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She received the Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year Award on February 1986.

"I'm not going to be knighted, like Meryl Streep. My real assets have always been acting and just being pleasant." --Sally Field quoted in People, July 8, 1991.

About her now infamous 1985 Oscar acceptance speech, Field told Lawrence Grobel in Movieline (1991): "People have interpreted that in a way in which they can understand with their own words. And they often will interpret that feeling as insecurity when really it isn't. It's a very different thing than insecurity when you receive an Oscar and stand up there and go, 'Oh my God, I can't believe you actually like me.' My work worked for this one moment in time. And it isn't insecurity behind that at all. Have you ever had a standing ovation from your peers? If you do, you will be overcome with a feeling that at this one moment in time, I did it! An impossible task. All the odds, all the struggle to stay in the business, to get the work, to do it, to be right, to be good, at the right place at the right time, to commit yourself, to have it "work"! That's what it's about."

Field spoofed her 1985 Academy Award acceptance speech in a 2000 commercial.

"Before my autobiography came out, I called and told her what a schmuck I'd been during our relationship. I also told Sally that she was the love of my life and that I hoped she finally realized how special she is." --Burt Reynolds to People, January 29, 1996.

"I've had the opportunity to work with some remakable directors. I think it's beneficial for directors to understand acting to better relate with their actors." --Field on directing, quoted in press material for 1996's "The Christmas Tree"

On relationships, Field told People (January 29, 1996): "I'm a woman who was brought up in the '50s, and so there's part of me that still wants to be June Cleaver and call to the family. 'Dinner's ready!' But my bneeds have changed. I now realize that people need their solitude and separateness. I believe if you have the money, couples should have separate bedrooms. There's something unnatural about sleeping in the same bed, dressing in the same closet, sharing everything.

"I'm finally coming to grips with the idea that I don't like giving up my space. I don't need somebody with me to make me whole. I'm totally complete."

"You start going in a direction and you think this is the direction you're going to go in forever after: Hey, okay, this is what I am. I star in movies. Movies are made around me. I develop films all about this female sense of character. And I carry the film myself. Well, when things changes [she means her age] you have to rethink.

And also the truth of the matter is, I don't want to be jumping up and down in the same place. I did that. I did those ingenues. If I have to play another ingenue--oy! I'm dancing as fast as I can to reach all the notes, to play all the melodies that are going on." --Field to Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 1995.

"I think I'm much darker than people suspect." --Sally Field to People, January 29, 1996.

"I'm not a very gracious person. I'm very hard on people, but, well, there ain't nothin' I can say. I'm spiteful! Competitive! It isn't that I want to do what they're doing. But I want the opportunity to work as much as so-and-so. And I'm so specific [a type]. It's not like I fit into a whole lot of other people's categories." --Field quoted in Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 1995.

"I never had trouble saying 'no' or being the 'bad girl' when it was within the work." --Sally Field quoted in New York Post, February 16, 1995.

Lawrence Grobel: The word that keeps cropping up in articles about you is "survivor." Is that how you see yourself?

Sally Field: It's a word that underestimates why I'm here. I don't think I'm here because I have the ability to keep my head above the water. I can "survive" in a storm. I'm here because I have talent. --From Movieline, 1991.

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