Where is she from? the Bronx
What’s she done? Barkin has been acting since the late 1970s and has appeared in dozens of films, including Diner, The Big Easy, and Sea of Love. She currently stars on NBC’s The New Normal.
Why is she an icon? Barkin has received much acclaim for her work in film and on stage – she won a Tony for her Broadway debut role in The Normal Heart in 2011.
Quote: “I’m tenacious, I think – I know – and I do also have a quality where if you tell me I can’t do something, if I know I can’t do it I’m the first to raise my hand and say, ‘I can’t do that.’ But there is a big Bronx, New York Jew in me that just says, ‘Really? Really? You think I – yes, I can. I can do it. I can do it.'”
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