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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 her leading American TV and film roles; among the most notable are Gidget (1965-66), The Flying Nun (1967-70), Sybil (1976), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989), Not Without My Daughter (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and Lincoln (2012). Field is a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984). She has received three Emmy Awards for her title role in the TV film Sybil (1976), her guest role on ER (2000), and her role as Nora Holden Walker on ABC's series Brothers & Sisters (2007). She has also won two Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, as well as the Best Female Performance Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2012 Field's widely praised portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln brought her Best Supporting Actress nominations for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild awards. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Early life: Sally Field was born in Pasadena, California. Her father, Richard Dryden Field, was an Army officer, and her mother, Margaret Field (née Morlan), was an actress. Her parents divorced in 1950; 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 Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Career: Acting career: 1965-1976: Field got her start on television as the boy-crazy surfer girl in the sitcom Gidget (1965-66). The show was not an initial success and was canceled after a single season. However, summer reruns garnered respectable ratings and ABC had a belated success. Industry practice at the time did not allow for canceled shows to be resurrected, so the network scrambled to find a new starring vehicle for Field. The result was The Flying Nun (1967-70), in which Field portrayed Sister Bertrille for three seasons. In an interview included on the Season One DVD release, Field said that she thoroughly enjoyed Gidget, but hated The Flying Nun, because she was not treated with respect by the show's directors. Field was then typecast and finding respectable roles was difficult. She later starred opposite John Davidson in the short-lived series The Girl with Something Extra (1973-74), playing a young woman trying to lead a normal life despite her telepathic abilities. In 1971, Field starred in the ABC TV movie Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring, playing a discouraged teen runaway who returns home with a bearded drug-abusing hippie (played by David Carradine). She made several guest television appearances through the mid-1970s, including a recurring role on the western comedy Alias Smith and Jones (starring Pete Duel, with whom she had worked on Gidget) and in the Night Gallery episode "Whisper". She studied with the esteemed acting teacher Lee Strasberg, who had previously helped Marilyn Monroe transcend the "bimbo" roles with which her career had begun. Soon afterwards, Field landed the title role in the 1976 TV film Sybil, based on the book by Flora Rheta Schreiber. Her dramatic portrayal of a young woman afflicted with Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) not only earned her an Emmy Award (in 1977) but enabled her to break through the typecasting of her sitcom work. 1977-1980s: In 1977 she costarred with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed in that year's #2 highest-grossing film, Smokey and the Bandit. In 1979 Field played the eponymous union organizer in Norma Rae, a successful film that established her as a dramatic actress. Vincent Canby, reviewing 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." For her role in Norma Rae, Field won the Best Female Performance Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Actress. Field appeared with Reynolds in three more films: (The End, Hooper and Smokey and the Bandit II). In 1981, she continued to change her image, playing a foul-mouthed prostitute opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the South-set film Back Roads. She received Golden Globe nominations for the 1981 drama Absence of Malice and the 1982 comedy Kiss Me Goodbye. Then came a second Oscar for her starring role in the 1984 drama Places in the Heart. Field's gushing acceptance speech is well remembered and has since been both admired as earnest and parodied as excessive. 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!" Field was actually making a humorous reference to dialog from her role in Norma Rae, but many people missed the connection. Field even parodied herself when she delivered the line (often misquoted as "You like me, you really like me!" ) in a Charles Schwab commercial. In 1985, she costarred 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 ever had. The following year, 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 in the magazine, although she did wear the classic leotard and bunny-ears outfit on the cover. That year, she received the Women in Film Crystal Award. For her role as matriarch M'Lynn in the film version of Steel Magnolias (1989), she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. 1990-present: Field 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 then played the mother of Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994), even though she was only 10 years older than Hanks, with whom she had costarred six years earlier in Punchline. Field's other 1990s films included Not Without My Daughter, a controversial thriller based on the real-life experience of Betty Mahmoody's escape from Iran with her daughter Mahtob; and Soapdish, a comedy in which she played pampered soap-opera star Celeste Talbert, and was joined by an all-star cast including Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Shue and Robert Downey, Jr. In 1996 Field received the Berlinale Camera award at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival for her role as a grieving vigilante mother in director John Schlesinger's film Eye for an Eye. She co-starred with Natalie Portman in Where the Heart Is (2000) and appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. Field had a recurring role on ER in the 2000-01 season as Dr. Abby Lockhart's mother, Maggie, who suffers from 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's directorial career began with the television film The Christmas Tree (1996). In 1998 she directed the episode "The Original Wives' Club" of the critically acclaimed TV mini-series From the Earth to the Moon, also playing a minor role as Trudy, the wife of astronaut Gordon Cooper. In 2000 she directed the feature film Beautiful. 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 was played by actress Betty Buckley. However, the show's producers decided to take the character in another direction, and offered the part to Field, who won the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. The drama also starred Calista Flockhart and Rachel Griffiths as Nora's adult daughters. In November 2009, Field appeared on an episode of The Doctors to talk about osteoporosis and her Rally With Sally Foundation. She portrayed Aunt May in the Marvel Comics films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel, and Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, written by Tony Kushner. On May 5, 2014, Field received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions in motion picture. Her star is located in front of the Hollywood Wax Museum. Music: While on The Flying Nun, Field tried her hand at singing. She sang on the soundtrack for The Flying Nun in 1967, and sang The Flying Nun theme song "Who Needs Wings to Fly". The same year she made it into the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts with her single "Felicidad". Field had the voice role of Marina del Rey in Disney's The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning and sang the song "Just One Mistake". Activism: In 2005, Field was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her diagnosis led her to create the "Rally With Sally For Bone Health" campaign with support from Roche and GlaxoSmithKline that controversially co-promoted Boniva, a bisphosphonate treatment for osteoporosis. Field's campaign encouraged early diagnosis of such conditions through technology such as bone-density scans. During the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Field's acceptance speech contained an anti-war statement in which she said: "If the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place." Fox, which aired the Emmys, cut the sound and picture after the word "god" and did not cut back to the stage after Field finished talking. An e-mail statement from the company the day after the incident explained that the censorship of Field's speech (amongst two other censorship incidents during the award ceremony) occurred because, "some language during the live broadcast may have been considered inappropriate by some viewers. As a result, Fox's broadcast standards executives determined it appropriate to drop sound and picture during those portions of the show." Sally Field is a Democrat and she supported Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2008 presidential election. Field is a dedicated advocate for women's rights. She has served on the board of directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international women's NGO, and has co-hosted the Global Leadership Awards six times. Field is also an activist for gay rights. In 2012 she won the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award (her youngest son, Sam, has come out as gay). Personal life: Field was romantically involved with Burt Reynolds for many years, during which time they co-starred in several films including Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit II and The End. Field married Steven Craig in 1968. The couple had two sons: Peter Craig, a novelist, and Eli Craig, an actor and director. Craig and Field divorced in 1975. She married film producer Alan Greisman in 1984, and they had one son, Sam in 1987; Field and Greisman divorced in 1993. On October 29, 1988, Field and her family survived a crash after their charter plane lost power on takeoff. They all survived with minor injuries. On a Late Show with David Letterman appearance in April 2014, she revealed that her brother, Dr. Rick Field, is a high energy particle physicist whom she visited recently at CERN in Switzerland. Rick financed his education with a gymnastics scholarship at UC Berkeley. He later went on to work as an assistant to Richard Feynman. Sally has expressed that she felt her parents put an emphasis on education for boys, and as a result never received the liberal arts education she still wishes she had. Filmography: Film: Year Title Role Notes 1962 Moon Pilot Beatnik girl in lineup 1967 Way West, TheThe Way West Mercy McBee 1976 Stay Hungry Mary Tate Farnsworth 1977 Smokey and the Bandit Carrie / 'Frog' 1977 Heroes Carol Bell 1978 End, TheThe End Mary Ellen 1978 Hooper Gwen Doyle 1979 Norma Rae Norma Rae 1979 Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Celeste Whitman 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II Carrie / 'Frog' 1981 Back Roads Amy Post 1981 Absence of Malice Megan Carter 1982 Kiss Me Goodbye Kay Villano 1984 Places in the Heart Edna Spalding 1985 Murphy's Romance Emma Moriarty 1987 Surrender Daisy Morgan 1987 Lethal Weapon KTLA Reporter Uncredited 1988 Punchline Lilah Krytsick 1989 Steel Magnolias M'Lynn Eatenton 1991 Not Without My Daughter Betty Mahmoody 1991 Soapdish Celeste Talbert / Maggie 1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Sassy Voice role 1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Miranda Hillard 1994 Century of Cinema, AA Century of Cinema Herself Documentary 1994 Forrest Gump Mrs. Gump 1996 Eye for an Eye Karen McCann 1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sassy Voice role 2000 Where the Heart Is Mama Lil 2000 David Copperfield Betsey Trotwood 2000 Beautiful Directorial debut 2001 Say It Isn't So Valdine Wingfield 2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Rep. Victoria Rudd 2005 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 Rey Voice role 2012 Amazing Spider-Man, TheThe Amazing Spider-Man Aunt May 2012 Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln 2014 Amazing Spider-Man 2, TheThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 Aunt May Television: Year Title Role Notes 1965-66 Gidget Frances Elizabeth "Gidget" Lawrence 32 episodes 1966-67 Hey, Landlord Bonnie Banner 4 episodes 1967-70 Flying Nun, TheThe Flying Nun Elsie Ethrington "Sister Bertrille" 82 episodes 1971-72 Alias Smith and Jones Clementine Hale 2 episodes 1971 Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Denise "Dennie" Miller Movie 1971 Hitched Roselle Bridgeman 1971 Marriage: Year One Jane Duden 1972 Home for the Holidays Christine Morgan Movie 1973-74 Girl with Something Extra, TheThe Girl with Something Extra Sally Burton 22 episodes 1976 Bridger Jennifer Melford 1976 Sybil Sybil Dorsett Miniseries 1977 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Mrs. Bailey/Narrator 1995 Woman of Independent Means, AA Woman of Independent Means Bess Alcott Steed Garner Miniseries 1998 From the Earth to the Moon Trudy Cooper Miniseries; also directed 1999 Cooler Climate, AA Cooler Climate Iris Showtime original movie 2000 David Copperfield Aunt Betsey Trotwood U.S./Irish production 2000-06 ER Maggie Wyczenski 12 episodes 2002 The Court Justice Kate Nolan 6 episodes 2005 Conviction 2006-11 Brothers & Sisters Nora Walker 109 episodes Awards and nominations: Year Association Category Nominated work Result 1977 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Sybil Won 1978 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Smokey and the Bandit Nominated 1979 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Norma Rae Won Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Won National Board of Review Best Actress Won New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Won 1980 Academy Awards Best Actress Won Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Won National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Won 1982 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Absence of Malice Nominated People's Choice Awards Favorite Motion Picture Actress Won 1983 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Kiss Me Goodbye Nominated 1985 Academy Awards Best Actress Places in the Heart Won Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Won 1986 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Murphy's Romance Nominated People's Choice Awards Favorite Motion Picture Actress Nominated 1990 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Steel Magnolias Nominated 1992 Razzie Awards Worst Actress Not Without My Daughter Nominated 1995 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Forest Gump Nominated Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Nominated Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie A Woman of Independent Means Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Forest Gump Nominated 1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film A Woman of Independent Means Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated 2000 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie A Cooler Climate Nominated 2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series ER Won Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie David Copperfield Nominated 2003 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series ER Nominated 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Brothers & Sisters Won Satellite Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama Nominated 2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama Nominated People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Television Star Nominated Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated Satellite Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated 2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama Nominated People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Television Star Nominated Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won 2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Lincoln Won Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Won Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated 2013 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Nominated National Society of Film Critics Awards National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated

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