Lois Wilson (Winona Ryder) with her best friend Dora (Ellen Dubin) on the set of CBS' When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. Photo copyright of Wanstrom and Assoc.
NOW residing in Los Angeles, Toronto-born actress Ellen Dubin plays the supporting lead of Dora in the CBS made-for-TV movie of week When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story, which will air Sunday, April 25th from 9-11 p.m. EST/PST on the CBS Television Network. In Canada, the TV movie will air on the W Network on Tuesday, May 4th from 10 p.m-12 midnight EST/PST.
From CBS - "Based on the biography by William G. Borchert, this drama is about the trials and ultimate triumph of the co-founder of Al-Anon, whose alcoholic husband co-founded A.A."
This new Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation stars Golden Globe Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence, Little Women, Star Trek) and Emmy Award and Canada's own Golden Globe Award nominee Barry Pepper (61*, Seven Pounds, Flags of Our Fathers).
Ellen Dubin as Dora plays a rich, elegant wife of a Wall Street executive starting in 1928. As a close friend of Lois Wilson, we see her 15 years later as one of the wives who lunches with Lois and then again at Lois Wilson's Al-Anon meetings.
Ellen Dubin as Dora in The Lois Wilson Story. Photo copyright of Wanstrom and Assoc.
Ellen has enjoyed a unique and extremely diverse career as an actor. The striking leggy 5' 10-1/2" native of Toronto began performing as a ballet dancer. When a temporary knee injury sidelined her, Ellen segued into acting with a wide variety of critically acclaimed stage roles. She recently starred opposite TV star Peter Scolari in the hit stage comedy Boeing, Boeing.
A Gemini Award-nominated actress for her series regular role of Jeri Slate in the Leo Award-winning supernatural drama The Collector (airing in 65 countries), Ellen is also a cult figure in the Sci-Fi world for playing the alien cannibal Giggerota the Wicked in the international cult hit Lexx. She has the distinction of appearing in all four seasons and playing four different characters in this very popular series. Ellen played the first Pope in Sci-Fi history in Lexx.
Her affinity for the unusual has also led her to starring roles in The Dead Zone, Blood Ties, Mutant X, A Wrinkle In Time and Highlander: The Raven where she is the only female to have a broad-to-broad-to-broadsword fight in that show's history.
Actress Ellen Dubin. Photo copyright of Wanstrom And Assoc.
In Napoleon Dynamite, the Sundance Film Festival favorite and one of the most popular feature film comedies of all time, Ellen plays the Tupperware-loving mom of Napoleon's potential prom date. Her recent comedy thriller Bull just finished the film festival circuit. Her romantic drama Lost and Found, a Bravo-sponsored film she starred in and producer, is being entered into various film festivals.
She is also the go-to-girl for a host of movies on the Lifetime Network and the Syfy Channel. You never know where she will turn up next! Ellen recently finished Second Chances opposite Alias' Melissa George. Currently, she is filming an edgy new web series called The Resolve in Los Angeles.
Ellen is honored to be the spokesperson for the Make A Wish Foundation in Toronto and Central Ontario. She also helps feed the homeless at the Los Angeles Mission and sits on the board of Kids With A Cause in Los Angeles.
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