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Ellen Burstyn to guest on Law & Order SVU

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 12th 2008 9:01PM
Burstyn EllenRecently, we told you about James Brolin appearing in a guest role on Law & Order: SVU, as a man from Elliot's past. Now, there'll be even more development for Christopher Meloni's character when Ellen Burstyn shows up on SVU to play Stabler's mother.

Oh, and she's not your button-downed, upright all together mom. She's bipolar, which is to say that she has a serious psychological disorder.

TVGuide.com reported that it learned that Ms. Burstyn's guest role will be very dramatic -- "explosive" -- and is slated for one episode. Thinking about what's been happening on SVU, the major storyline for Elliot has been revolving around his wife Kathy having another child.

The baby has brought the Stablers back together after a separation. Could Elliot's mother be coming to New York to see her new grandchild and something else go wrong? Hmm...

Oscar-winner Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore) has been busy on the big screen as well as TV. She's a four-time Emmy nominee, including one this year as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for HBO's Big Love. She was great as Barb's mother, but I think she's likely to lose the Emmy to Cynthia Nixon, ironically, for a role she had on SVU in 2007, as a severely disturbed woman with multiple personalities.

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Ellen appeared tonight (4/22/2012) as an old dying woman in "Who stole the teardrop earing?" (That may not be the exact title but it's close.) I could not believe how old the makeup artists made her look. I recognized her right away and though her part was minor, she played it beautifully.

April 23 2012 at 4:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ellen is one of the best American actresses today. I'll really be looking forward to seeing her on one of my favorite shows. I just read her autobiography. She's not only a great actress, but also smart and interesting.

August 13 2008 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So with Benson being a product of a rape and Goren's mother, it seems like the L&O detectives have some mommy problems. Is this the equivalent of Lost's daddy issues?

August 13 2008 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Elliot had a very abusive father, so if his mother shows up and she's bi-polar I can see him easily going over the top. That should be very interesting!

August 12 2008 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

2009 Emmy Nom for Ellen Burstyn, performance unseen!

August 12 2008 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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