Birth Name: Ellen Barkin
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA
Ellen Barkin was born on April 16, 1954 into a working-class Jewish family in South Bronx, NY. Her father was a salesman for Fuller Brush who also worked as an usher at Yankee Stadium; her mother was an administrative assistant at Jamaica Hospital. Always a rebellious child, Barkin once protested her parents' refusal to let her go to Woodstock by staying up all night dropping acid. At 15, she spent a great deal of time hanging out in Greenwich Village and, on a lark, auditioned for the High School of Performing Arts. Though accepted, her teachers felt her chances at succeeding were slim at best, citing that she had "a little talent, but no spark." After studying at the school for three years...
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