Joan Allen

Joan Allen, A student at Eastern Illinois University and later Northern Illinois University, Joan Allen co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Troupe alongside John Malkovich. Her breakthrough came in 1985 with the miniseries "Evergreen" and her film debut in the comedy "Compromising Positions" alongside Susan Sarandon. She gained notice as a blind victim in Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (1986), and worked twice under Francis Ford Coppola's direction in "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986) and "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988). She also portrayed Bruce Willis's former wife in Norman Jewison's drama "In Country" (1989).
In 1995, Allen's career soared when she portrayed Nixon's troubled wife in Oliver Stone's film. The following year, she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Crucible" (1996). Celebrated for her sensitive performances, she contributed to acclaimed films like "The Ice Storm" (1997), "Face/Off" (1997), and "Pleasantville" (1998). Known for her portrayals of strong women, she played Senator Laine Hanson in "The Contender" (2000) and CIA agent Pamela Landy in Paul Greengrass's Jason Bourne trilogy.
Beyond mainstream cinema, Allen appeared in more intimate films, starring in the romantic drama "Yes" (2004) alongside Simon Abkarian, and opposite Kevin Costner in the bittersweet comedy "The Upside of Anger" (2005). She embarked on a road trip with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates in "Bonneville" (2008), and in 2009, she explored an unusual bond between man and dog in "Hachi: A Dog's Tale". In 2012, Allen reprised her role as Pam Landy in "The Bourne Legacy", marking her fourth portrayal of the character.a



The Notebook (2004)

- Anne Hamilton