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Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek

  • Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) October 18 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Badlands (1973) November 07 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER


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Also Known As: Mary Elizabeth Spacek Died:
Born: December 25, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Quitman, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ... actor songwriter singer set decorator model


Multiple Oscar nominee Sissy Spacek was one of Hollywood's leading actresses during the 1970s and 1980s, initially gaining attention for the startling character transformations of her wide-eyed innocents in "Badlands" (1973) and the blood-drenched "Carrie" (1977). The Texas-bred actress had a penchant for embodying strong, independent women and what she called "ordinary people in extraordinary situations" - both apt descriptions for her portrayals of real-life figures like hardscrabble country music star Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980) and Beth Horman, a woman who took on international forces following the disappearance of her journalist husband in "Missing" (1982). Later in her career, Spacek developed into an earthy, mothering persona who often found her calling in TV movies that explored political or social issues, though she made several notable big screen turns in JFK" (1991), "The Straight Story" (1996), "North Country" (2005) and "In The Bedroom" (2001) - the latter of which earned her among the highest accolades of her career. Though she retreated to the margins a bit with "An American Haunting" (2006) and "Gray Matters," and focused more on television with "Picture of Hollis Woods" (CBS, 2007) and an Emmy-nominated guest turn on "Big Love" (HBO, 2006-2011), Spacek remained an accomplished actress who delivered high quality performances time and again in a wide array of projects.

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