Joan Allen is an American actress, who has worked in theatre, film and television. She is a Tony Award winner, and a three-time Academy Award nominee.
Allen began her acting career in 1977 with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She made her Broadway debut in the 1987 original production of the play Burn This, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She also received a Tony Award nomination for her role in the 1988 original production of The Heidi Chronicles.
She has received three Academy Award nominations; she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Nixon and The Crucible, and for Best Actress for The Contender. Her other films include Manhunter, Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, In Country, The Ice Storm, Face/Off, Pleasantville, The Notebook, The Bourne Supremacy The Bourne Ultimatum, Death Race and The Bourne Legacy.