Joan Allen

Biography: Joan Allen is the daughter of Jeff and Dorothy Allen. She has two sisters, Mary and Lynn, and a brother, David. She attended Rochelle Township High School and was voted most likely to succeed. She later attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and later Northern Illinois University. Allen, along with Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich, founded Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she began her professional career. She also studied theater at Eastern Illinois University. On Broadway, she received a Tony Award for her performance opposite John Malkovich in Burn This (1987) by Lanford Wilson, and was nominated for The Heidi Chronicles (1989). Off-Broadway, she won an Obie for her starring role in The Marriage of Bette & Boo. She reprised her Steppenwolf Theatre role in And A Nightingale Sang, receiving the Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for her performance. Allen debuted on the big screen withJoan Allen is the daughter of Jeff and Dorothy Allen. She has two sisters, Mary and Lynn, and a brother, David. She attended Rochelle Township High School and was voted most likely to succeed. She later attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and later Northern Illinois University. Allen, along with Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich, founded Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she began her professional career. She also studied theater at Eastern Illinois University. On Broadway, she received a Tony Award for her performance opposite John Malkovich in Burn This (1987) by Lanford Wilson, and was nominated for The Heidi Chronicles (1989). Off-Broadway, she won an Obie for her starring role in The Marriage of Bette & Boo. She reprised her Steppenwolf Theatre role in And A Nightingale Sang, receiving the Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for her performance. Allen debuted on the big screen with Compromising Positions (1985). Since then she has appeared in several movies opposite big names in Hollywood and has also received critical acclaim for some of her performances. She has also appeared on television, co-starring with Anjelica Huston in the TV miniseries Mists of Avalon, based on the bestselling novel about the women behind King Arthur. She married actor Peter Friedman in 1990 but the couple separated in 2002. Together they have a daughter, Sadie, born in March of 1994. She travels back to her hometown of Rochelle, Illinois every summer to spend time working with aspiring actors and actresses. Expand

Joan Allen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 63
Highest Metascore: 85 The Bourne Ultimatum
Lowest Metascore: 39 All the Rage
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
21 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
68 Off the Map Mar 11, 2005 Arlene 8.9
71 Pleasantville Oct 23, 1998 Betty Parker 8.5
72 The Ice Storm Sep 26, 1997 Elena Hood 8.4
53 The Notebook Jun 25, 2004 Anne Hamilton 8.3
82 Face/Off Jun 27, 1997 Dr. Eve Archer 8.3
78 Manhunter Aug 22, 1986 Reba McClane 8.1
66 Nixon Dec 20, 1995 Pat Nixon 8.1
55 Yes Jun 24, 2005 She 8.0
73 The Bourne Supremacy Jul 23, 2004 Pamela Landy 7.9
85 The Bourne Ultimatum Aug 3, 2007 Pam Landy 7.8
63 The Upside of Anger Mar 11, 2005 Terry Ann Wolfmeyer 7.8
77 The Rape of Europa Sep 14, 2007 Narrator 7.6
74 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Aug 12, 1988 Vera Tucker 7.6
59 The Contender Oct 13, 2000 Laine Hanson 7.1
71 Trumbo Jun 27, 2008 Herself 7.0
39 All the Rage Jul 7, 2000 Helen 7.0
43 Death Race Aug 22, 2008 Hennessey 6.8
61 The Bourne Legacy Aug 10, 2012 Pam Landy 6.1
43 Stephen King’s A Good Marriage Oct 3, 2014 Darcy / Darcy Anderson 5.3
46 Bonneville Feb 29, 2008 Carol 4.8
49 Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh Jan 28, 2009 Narrator tbd