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Sally Field Biography

Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American actress, singer, producer, director, and screenwriter. In each decade of her career, she has been known for major roles in American TVfilm culture, including: in the 1960s, for Gidget (1965“66) or Sister Bertrille on The Flying Nun ...

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Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American actress, singer, producer, director, and screenwriter. In each decade of her career, she has been known for major roles in American TVfilm culture, including: in the 1960s, for Gidget (1965“66) or Sister Bertrille on The Flying Nun (1967“70); in the 1970s, for Sybil (1976), Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and Norma Rae (1979); in the 1980s, for Absence of Malice, Places in the Heart (1984) and Steel Magnolias; in the 1990s, for Not Without My Daughter, Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994); and in the 2000s, on the TV shows ER and Brothers & Sisters. She has also performed in numerous other roles.

Field won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role on two occasions, Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984). Fields professional achievements also include winning three Emmy Awards: for her role in the TV film Sybil (1976); her guest-starring role on ER in 2000; and for her starring role as Nora Holden Walker on ABCs series Brothers & Sisters in 2007. She has also won two Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. She also won the Best Female Performance Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, for Norma Rae (1979).

Early life

Sally Field was born in Pasadena, California, daughter of Richard Dryden Field, an Army officer, and his wife, actress Margaret Field. Her parents divorced in 1950, and her mother later married actor and stuntman Jock Mahoney.

Field attended Portola Middle School, followed by Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, where she was a cheerleader. Her classmates included infamous financier Michael Milken, actress Cindy Williams (of Laverne & Shirley fame) and Michael Ovitz of CAA and Walt Disney Studios fame.



Field got her start on television as the boy-crazy 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. Field hated being on The Flying Nun because she wasnt treated with respect. After her iconic role on The Flying Nun, she had become typecast. Later, she starred opposite John Davidson in a short-lived series called The Girl with Something Extra (1973“74).

In 1971, Field starred in Maybe Ill Come Home in the Spring with David Carradine and a soundtrack by Linda Ronstadt. She played the role of a discouraged teen runaway who returned home after a year on the road with a bearded drug-abusing hippie named Flack (David Carradine).

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, plus the Rod Serlings 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. Fields dramatic portrayal of Sybil, a young woman afflicted with Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as 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.


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. Sally revived her singing career in 2008 when she sang on the soundtrack for The Little Mermaid: Ariels Beginning.


Field had made her film debut in 1962 with a small part in Moon Pilot. Her first major film role was in The Way West (1967). In 1977, she co-starred with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed in that years #2 grossing film, Smokey and the Bandit. 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 Fields, that is spectacular. 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 Oscar for her starring role in the 1984 drama Places in the Heart. Fields gushing acceptance speech is well remembered for its earnestness. She said, I havent had an orthodox career, and Ive wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didnt feel it, but this time I feel it, and I cant deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me! The line ending in …I cant 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]) The phrase, You like me was originally from her wry, understated, famous reply in the film Norma Rae, but many people[citation needed] totally missed the subtle connection in her acceptance speeches, with that point in the film.

The following year, she co-starred with James Garner in the romantic comedy Murphys Romance. In A&Es 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. That same year she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.

For her role as the matriarch, MLynn, 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 Williamss character and the love interest of Pierce Brosnans character Stuart Stu Dunmyer. She followed this with the role of Forrest Gumps 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. She played Natalie Portmans mother in Where the Heart Is (2000) and appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003).

 Recent roles

In November 2009, Sally appeared on an episode of The Doctors to talk about osteoporosis and her Rally With Sally Foundation.

On television, Field had a recurring role on ER in the 2000-01 season as Dr. Abby Lockharts 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.

Fields directorial career began with the television film The Christmas Tree (1996). She also directed the feature film Beautiful (2000) as well as an episode of the critically acclaimed 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 shows 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 Noras adult daughters, Kitty Walker and Sarah Walker, respectively, as well as unfamiliar actors, such as Welsh film actor Matthew Rhys tackling the very American role of Noras son, Kevin Walker, and Dave Annable as Noras youngest son, Justin Walker.

Field recently had a voice role as Marina del Rey, the primary antagonist in Disneys The Little Mermaid: Ariels 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.

She has been cast to portray Aunt May in the upcoming Marvel Comics film The Amazing Spider-Man and Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielbergs upcoming film Lincoln, written by Tony Kushner.

Actors such as a Sally Field have taken film, television, theatre, and radio to new heights by excelling at their respective position. The booking agents at Celebrity Talent Promotions can assist with Sally Field speaking engagements or appearances. We have years of experience in booking on screen greats for keynote speeches and autograph signings. Hiring an actor like Sally Field is not a hard process. Our agents can provide availability, fees and all costs associated in bringing out a successful actor to your next corporate event. We can find Sally Field’s agent to make this booking happen. A Sally Field appearance will add energy to your upcoming event and reward employees, customers and clients. Most likely, fans and corporations can find Sally Field‘s official website, charity involvement, Twitter account, representation, publicist and management info at http://www.celebritytalentpromotions.com. If your company is interested in finding out booking fees and availability for hiring a speaker, celebrity or Sally Field for an appearance, autograph signing, endorsement or speaking engagement, call us at 1.888.752.3532 or fill out the booking form below.

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