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'Law & Order: SVU's' guest actresses get Emmy's attention

'Law & Order: SVU's' guest actresses get Emmy's attention

"We were writing a story for Chris Meloni's character's mother, and she was going to be bipolar. Immediately we thought Ellen Burstyn."

So began Neal Baer's wooing of the Oscar-winning Burstyn to the set of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." "We had lunch with her," he continues, "and it was kind of a date. It's a big deal to have them trust you. We told her about the part, and I said, 'You'll be on a beach and flip out,' and she said, 'Down and dirty?' and I said, 'As down and dirty as you like.'"

"I'd never had anybody say they wanted to write a script for me," Burstyn recalls. "We agreed that if I liked the...

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