Born‌ ‌on‌ ‌April‌ ‌16:‌ ‌Ellen Barkin, the, the star of Switch (1991)

Ellen Barkin laughing

Happy Birthday to Ellen Barkin! She is 66 years old today. Her big break was in Switch for which she was nominated for several awards. She also played a number of other movies, my personal favorites being Down by Law and The Big Easy. More recently she played the leading role of Janine “Smurf” Cody on the Animal Kingdom series. As a producer she was involved in three movies: Another Happy Day, Shit Year, Letters to Juliet.

“Barkin was born in The Bronx, New York, the daughter of Evelyn (née Rozin), a hospital administrator who worked at Jamaica Hospital, and Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman. Her family were Jewish emigrants from Siberia and the Belarusian-Polish border.” (Wikipedia) “We were very much working-class Jews in a very mixed ethnic neighborhood.” (SFGate)

Check her IMDB or wikipedia page or her Twitter account for more information.

Here she is in the opening scene of Down By Law:

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