So it was that Ellen Burstyn, following her performance as Regan's frantic mother in The Exorcist in '73, couldn't find work. Couldn't find work, that is, unless she was willing to play a caretaker for the leading man, a weak accessory to the leading man, in need of his protection, or a whore. In interviews at the time she said that she realized that the same was true in her own life: She made her husband's life easier, accessorized it, but wasn't this her life she was leading?
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