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June 2nd, 2011
02:05 PM ET

Ellen Barkin on critics early in her career: "They completely crushed me. I was way too insecure"

On Friday's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Piers Morgan talks to actress Ellen Barkin about the business, her personal life and more. "I was unable to go for an audition until I was 25-years-old," she says of people who criticized her acting ability early in her career. "They completely crushed me. I was way too insecure"

Watch the full interview on Friday night. Along with Barkin, the other half of the show will be an an in-depth interview with Edie Falco.

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  1. LOU

    A classy and beautiful lady

    June 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Vivian Wright

    Ellen Barkin is so ignorant! Governments – especially the US are investing tens of millions of dollars into Aids reseach. Barkin should follow " ". If she looks for the HHS Dept of Health & Human Srvc grants she'll find 154 HIV related Grants. Each Grant may be awarded to 65+ different research facilities. Each HIV related Grant may have a total (per award) funding of $10,000 to $400,000. Barkin do the math! $50-100 Million dollars is being spent on HIV related US government grants. She should do her homework before she puts her mouth in gear. Then again her brain power is spent figuring out that she should get laid before she wastes time on 'dating'... I hope she at least gets kissed.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Billl Firshein

    I know it is terribly easy for Ms Barkin to criticize the Pharmaceutical industry over the AIDS epidemic which first befell the US in 1979.. However, without this industry many more friends of hers would be dead.. They after all have supplied all the drugs that are keeping AIDS victims alive for many years.. starting with the first one AZT.. Of course a cure would be desirable but there is no way as yet to do that because the AIDS virus HIV targets the immune system, the one that fights and destroys the virus,.. That is why there is no vaccine as yet although many have been tested...
    Yes there are problems with the pharmaceutical industry but they spend millions on developing drugs to fight many infectious diseases , including HIV.. They deserve a return on their investment..

    June 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Vivian Wright

    As for Harkin's pharmacutical companies 'conspiracy' theory... obviously she has no idea there are companies in this country (& throughout the world) that buy up massive amounts of specific drugs (like HIV drugs) from Pharmas – actually purchasing most of a Pharma's inventory. These companies hold on to these drugs... creating a shortage in the market. When hospitals & pharmacies try to buy these drugs from the Pharma's the drugs are on back order. All hospital purchasing depts know who these companies & when there's a shortage they call these companies... A pill that a pharma would charge $15.00 for, is now sold by these 'market manipulator' companies for $100+... each pill! These companies do business openly. Harkin, like so many uniformed air heads find it so 'rightous' to bash Pharmas & governments when they don't have the slightest idea of what is really going on in the REAL world.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Morris

    Classy, and respectfully challenging – outstanding interview and a pleasure to watch.

    June 4, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Binyam

    President Franklin Roosevelt have done superior work for polio epidemic by engaging we the people, not only he have done good work he succeed there for America succeeded.

    June 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Shravana

    Since I have no other access to CNN besides "online"... I would like to request that the full segments of interviews from Piers Morgan be made available on CNN, for more than the one to two minutes that they can currently be seen. It would be great to watch the full interviews online when available. Thank you in advance for your concideration in making this happen. 🙂

    June 5, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. CLBH

    Ms. Barkin has hit the nail on the head theorizing that treating a disease rather than curing it is exactly how the pharmaceutical companies profit. Ms. Barkin related this to the treatment of AIDS and I am speaking first hand about the treatment of Diabetes. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for 25 years and have seen VERY little progress in the "cure" for the disease and even, very little change in the "treatment" because the pharmaceutical companies make SO much darn money on insulin, syringes, test strips, etc (the treatment...NOT the cure). I spend over $280 a month (out of pocket with insurance) just to treat my disease and have done the EXACT same for 25 years...nothing has changed, except more people are diagnosed with it now which again, equals more money for the profit hungry pharmaceutical companies. This disease should have been cured decades ago. It's RIDICULOUS and definitely a theory worth a lot of investigation...we just need someone with enough power to start the pressure. Piers, can you get someone at CNN to get on this?

    June 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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