Burstyn’s 14 seconds of Emmy fame

From the Associated Press

Ellen Burstyn was just as flabbergasted as everyone else when she heard she’d been nominated for an Emmy this year for her blink-and-you-miss-it role in the TV movie “Mrs. Harris.”

In an interview with AP Radio, the 73-year-old Academy Award winner spoke publicly for the first time about her Emmy nod: “When they told me I was nominated for that, I went, ‘What, are you kidding?’ ”

Burstyn’s cameo in “Mrs. Harris” lasted 14 seconds, with her speaking a total of 38 words.

“I thought it was fabulous,” she said. “My next ambition is to get nominated for seven seconds, and, ultimately, I want to be nominated for a picture in which I don’t even appear.”


Last August, Burstyn wound up losing the Emmy to her “Mrs. Harris” costar, Cloris Leachman.