You Can Thank Me Later

About the Cast

Ellen Burstyn (As Shirley Cooperberg), is a five-time Oscar-nominated veteran actress who garnered the coveted Academy Award in 1974 for her memorable role in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Born in Detroit to a middle-class Irish family, she left home at 18 to work as a model in New York and Texas under the name Edna Rae (her real name is Edna Rae Gillooly). Coincidentally, her time in Montreal working on You Can Thank Me Later is a homecoming of sorts; Burstyn danced in a Montreal nightclub chorus line during the 1950’s. In 1957, she cracked the Broadway lineup when she appeared in the play Fair Game. In the mid-1960’s, during which time she was already appearing in film and on television, she began using the name that has become renowned with fans worldwide. Burstyn’s big break occurred after she had studied acting with Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio, a legendary institution she remains associated with to this very day. It is her professionalism, combined with an uncanny intuition for choosing winning projects, that sets Burstyn apart from many of her peers. Her Oscar nominations came for The Last Picture Show (1971), The Exorcist (1973), Same Time Next Year (1973) and Resurrection (1980). Burstyn’s other credits include A Dream of Passion, Tropic of Cancer, Harry and Tonto, Hanna’s War, Dying Young, The Cemetery Club, The Baby-Sitter’s Club, How to Make an American Quilt and Roommates.

Ted Levine (as Eli), is a reformed hippie who went to college in Vermont before falling for the allure of repertory theatre in Chicago, is generally known as an on-screen heavy, playing in such films as Silence of the Lambs, as serial killer Buffalo Bill, and in Bullet, The Mangler, Nowhere to Run, Betrayed and Ironweed. But recently the tide of role-types has begun to turn, as witnessed in Levine’s law-abiding part in the acclaimed feature Heat, a loving husband and father in Georgia and a deputy pursuing a serial killer in Hunting Down. Levine’s other credits include the recent Flubber, Mad City, Switchback, Everything Changes and Love at Large. Acting is in his blood and Levine is proactive in his pursuits of it, having founded a performance group in Michigan after his college days and spending as much time as possible these days with the Steppenwolf Troupe, founded in Chicago by John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.

Amanda Plummer (as Susan), is one of the field’s most talented actresses. In fact, it was Plummer’s enthusiasm for the project, and their respect for her, that attracted many of the other actors to You Can Thank Me Later. Plummer is extremely multifaceted, whether called upon to portray an artist, killer, crazied thief, heroine or off-balanced resident of Stephen King’s fictitious small town of Castle Rock. Recently awarded her second Emmy (the first for her work in Miss Rose White, as a concentration camp survivor) for a chilling episode of The Outer Limits, Plummer has made her mark on many genres in both film and television. Her impressive film credits include The World According to Garp, Daniel, The Hotel New Hampshire, Made in Heaven, Joe Versus the Volcano, The Fisher King, So I Married An Axe Murderer, Needful Things, Pulp Fiction, The Prophecy, The Final Cut, The Right to Remain Silent and Freeway. Plummer has also played good, sensitive roles on such TV films as The Dollmaker, the PBS specials The Story of a Marriage and Gryphon. She also had a recurring role as a mentally-handicapped young woman on L.A. Law. She is the daughter of veteran Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and actress Tammy Grimes.

Mark Blum (as Edward), is a talented actor who specializes in strong character roles and really excels as part of an ensemble cast. With several Broadway roles to his credit, Blum has also worked in television (Wings and NYPD Blue among others) and film, including such hit features as Crocodile Dundee, Desperately Seeking Susan, Blind Date, Presidio and Miami Rhapsody. Other roles include those in Stag, Indictment, Worth Winning and Lovesick.

Mary McDonnell (as Diane), is another Oscar-nominated actress who burns up the screen with stellar performances wherever she appears. From huge budget hits such as Independence Day, as the President’s doomed wife Marilyn, and as the white woman raised by the Sioux in Dances With Wolves (Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, 1991 Movie Award and Golden Globe nomination), to acclaimed features like Passion Fish (Best Actress Oscar nomination) Joshua Tree, Sneakers, Grand Canyon, Matewan and Garbo Talks, McDonnell has certainly impressed. She recently completed Mariette in Ecstasy. Her television roles include flamboyant publisher Dott Emerson on the latter-day CBS series High Society, as well as the Showtime movie Woman Undone and the TNT adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock.

Macha Grenon (as Linda) has continuously impressed the Quebec public with her interpretation of complex and diversified roles in both English and French. Her award-winning performances as Stephanie Rousseau, a tough and beautiful journalist in Quebec’s most successful drama series Scoop I-IV, also led to her being voted “Favorite Actress” by the “People’s Choice” awards. Her impressive credits include principal roles in critically acclaimed films such as The Myth of the Male Orgasm, The Pianist, L’Homme Ideal and La Conciergerie.

Genevieve Bujold (as Joelle), has been unforgettable on screen in a variety of roles since she received her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her part in the early-1970’s film Anne of a Thousand Days. After receiving her training at the Quebec Conservatory of Dramatic Art, Bujold was sighted by Alain Resnais performing in a touring theatre company and was cast in his La guerre est finie with Yves Montand. A lengthy string of credits quickly followed, showcasing her versatility each time. Whether in disaster films like Earthquake, period epics like Kamouraska, thrillers like Coma, Obsession and Tightrope or macabre hits like Dead Ringers, Bujold has done it all. Most recently, she starts opposite Parker Posie and Tori Spelling in the House of Yes, which has enjoyed rave reviews.


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