Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show" was Burstyn's big film break and earned her a Oscar nomination. In 1973, she was nominated again, this time for playing Linda Blair's mother in "The Exorcist." She finally received an Oscar for her portrayal of a waitress in 1974's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Burstyn was featured on TV for much of the 1980s and 1990's, mostly in TV movies, though she landed her own short-lived comedy series in 1986.
More recently she starred in 2002's "The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood," and NBC's critically acclaimed but short-lived series "The Book of Daniel."
In 2006, Burstyn received an Emmy nod for her 11-second appearance as "Ex-Lover #3" in the HBO miniseries "Mrs. Harris," a nomination that puzzled many Hollywood insiders.