978

Accepted John Malkovich's invitation to join Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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Worked as secretary at an educational film company while she was acting with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

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Began participating in theater in high school after failing to make it as a cheerleader.

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Chose not to spend much time with her young co-star Jacob Tremblay prior to filming on "Room" in order to make their characters' introduction feel more real.

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"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." - from The Guardian, July 23, 2005

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"The movie industry, I think, has really taken a turn and a hit since the recession. There’s more interesting material in television these days, even for men, but really for women. I think the types of stories that are being told on television now are layered and complex, and what I’m getting to do on this TV show I would not get to do in a movie; I’m reveling in that and I’m grateful for it." - from Entertainment Weekly, March 3, 2016

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