The religious subject matter along with its accompanying dark, sacrilegious scenes were highly controversial, which has contributed it to being one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
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Early life [ ] Kitty Winn was born in , the daughter of Army officer James J.
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A relative unknown in Hollywood at the time, Ellen Burstyn took on the role of Chris and became part of horror film history, even nabbing an Academy Award nomination as lead actress.
Based on William Peter Blatty's 1971 bestselling novel by the same name, The Exorcist 1973 transformed the supernatural horror genre by not only injecting abject terror into movie audiences in very physiological ways — there were of fainting, vomiting, miscarriages and heart attacks — but also for being the first horror film that was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.