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Sally Field

Field at the 62nd Academy Awards ceremony, 1990
Born Sally Margaret Field
November 6, 1946 (1946-11-06) (age 63)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, producer, director, screenwriter
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Alan Greisman (1984–1993)
Steven Craig (1968–1975)

Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American Actress, Singer, Producer, Director, and Screenwriter. She became a household name at the age of 19 as Gidget in the 1960s sitcom of the same name. Sally is best know for her roles as Sister Bertrille in "The Flying Nun", Mrs. Gump in "Forrest Gump", and Miranda Hillard in the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire".

Field has won two Academy Awards, one for Norma Rae in 1979, and another for Places in the Heart in 1984. She has also won Emmy Awards in three different categories, one in 1977 for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Sybil, one for Outstanding Guest Actress for portraying Abby Lockhart's mother Maggie on ER, in 2001, and an Outstanding Lead Actress award for her role as family matriarch Nora Holden Walker on the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, in 2007. Her other awards include two Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress.

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Early life

Sally Field was born in Pasadena, California, the daughter of Margaret (b. May 10, 1923), an actress, and Richard Dryden Field, a U.S. Army officer who worked in sales.[1] Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother subsequently remarried to actor and stuntman Jock Mahoney.

She attended Portola Middle School, then Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California where she was a cheerleader. Among her classmates were infamous financier Michael Milken, fellow actress Cindy Williams (of Laverne and Shirley fame) and Michael Ovitz of CAA and Walt Disney Studios fame.

Career

Television

Field got her start on television as the boy-struck surfer girl in the mid-1960s surf culture sitcom series, Gidget. She went on to star as Sister Bertrille in The Flying Nun. In an interview included on the DVD release of The Flying Nun, she said that she would have preferred to continue playing Gidget. While starring on The Flying Nun, Sally hated being on "The Flying Nun" because she wasn't treated with respect. After her run on The Flying Nun, she was typecast. Later, she starred opposite John Davidson in a short-lived series called The Girl with Something Extra.

She made several guest appearances, including a recurring role on the western comedy Alias Smith and Jones, starring Pete Duel (with whom she had worked on Gidget) and Ben Murphy, and the Rod Serling's Night Gallery episode, Whisper.

Field at Expo 67.

Having played mostly comedic characters on television, Field had a difficult time being cast in dramatic roles.[citation needed] She studied with famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg, who had previously helped Marilyn Monroe go beyond the "bimbo" roles with which her career had begun.

Soon afterward, Field landed the title role in the 1976 TV film Sybil, the first of two films based on the book written by Flora Rheta Schreiber. Field's dramatic portrayal of Sybil, a young woman afflicted with multiple personality disorder, in the TV film not only garnered her an Emmy Award in 1977 but also enabled her to break through the typecasting she had experienced from her television sitcom roles.

Music

While starring on The Flying Nun, Sally tried her hand at singing. Sally Field sang on the Soundtrack for The Flying Nun in 1967 and she even sang "The Flying Nun" Theme Song "Who Needs Wings to Fly". The same year, she cracked the Billboard Hot 100 with one single, Felicidad.

Film

Field has enjoyed critical and commercial success in movies, particularly in the 1970s and '80s.

In 1977, she co-starred with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed in that year's #2 grossing film, Smokey and the Bandit.[2]

In 1979, she played a union organizer in Norma Rae, a successful film that established her status as a dramatic actress. Vincent Canby, in his review of the film for the New York Times, wrote: "Norma Rae is a seriously concerned contemporary drama, illuminated by some very good performances and one, Miss Field's, that is spectacular." [3] She won the Best Female Performance Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Field did three more of Reynolds' films (The End, Hooper and Smokey and the Bandit II), none particularly an acting challenge. In 1981, Field continued to change her image, playing a foul-mouthed prostitute opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the South-set film Back Roads, which received middling reviews and grossed $11 million at the box office.

She won Golden Globe nominations for the 1981 drama Absence of Malice and 1982 comedy Kiss Me Goodbye.

Then came a second Academy Award in 1985 for her starring role in Places in the Heart. Field's gushing acceptance speech is well remembered for its earnestness. She said, "I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"[4] The line ending in "...I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" is often misquoted as simply "You like me, you really like me!" which has subsequently been the subject of many parodies. (Field parodied the line herself in a commercial.[citation needed])

Also in 1985, she co-starred with James Garner in the romantic comedy Murphy's Romance. In A&E's biography of Garner, she cited her on-screen kiss with Garner as the best cinematic kiss she had ever had.

Field appeared on the cover of the March 1986 issue of Playboy magazine, in which she was the interview subject. She did not appear as a pictorial subject inside the magazine, although she did wear the classic leotard and bunny-ears outfit on the cover.

For her role as the matriarch, M'Lynn, in the film version of Steel Magnolias (1989), she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She had supporting roles in a number of other movies, including Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) in which she played Miranda Hillard, the wife of Robin Williams's character and the love interest of Pierce Brosnan's character Stuart 'Stu' Dunmyer. She followed this with the role of Forrest's mother in Forrest Gump (1994), even though she is only 10 years older than Tom Hanks, with whom she had co-starred six years earlier in Punchline.

Her other films in the 1990s included Not Without My Daughter, a controversial suspense film, and Soapdish, a comedy in which Field plays the pampered star of a television soap opera.

Recent roles

In November, 2009, Sally appeared on an episode of The Doctors to talk about Osteoporosis and her Rally With Sally foundation (www.bonehealth.com)

On television, Field had a recurring role on ER in the 2000–2001 season as Dr. Abby Lockhart's mother Maggie, who is struggling to cope with bipolar disorder, a role for which she won an Emmy Award in 2001. After her critically acclaimed stint on the show, she returned to the role in 2003 and 2006. She also starred in the very short-lived 2002 series The Court.

Field has also directed. Her first stint behind the camera was for the television film The Christmas Tree (1996). She also directed the feature film Beautiful (2000) as well as an episode of the TV mini-series From the Earth to the Moon (1998).

Field was a late addition to the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, which debuted in September 2006. In the show's pilot, the role of matriarch Nora Walker had been played by actress Betty Buckley. However, the producers of the show decided to take the character of Nora in another direction, and Field was cast in the role. She won the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in her role as Nora Walker. The blockbuster soap also stars familiar actresses such as: Calista Flockhart and Rachel Griffiths, in the roles of Nora's adult daughters, Kitty Walker and Sarah Walker, respectively, as well as an unfamiliar Welsh actor, Matthew Rhys, in the role of Nora's adult son and gay lawyer, Kevin Walker.

Field recently had a voice role as Marina del Ray, the villain in Disney's The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, which was released in August 2008.

Currently, Field can be seen on television as the compensated spokesperson for Roche Laboratories' postmenopausal osteoporosis treatment medication, Boniva.

Political advocacy

During her acceptance speech for her 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Field made an anti-war statement: "If the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place!" [5] Though the crowd present at the Emmy awards heard it, viewers watching the telecast in the United States only heard "if mothers ruled the world there would be no", due to the censoring of the rest of the statement (in Canada, her remark was not bleeped). That decision and the statement created considerable controversy.

In the 2008 presidential election, she supported Hillary Clinton in her bid for the Democratic party nomination.

Personal life

Field married Steven Craig in 1968. The couple had two sons, Peter Craig, a novelist, and Eli, an actor and director. They divorced in 1975.

Field was romantically involved with Burt Reynolds for many years, during which time they co-starred in several movies, including Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit II, and The End.

In 1984, she married film producer Alan Greisman. They had one son, Sam. Field and Greisman divorced in 1993. On October 29, 1988, she and her family survived a crash after their charter plane lost power on takeoff. They all survived, but suffered minor injuries.[6]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
1967 The Way West Mercy McBee
1976 Stay Hungry Mary Tate Farnsworth
Sybil Sybil
1977 Smokey and the Bandit Carrie / 'Frog' Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Heroes Carol Bell
1978 The End Mary Ellen
Hooper Gwen Doyle
1979 Norma Rae Norma Rae Academy Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Celeste Whitman
1980 Smokey and the Bandit II Carrie / 'Frog'
1981 Back Roads Amy Post
Absence of Malice Megan Carter Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye Kay Villano Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1984 Places in the Heart Edna Spalding Academy Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1985 Murphy's Romance Emma Moriarty Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1987 Surrender Daisy Morgan
1988 Punchline Lilah Krytsick
1989 Steel Magnolias M'Lynn Eatenton Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1991 Not Without My Daughter Betty Mahmoody
Soapdish Celeste Talbert / Maggie
1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Sassy voice
Mrs. Doubtfire Miranda Hillard
1994 A Century of Cinema Herself documentary
Forrest Gump Mrs. Gump Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
1996 Eye for an Eye Karen McCann
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sassy voice
2000 Where the Heart Is Mama Lil
2001 Say It Isn't So Valdine Wingfield
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde Rep. Victoria Rudd
Going Through Splat: The Life and Work of Stewart Stern Herself documentary
2006 Two Weeks Anita Bergman
2008 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Marina Del Ray (voice over, animated)
2011 Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln pre-production

Television

Year Production Role Notes
1965-1966 Gidget Frances Elizabeth "Gidget" Lawrence 32 episodes
1966-1967 Hey, Landlord Bonnie Banner 4 episodes
1967-1970 The Flying Nun Sister Bertrille (Elsie Ethrington) 82 episodes
1971 Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Denise 'Dennie' Miller
Hitched Roselle Bridgeman
Marriage: Year One Jane Duden
1972 Home for the Holidays Christine Morgan
1973-1974 The Girl with Something Extra Sally Burton 22 episodes
1976 Bridger Jennifer Melford
Sybil Sybil Dorsett Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
1977 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Mrs. Bailey/Narrator
1995 A Woman of Independent Means Bess Alcott Steed Garner TV mini-series
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Trudy Cooper miniseries
1999 A Cooler Climate[7] Iris Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie[8]
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor - Miniseries or Television Film[7]
2000 David Copperfield Aunt Betsey Trotwood Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
2000 - 2006 ER Maggie Wyczenski Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Drama Series (2001)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Drama Series (2003)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2000)

Recurring role

2002 The Court Justice Kate Nolan cancelled after 6 episodes
2005 Conviction
2006 - Present Brothers & Sisters Nora Walker Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series (Nominated — 2008, 2009, Won — 2007)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama (2007, 2008)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
(Nominated — 2008, Won — 2009)

70+ episodes

References

  1. ^ Sally Field. Film Reference.com.
  2. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=smokeyandthebandit.htm
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Oscar acceptance speech: Littlereview.com
  5. ^ Marikar, Shelia (2007-09-18). "On TV, 'Extreme Caution' vs. Free Speech". ABC News. http://www.abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=3618536. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Sally Field in Jet Accident". New York Times. Associated Press. November 1, 1988. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE6D81F3BF932A35752C1A96E948260. 
  7. ^ a b "6th Annual SAG Awards Nominees". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5n0Wb20oX. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sally Field in The Court". WCHStv.com. West Virginia, United States of America: WCHS-TV8. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5n0XeV32v. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 

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Sally Margaret Field Mahoney (born 1946-11-06) is an American actress who is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe winner; she is also a two-time Emmy Award winner who became a household name at age 20 as Sister Bertrille in the 1960s sitcom, The Flying Nun.

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