Happy birthday Ellen Barkin! The actress most recently seen in the role of unscrupulous real estate broker Mitzi Roth on ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ turns 58 today.
Barkin is a New York native, raised in Queens and a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan and Hunter College. She emerged on the Hollywood scene as Beth in "Diner" in 1982, and subsequently played the leading lady in such blockbusters as "The Big Easy" and "Sea of Love." She married fellow actor Gabriel Bryne in 1988 (they were in divorced in 1999), and is also known for a rocky marriage with businessman Ron Perelman that received a great deal of media attention. Most recently, she made her debut on Broadway in the play "The Normal Heart" (and scored a Tony), and has begun producing her own films.
For photos, clips, and interviews with Barkin, check out the slideshow below:
Ellen Barkin in her break-out role in "Diner" (1982)
'The Big Easy' (1986)
Four years later Barkin starred alongside Dennis Quaid in "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092654/" target="_hplink">The Big Easy</a>," a crime drama which 'captivated audiences with its saucy blend of New Orleans nightlife, steamy romance and sultry suspense' (Lionsgate).
Marriage to fellow actor Gabriel Byrne (1988-1999)
The couple had two children together, a son Jack Daniel and daughter Romy Marion, and <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/ellen-barkin--still-a-natural-blonde-thriller-2027445.html" target="_hplink">according to this interview with the UK Independent</a>, remain great friends.
'Sea of Love' (1989)
Barkin as Helen Cruger in "Sea of Love" (1989)
Barkin on 'David Letterman' (1993)
Marriage to Ronald Perelman (2000-2006)
In 2000 Barkin married wealthy businessman Ronald Perelman, ushering in a fallow period in her career. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/magazine/mag-24barkin-t.html" target="_hplink">As reported in The New York Times</a>, the marriage was "[endlessly] depicted in the press as...turbulent," and Barkin looks back on herself at the time as "extremely naive for someone who considers herself to be a very smart, savvy, cynical New York broad."
'Ocean's 13' (2007)
One year after her split with Perelman, Barkin appeared alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon in "Ocean's 13."
Backstage at the 2011 Tony Awards
In 2011, Barkin made her Broadway debut in <a href="http://www.thenormalheartbroadway.com/index.php" target="_hplink">"The Normal Heart,"</a> scoring a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Here she talks about preparing for her challenging role and offers advice for actors.
'Another Happy Day' (2011)
Ellen Barkin attends a screening of "Another Happy Day," which she produced, at Sunshine Landmark on November 14, 2011 in New York City.
Barkin Gets Political
Until a recent hiatus, Barkin was vociferous in her political commentary on Twitter, sparking heated responses to her tweets from fellow users. She <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/ellen-barkin-another-happy-day_n_1084442.html" target="_hplink">told The Huffington Post in November </a>that she '[credits] Fox News with being at the forefront of the destruction of the world we live in.'
Barkin on 'Chelsea Lately' (2011)
The "Another Happy Day" star explains why she hates taking showers, why she wanted to wear pajamas to the premiere and more.