Joan Allen Overview

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Born: August 20, 1956

Most of the film world audience didn't really know who this Rochelle, Illinois native was until she scored back-to-back Oscar nominations for Nixon and The Crucible. That's because Allen was most often to be found on the stage where she garnered numerous awards for her work, including a 1989 Tony for her Broadway debut in Burn This. "I didn't do films until my late twenties," she says. "I was so entrenched in theater, I didn't know how to act in front of a camera." But she has since made up for... See All

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