Birth Name: Joan Allen
Birth Place: Rochelle, Illinois, USA
Born on Aug. 20, 1956 in Rochelle, IL, Allen was raised the youngest of four surviving children of her father, Jeff, a gas station operator, and her mother, Dorothy, a homemaker. An almost pathologically shy child, Allen eventually found the courage to come out of her shell when she discovered acting. Theater allowed her to be outrageous, express sorrow and anger - in short, to be anything but the good Midwestern girl of her upbringing. After graduating from Rochelle Township High School, she attended Eastern Illinois University, where she made the fortuitous acquaintance of John Malkovich. Allen left EIU for Northern Illinois University, where she earned her bachelor's in theater in 1976. N...
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