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After her leading-lady film debut in Next Stop Greenwich Village , Ellen's career was steady but unspectacular until she was cast as airheaded heroine Audrey in the Broadway musical hit Little Shop of Horrors. She was among the few cast members to recreate her role for the screen version; so winning was her performance in this film and the subsequent Talk Radio , that critics and pundits predicted major stardom. So far as Ellen was concerned, she was already a star, and behaved accordingly. Cast as a neurotic rock 'n' roller-turned-evangelist in the TV movie Glory! Greene became difficult and demanding, throwing her weight around in a manner suggesting that she been on top long enough to be permitted this behavior. Evidently her imperiousness paid off; Glory! After Glory!
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Check out our breakdown of the movies and shows we're excited about this month, including " Lovecraft Country. See our picks list. Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Sign In. Down this week. Ellen Greene was performing as a nightclub singer in several New York City clubs and treading the boards in New York City theater before her friend and mentor, filmmaker Paul Mazursky cast her in her first motion picture, Next Stop, Greenwich Village , she was awarded the part of Sarah, opposite Lenny Baker.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, she attended Cewjin Camps where she first began to perform in musicals, before becoming a nightclub singer and cabaret artist. Here she caught the attention of various producers, including Joseph Papp, who cast her in a number of roles, and Paul Mazursky, who got her a first major role in a film; Next Stop, Greenwich Village. She would have a number of film appearances after this, including Leon and The Cooler. She also made appearances in a number of television programmes, including voices in Out of Jimmy's Head and Vivian Charles in Pushing Daisies. However it was on stage that Greene had her greatest successes, most famously creating the role of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors which she reprised for the film and a number of off-Broadway plays. Greene had an extensive singing career, both on stage and screen, notably gaining her first lead in Rachael Lily Rosenbloom And Don't You Ever Forget It , which unfortunately closed before its official opening. Her next venture was more successful, playing Jenny Diver in the revival of The Threepenny Opera , earning her a Tony Award nomination. Sign In Don't have an account?