Starred in "Not Without My Daughter" as American citizen Betty Mahmoody, who escaped with her daughter from her husband in Iran; based on the book of the same title written by Mahmoody
Delivered breakthrough film role, playing the titular Southern textile worker who organizes her fellow employees in "Norma Rae"
Delivered a terrific turn as a diva-like soap opera actress in "Soapdish"
Directorial debut, the ABC TV-movie "The Christmas Tree"; also scripted and produced
Played an inexperienced reporter opposite Paul Newman in "Absence of Malice"; earned a Golden Globe nomination
Played Julia Roberts' mother in Herbert Ross' film adaptation of the off-Broadway play "Steel Magnolias"; earned a Golden Globe nomination
Returned to film acting as Peter Parker's Aunt May in "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
Formed production company Fogwood Films
Played supporting role as Heather Graham's mother in "Say It Isn't So"
Made a cameo appearance on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" as Secretary #91
Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series
Played a congresswoman opposite Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde"
Portrayed a one-time housewife who is forced to work as a housekeeper for a wealthy woman (Judy Davis) in Showtime's "A Cooler Climate"; received an Emmy nomination
Returned to TV for the NBC miniseries "A Woman of Independent Means"; also produced; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries (as producer) and Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG nominations for Lead Actress
Won second Academy Award for her starring role in Robert Benton's semi-autobiographical "Places in the Heart," playing a Texas woman struggling to save her farm
Breakthrough TV role, playing Sister Bertrille on the ABC series "The Flying Nun"
Cast as the mother of five adult children on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters"; earned Golden Globe (2008, 2009), SAG (2008, 2009) and Emmy (2008, 2009) nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series
Cast opposite John Davidson on the NBC sitcom "The Girl with Something Extra"
Feature directorial debut, "Beautiful" starring Minnie Driver
Made feature film debut in the epic Western "The Way West"
First film with Tom Hanks, "Punchline"; played a housewife attempting to pursue a career as a standup comic
Landed recurring guest role on "ER" (NBC) as Dr. Abby Lockhart's (Maura Tierney) mother who is struggling to cope with bipolar disorder; returned to the role in 2003 and 2006; earned an Emmy nomination in 2003
Made TV debut as the boy-struck, surfer girl Frances 'Gidget' Lawrence on the ABC series "Gidget"
Played a prostitute opposite Tommy Lee Jones in "Back Roads"
Played a runaway hippie who returns to her parents' home in the ABC TV-movie "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring"
Raised in California's San Fernando Valley
Co-starred with James Caan and Jeff Bridges in the comedy "Kiss Me Goodbye"; earned a Golden Globe nomination
Directed "The Original Wives Club" segment of the award-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"; series executive produced by Tom Hanks
First film as producer, "Dying Young" starring Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott
First film credit for Fogwood, "Murphy's Romance" (co-starring Field and James Garner); earned a Golden Globe nomination
First lead role in a feature, playing Jeff Bridges' working-class girlfriend in "Stay Hungry"
First of four films with Burt Reynolds, "Smokey and the Bandit"; earned a Golden Globe nomination; began off-screen romantic relationship with Reynolds
Landed recurring role on the ABC Western comedy "Alias Smith and Jones"
Offered an award-winning performance in her first dramatic role, playing the title role of a young woman afflicted with multiple personality syndrome in the NBC TV-Movie "Sybil"
Played the sick mother of four in the bittersweet comedy "Two Weeks"
Played the wife of Robin Williams and the love interest of Pierce Brosnan in Chris Columbus's "Mrs. Doubtfire"
Portrayed the title character's mother in the Academy Award-winning film "Forrest Gump"; re-teamed with Tom Hanks