Sally Field

Birth Name: 
Sally Margaret Field
Best Known For: 

The Flying Nun
Steel Magnolias

Short bio: 

Sally Field is a film and television actress and director. Throughout her career that has totaled more than five decades, she has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, among numerous other accolades.

Field began her career in television, starring on the sitcoms Gidget from 1965 to 1966 and The Flying Nun from 1967 to 1970. After numerous other television roles, Field ventured into film, starring in Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and later Norma Rae (1979), for which she received universal acclaim, receiving the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. She later received Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in Absence of Malice (1981) and Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), before receiving her second Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Places in the Heart (1984). Field received further nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Murphy's Romance (1985) and Steel Magnolias (1989).

In the 1990s, Field appeared in a wide range of films, including Not Without My Daughter (1991) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), before being nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Forrest Gump (1994). In the 2000s, Field returned to television with a recurring role as Maggie Wyczenski on the NBC medical drama ER, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2001. From 2006 to 2011, she portrayed the lead role of Nora Walker on the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters, for which she won the 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Field later starred as Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, among other accolades. She also appeared as Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and reprised the role in the 2014 sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


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Submitted by Roseanne (not verified) on

I just finished "In Pieces" and I am just overwhelmed by Sally Field's life story. It reminded me very much of the often contentious relationship I had with my mother especially the epilogue. Like Ms. Field, my mother had to live with me and went through hospice care and I was there holding her hand as she took her last breath when she died on my birthday. I found myself sobbing uncontrollably not only for my own loss but for Sally's as well. It is such a great read-although painful in parts. I'm so glad she chose to pull the emotional scab off that wound for the world to see. I have a greater understanding of what makes her such a brilliant actor.

Submitted by Penny (not verified) on

I want to thank Sally Field for her raw honesty. Her story was riveting. I had no idea that she had been through so much abuse for so long, mostly at the hands of those she loved and trusted the most. Relationships with our mothers and children can be very complicated, especially when everyone isn't being honest. As a fellow alumni of Birmingham High, I feel connected, although I graduated several years later than she did. I hope that writing her story somehow freed her mind and her sole. I'm so grateful for all of the very talented performances she has blessed us with over the years. And now, the best role of her life is hers. Enjoy it all, Grandma Sally. You are so loved and appreciated.

Submitted by Jan (not verified) on

I haven't watched a series since Dallas, but before I headed back to Florida from Ohio, my daughter showed me the first episode of Bro & Sis.

Your acting is so superb, I was hooked the first night. You put your heart and soul into your part and I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your fine acting.

Thank you for your exquisites performance, NORA.


Submitted by Sherrie (not verified) on

I seen the trailer for your new movie 80 for Brady. And wow you look amazing. You have always been such a beautiful and amazing woman. And I can only hope and pray I age that well. If I do my husband will be a very happy man. Good luck on the newest movie sucess.

Submitted by Karen Neville (not verified) on

When I was 9, the Flying Nun got me throuugh some very hard times during my parents divorce. Sister Bertrille was kind, funny, sincere, made mistakes and always did her best. Following her example, being kind, having a sense of humor and having hope served me well throughout my life.I was reminded and insipired as I read today's LA tImes article. We shouldn't be ashamed that our bodies are changing as we age. Thank you for taking the challenge of osteoporosis and turning it into an opportunity to inform and educate.

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