A seemingly legit businesswoman in a Southern California beach town, Smurf is really the provocative matriarch of a close-knit crime family composed of her four grown sons. One moment coddling, the next menacing, the unpredictable and manipulative Smurf has a warped emotional hold over "her boys" that makes them fear and resent her while still vying for her love and approval.
Tony and Emmy-winning actress Ellen Barkin's diverse body of work spans over 55 films, along with many acclaimed plays and television performances. During her 35-year career, two-time Golden Globe nominee Barkin has worked with an illustrious list of directors, including Sidney Lumet (twice), Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Blake Edwards, Tony Scott, Terry Gilliam, Barry Levinson, Todd Solondz, Walter Hill and Antoine Fuqua.
Barkin's list of co-stars is equally impressive, among them Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Bridges, Gabriel Byrne, Don Cheadle, Ellen Burstyn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mickey Rourke, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Barkin made her feature film debut in Barry Levinson's groundbreaking film Diner. Other indelible film performances include Sea of Love, The Big Easy, This Boy's Life, Ocean's Thirteen, Switch, Tender Mercies and the upcoming Hands Of Stone, starring Robert DeNiro.
In 2011, Barkin receives a Tony, Drama Desk, Theatre World and Outer Circle Critics award, among others, for her critically acclaimed performance in George C. Wolfe's award-winning Broadway production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.
A Bronx native, Barkin was raised and educated in New York City, where she attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School and Hunter College.