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Biography #2 (for The Notebook)

Three-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen is one of the film world's busiest actresses.

She will next be seen in The Bourne Supremacy for director Paul Greengrass, starring opposite Matt Damon. She will be seen in Yes, for writer-director Sally Potter, and Off the Map, directed by Campbell Scott and co-starring Sam Elliott. She most recently wrapped production on The Upside of Anger for director/writer Mike Binder, starring opposite Kevin Costner, Evan Rachel Wood, Erika Christensen, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt. The film is scheduled to be released by New Line Cinema in late 2004.

Allen starred in The Contender opposite Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman and Christian Slater and directed by Rod Lurie, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, an Independent Spirit Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Allen starred in Pleasantville opposite William H. Macy and Jeff Daniels, which earned her several critics awards. Her role opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the smash hit film Face/Off earned her critical kudos as well as Blockbuster and MTV Movie Awards. Her emotionally devastating role in The Ice Storm opposite Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver, also earned her several critics awards.

In 1996, Allen starred in Oliver Stone's Nixon, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also won 7 critics association awards, including the L.A. Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Allen received her second consecutive Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination in 1997 for her role opposite Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Allen has appeared in numerous other feature films including Compromising Positions, Peggy Sue Got Married, Manhunter, Tucker: The Man And His Dream, Ethan Frome, Josh and S.A.M., In Country, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Mad Love, It's the Rage, and When the Sky Falls.

Allen is also one of the New York theater world's most honored actresses and winner of every major prize for her work on and off-Broadway. She received the Best Actress Tony Award for her performance opposite John Malkovich in Lanford Wilson's Burn This, and was nominated in the same category for the title role in The Heidi Chronicles. Off-Broadway she starred in The Marriage of Bette & Boo (for which she won the Obie Award), and reprised her Steppenwolf Theatre/Joseph Jefferson Award-winning role in And A Nightingale Sang, for which she received the Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. Off-Broadway she also starred in Delores and The Heidi Chronicles. An original member of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Allen starred in their production of Burn This, Earthly Possessions, Reckless, A Lesson From Aloes (Joseph Jefferson Award), Balm in Gilead and Of Mice and Men.

Allen recently received an Emmy nomination for the Mists of Avalon, opposite Anjelica Huston and Julianna Margulies, for TNT.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "The Notebook" (27-Jun-2004)

Biography #3

Joan Allen is one of today's busiest and most respected actresses. A two-time Academy Award nominee, Allen gained her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Oliver Stone's Nixon. Her portrayal of Pat Nixon also brought her awards from a number of critics organizations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics. The next year, she earned another Best Supporting Actress Oscar' nod for her role in The Crucible, for which she also garnered a Golden Globe nomination and won a Broadcast Film Critics Award.

Allen has more recently been honored by critics for her work in Pleasantville and The Ice Storm, and also starred with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the hit thriller Face/Off. Her additional film credits include It's the Rage, Mad Love, Ethan Frome, Josh and 5A.M., Searching for Bobby Fischer, In Country, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Manhunter, Peggy Sue Got Married and Compromising Positions.

Also an accomplished stage actress, Allen won a Best Actress Tony Award for her work on Broadway in Lanford Wilson's Burn This, and was Tony-nominated for her performance in The Heidi Chronicles. Off-Broadway, she received an Obie Award for The Marriage of Bette & Boo. In addition, she won the Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for And a Nightingale Sang in the role she originated with Chicago's renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and for which she had won a Joseph Jefferson Award. An original member of Steppenwolf, Allen also received a Joseph Jefferson Award for her work in A Lesson From Aloes.

Allen will next be seen in the television miniseries The Mists of Avalon, with Anjelica Huston.

updated 01-Jan-2000