At 84, Ellen Burstyn Is Entering Her Second Act In Hollywood

Never stop reaching new career heights.

Never say never.

Ellen Burstyn is who you want to be when you grow up. She's an actress who's enjoyed a fruitful, award-winning career that began in the 1970s and is just a Grammy away from an EGOT.

Impressive, right? Well, she ain't even close to being done yet.

At 84 years young, Burstyn is set to make her directorial debut with the dark comedy Bathing Flo, which was inspired by a true story about a man named Danny, whose down and out when he's offered the opportunity to house-sit in exchange for free rent. But nothing in life is free and Danny finds himself forced to live with an unexpected roommate named Flo, who is played by Burstyn. Oh, did we forget to mention she's also co-starring in the film?

It would appear as though Burstyn is in a class all her own, but that's not the case. While the expansion of her impressive résumé to now include director is pioneering and inspiring, Burstyn in on a path paved by other octogenarian filmmakers such as Takeo Kimura, who made his directorial debut in 2008 at the tender age of 90 with his release, Dreaming Awake.

Still, it's a small class of go-getters that aren't sweating the aging stuff enough to make it stop them from setting and accomplishing new goals. I'll have what they're having.

With Burstyn's latest project set to begin production in New York in the spring, she's gearing up to tackle yet another career challenge. If her record is any indicator of how she'll do, the Oscar-winning star of Martin Scorsese's Alice, who just recently received her fourth Academy Award nomination for Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, will do just fine.  

She was once quoted as saying, "When you recognize what your talents are, a happy life is developing them to the greatest extent you can."

(H/T: The Hollywood Reporter)

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