Sally Field


Actor
Sally Field

About

Also Known As
Sally Margaret Field
Birth Place
Pasadena, California, USA
Born
November 06, 1946

Biography

Blessed with boundless energy and charm, Sally Field was perfectly suited for the all-American girl characters that brought her early stardom, although it was her later roles, most often as strong independent women, that brought her lasting critical acclaim. Field broke out as the spunky surfer girl "Gidget" (ABC, 1965-66) and as Sister Betrille in "The Flying Nun" (ABC, 1967-1970) befor...

Family & Companions

Steve Craig
Husband
Contractor. Married on September 16, 1968; divorced in 1975.
Burt Reynolds
Companion
Actor, producer. Together for five years (1977-82); acted together in the films "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), "The End" (1978), "Hooper" (1978) and "Smokey and the Bandit II (1980).
Alan Greisman
Husband
Producer. Married on December 1984; named Motion Picture President of Savoy Pictures Entertainment in July 1992; separated in January 1994; Field filed for divorce on June 24, 1994.

Bibliography

"Sally Field"
Jason Bonderoff, St. Martin's Press (1987)

Notes

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.

Biography

Blessed with boundless energy and charm, Sally Field was perfectly suited for the all-American girl characters that brought her early stardom, although it was her later roles, most often as strong independent women, that brought her lasting critical acclaim. Field broke out as the spunky surfer girl "Gidget" (ABC, 1965-66) and as Sister Betrille in "The Flying Nun" (ABC, 1967-1970) before reinventing herself as a serious actress with an Emmy-winning performance as the schizophrenic "Sybil" (NBC, 1976). Field's popularity rarely waned over the next two decades, helped in large part by a fabled romance with her "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977) co-star Burt Reynolds and Oscar-winning turns as a labor organizer in "Norma Rae" (1979) and as a Depression era single mother trying to save her farm in "Places of the Heart" (1984). She maintained her stature with a string of successful films that included "Steel Magnolias" (1989), "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994). At an age when many actresses' best days were considered behind them, Field lent an aura of dignity and refinement to her role as the matriarch of a dysfunctional family on the drama series "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011), picking up another Emmy in the process. Continuing to work with the best and the brightest, the actress impressed in such acclaimed projects as Steven Spielberg's historical biopic "Lincoln" (2012). Possessing a unique blend of likability and raw talent, Field's reputation as one of Hollywood's most accomplished leading ladies was well earned.

Born in Pasadena, CA on Nov. 6, 1946, Field's father was U.S. Army Captain Richard Dryden Field, and her mother was Margaret Field, a Paramount contract player best known for the 1951 cult sci-fi movie, "The Man from Planet X" and countless episodic television appearances. The Fields split in 1951, with Margaret Field relocating to her mother's house while trying to make ends meet. In 1953, she married famed stunt man and actor Jock Mahoney, who proved a difficult stepfather to Field and her brother Richard. Field and Mahoney frequently clashed throughout her teenage years, but they did find common ground in acting. Field was a member of her drama club at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, CA, and the veteran stunt performer encouraged his step-daughter to hone her talent at a summer acting workshop at Columbia Pictures. In 1964, the 18-year-old Field caught the eye of ABC casting agents at an audition, and they offered her the lead role in a new series based on the popular "Gidget" book and movies. The show required its star to have some proficiency at surfing, which Field swore she had. The truth was that she had never been on a board, and needed lessons to simply stand on it in front of rear-projected waves.

The show, which was one of the first regularly scheduled programs for ABC, was crushed in the ratings by CBS' rural juggernaut "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-1971) and ceased production at the end of its debut season. Surprisingly, the show's ratings and Field's popularity among young viewers soared during the summer rerun season, but ABC did not renew it. Field then moved on to the short-lived sitcom "Hey Landlord" (NBC, 1966-67), before making her movie debut as a settler in "The Way West" (1967), starring with such heavyweights as Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum. She also tried her hand at a pop music career with the 1967 single "Felicidad" and a full album in 1968. That same year, she married Steven Craig, with whom she had two sons. Sensing that young audiences liked the ever-perky Field, ABC brought her back into the TV fold with a new series, "The Flying Nun" (1967-1970), which hinged on the absurd notion that Field's novice nun could become airborne due to her small frame and oversized headgear. Despite a critical drubbing, the show became a hit with viewers; unfortunately, it helped to typecast Field as a lightweight comic actress for several years. The show remained a pop culture touchstone - though mostly as the butt of jokes - for decades after it left the air. Reportedly, ABC even extended an offer to Field to appear in an updated "Flying Nun" TV movie in the 1980s, which she not surprisingly turned down.

As her career progressed, Field appeared mostly in TV movies and series during the early 1970s, including the counterculture drama "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring" (1971), in which she starred as a reformed drug addict who clashes with her straight-laced family; the violent "Mongo's Back in Town" (1971) in which Field is the ill-fated girlfriend of hit man Joe Don Baker; and "Home for the Holidays" (1972), a suspenseful thriller with Field as the youngest of three sisters targeted by a killer who wants her family inheritance. Field made a brief return to the sitcom with the dire comedy "The Girl with Something Extra" (NBC, 1973-74), in which she starred as a newly married woman with ESP. Field divorced Craig in 1975, and set out to reinvent herself as a dramatic actress. She starred as the romantic interest for Jeff Bridges and then bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger in Bob Rafelson's little-seen drama, "Stay Hungry" (1976), which featured her sole onscreen nude scene. But the picture that convinced audiences and industry players alike of the depth of Field's talent was the 1976 miniseries "Sybil," in which she starred as a young graduate student whose abusive childhood resulted in a stunning dissociative identity disorder that manifested itself in 16 different personalities. The production won her an Emmy, but more importantly, respect within the film and television community who now looked at her as more than just a flying nun.

During this period, Field became romantically involved with Burt Reynolds, who was on the cusp of becoming one of Hollywood's most popular actors during the 1970s. The pair also made a popular onscreen couple, starting in 1977 with the mega-successful action comedy "Smokey and the Bandit," which landed at the No. 2 spot for top grossing movies of that year. Field and Reynolds' chemistry proved irresistible for moviegoers, so the pair continued to co-star in the comedies "The End" (1978) and "Hooper" (1978), as well as the inevitable "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980) sequel, all of which proved popular at the box office. Field's stepfather Jock Mahoney appeared briefly in "The End" as a man in a wheelchair, while the character of veteran stuntman Jocko (Brian Keith) in "Hooper" was inspired by Mahoney's life and career.

By the end of the 1970s, Field was finding herself typecast again, this time as Reynolds' arm candy in a string of popular if distinctly middlebrow pictures. She split from Reynolds, professionally and personally, in the early 1980s, in the process breaking Reynolds' heart; years later, he would proclaim her the love his life. Newly single, she took on one of the most challenging roles in her career - that of a Southern textile worker who risks her career and marriage to unionize her factory. The picture was a critical and box office success, providing Field with not only an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress, but an iconic role that forever banished the lightweight roles of her early career and her onscreen connection as a simple Reynolds co-star. In fact, the American Film Institute ranked Norma Rae Webster 15th on their list of film heroes from 100 years of cinema.

Though her next few projects were missteps - the ill-advised "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" (1979) and "Back Roads" (1981) with Tommy Lee Jones - Field soon embarked on a successful string of projects that befit her talents. "Absence of Malice" (1981) starred Field (and earned her another Golden Globe nomination) as an enterprising journalist whose articles severely damage the reputation of the son of a local crime boss (Paul Newman), while "Murphy's Romance" (1987) was a May-December romance buoyed by the charm of Field and James Garner as the unlikely couple. Field scored another triumph in 1984 as a widow who attempts to keep her family's farm running in "Places in the Heart." Field won her second Oscar for the picture, and gushed effusively in her acceptance speech that she finally felt accepted by the Hollywood community. Unfortunately, her exact quote - "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!" - was interpreted by many as insincere and over-the-top, serving as fodder for comics and pundits for decades. Field herself later parodied the speech for a television commercial. The same year, Field married producer Alan Greisman and the couple had a son, Samuel.

Field's output in the late 1980s and early 1990s was hit and miss; successes included the film version of "Steel Magnolias," in which she believably played Julia Roberts' mother; "Mrs. Doubtfire," as Robin Williams' exasperated ex-wife; and her biggest blockbuster then to date, "Forrest Gump" in which she starred as Tom Hanks' mother, despite the fact that the actors were only a decade apart in age. Misfires included "Punchline" (1988), also with Hanks, in which Field essayed a housewife who attempts to break into stand-up comedy; "Not Without My Daughter" (1991), in which Field stars as an American woman who attempts to escape her Iranian husband; and "Eye for an Eye" (1996), with Field seeks revenge on Kiefer Sutherland for the death of her daughter. Off the screen, she also divorced Greisman in 1993.

Sensing that substantial roles for women in their late-forties and early-fifties were growing few and far between, Field wisely shifted her priorities to include more television work - including appearances on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-1998), and a 2000 NBC miniseries based on Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield," which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. She also began taking turns behind the camera, making her writing and directing debut with a charming holiday TV movie, "The Christmas Tree" (1996), with Julie Harris and Andrew McCarthy. She also helmed an episode of Tom Hanks' acclaimed "From the Earth to the Moon" miniseries for HBO in 1998, as well as served as executive producer on "A Woman of Independent Means," a 1995 miniseries in which she also starred and which yielded two Emmys nods for her as an actress and producer. She even shared production duties with no less than Steven Spielberg on the 1997 documentary, "The Lost Children of Berlin" (1997).

Field made her debut as feature film director with "Beautiful" (2000), a comedy-drama with Minnie Driver as a woman who wants to become Miss America. The picture did not fare well at the box office, though Driver was singled out with praise for her performance. That same year, Field began a recurring role on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) as the bipolar mother of Dr. Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney). The role gained Field another Emmy, no doubt helping her decision to return to the series several times between 2000 and 2006. She also made her fourth venture into a primetime television show as the lead on "The Court" (ABC, 2003), a legal drama from the producers of "ER" that lasted only six episodes. Field returned briefly to feature films with a cameo as Natalie Portman's unsympathetic mother in "Where the Heart Is" (2001), "Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde" (2003), with Field starring as a congresswoman with whom Reese Witherspoon interns; and "Two Weeks" (2006), as the dying mother of a Southern clan who calls her far-flung children together to spend her final weeks with them.

That same year, she replaced Betty Buckley on the drama series, "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011), as the head of a California family that struggles to keep it together after the death of her husband in the pilot episode. Though the show initially suffered from production troubles and re-castings, it eventually blossomed into a hit for the network and earned praises for its positive portrayal of gay characters. For her efforts, Field won an Emmy in 2007. No stranger to acceptance speech controversy, Field did not disappoint. Her speech was cut short by the show's producers at the Fox network when she said, "Let's face it - if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamned wars in the first place," which earned her much applause among the attendees. The following year, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Drama, then won a Screen Actors Guild award in early 2009 for her role on "Brothers & Sisters." Following her stint on "Brothers" and its cancellation in 2011, Field returned to the big screen as Mary Lincoln Todd opposite Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president in Steven Spielberg's much anticipated "Lincoln" (2012). For her performance, Field received both Golden Globe and Academy Award nods for Best Supporting Actress.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Beautiful (2000)
Director
The Christmas Tree (1996)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Lincoln (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010)
Voice
The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)
Two Weeks (2006)
Say It Isn't So (2001)
Where the Heart Is (2000)
A Cooler Climate (1999)
Iris
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
Voice
Eye for An Eye (1996)
Karen Mccann
Inside the Academy Awards '95 (1995)
Performer
The Good, The Bad And The Beautiful (1995)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Voice
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Barbara Stanwyck: Fire And Desire (1991)
Narration
Barbara Stanwyck: Fire And Desire (1991)
Host
Not Without My Daughter (1991)
Soapdish (1991)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Punchline (1988)
Surrender (1987)
Murphy's Romance (1985)
Places In The Heart (1984)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Kay Villano
Absence Of Malice (1981)
Back Roads (1981)
Smokey And The Bandit II (1980)
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Norma Rae (1979)
Hooper (1978)
The End (1978)
Smokey And The Bandit (1977)
Heroes (1977)
Stay Hungry (1976)
Bridger (1976)
Hitched (1973)
Roselle Bridgeman
Home for the Holidays (1972)
Christine Morgan
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (1971)
Denise Miller
Marriage: Year One (1971)
Mongo's Back in Town (1971)
The Way West (1967)
Mercy McBee

Writer (Feature Film)

The Christmas Tree (1996)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

The Christmas Tree (1996)
Executive Producer
Dying Young (1991)
Producer

Cast (Special)

Jackie Gleason: The Great One (2001)
Interviewee
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2001)
Presenter
Paul Newman - Bravo Profile (2001)
Ladies' Home Journal's Most Fascinating Women to Watch (2001)
SAG Awards Show (2001)
Performer
James Garner: A Maverick Spirit (2000)
SAG Awards Show (1999)
Performer
Intimate Portrait: Sally Field (1998)
Interviewee
Hometown Heroes (1998)
Interviewee
Lee Strasberg: The Method Man (1998)
Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997)
Narrator
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Flex Appeal (1996)
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
Presenter
The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (1995)
Performer
A Century of Women (1994)
Voice
Addicted to Fame (1994)
An American Reunion: The 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala (1993)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1993)
Performer
The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1992)
Presenter
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1992)
Performer
Voices That Care (1991)
The New Hollywood (1990)
Sally Field & Tom Hanks' Punchline Party (1988)
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)
The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder (1986)
Performer
The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1986)
Presenter
The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish (1984)
Performer
Lily For President (1982)
All the Way Home (1981)
Molly Follet

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

David Copperfield (2000)
Aunt Betsey Trotwood
From the Earth to the Moon (1998)
A Woman of Independent Means (1995)
Bess Steed Garner
Sybil (1976)

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

A Woman of Independent Means (1995)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1965

Made TV debut as the boy-struck, surfer girl Frances 'Gidget' Lawrence on the ABC series "Gidget"

1967

Breakthrough TV role, playing Sister Bertrille on the ABC series "The Flying Nun"

1967

Made feature film debut in the epic Western "The Way West"

1971

Played a runaway hippie who returns to her parents' home in the ABC TV-movie "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring"

1971

Landed recurring role on the ABC Western comedy "Alias Smith and Jones"

1973

Cast opposite John Davidson on the NBC sitcom "The Girl with Something Extra"

1975

First lead role in a feature, playing Jeff Bridges' working-class girlfriend in "Stay Hungry"

1976

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"

1977

First of four films with Burt Reynolds, "Smokey and the Bandit"; earned a Golden Globe nomination; began off-screen romantic relationship with Reynolds

1979

Delivered breakthrough film role, playing the titular Southern textile worker who organizes her fellow employees in "Norma Rae"

1981

Formed production company Fogwood Films

1981

Played a prostitute opposite Tommy Lee Jones in "Back Roads"

1981

Played an inexperienced reporter opposite Paul Newman in "Absence of Malice"; earned a Golden Globe nomination

1982

Co-starred with James Caan and Jeff Bridges in the comedy "Kiss Me Goodbye"; earned a Golden Globe nomination

1984

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

1985

First film credit for Fogwood, "Murphy's Romance" (co-starring Field and James Garner), earned a Golden Globe nomination

1988

First film with Tom Hanks, "Punchline"; played a housewife attempting to pursue a career as a standup comic

1989

Played Julia Roberts' mother in Herbert Ross' film adaptation of the off-Broadway play "Steel Magnolias"; earned a Golden Globe nomination

1991

First film as producer, "Dying Young" starring Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott

1991

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

1991

Delivered a terrific turn as a diva-like soap opera actress in "Soapdish"

1993

Played the wife of Robin Williams and the love interest of Pierce Brosnan in Chris Columbus's "Mrs. Doubtfire"

1994

Portrayed the title character's mother in the Academy Award-winning film "Forrest Gump"; re-teamed with Tom Hanks

1995

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

1996

Directorial debut, the ABC TV-movie "The Christmas Tree"; also scripted and produced

1998

Made a cameo appearance on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" as Secretary #91

1998

Directed "The Original Wives Club" segment of the award-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"; series executive produced by Tom Hanks

1999

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

2000

Feature directorial debut, "Beautiful" starring Minnie Driver

2000

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

2001

Played supporting role as Heather Graham's mother in "Say It Isn't So"

2003

Played a congresswoman opposite Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde"

2006

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

2006

Played the sick mother of four in the bittersweet comedy "Two Weeks"

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series

2012

Returned to film acting as Peter Parker's Aunt May in "The Amazing Spider-Man"

2012

Portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"

Photo Collections

Norma Rae - Movie Posters
Norma Rae - Movie Posters

Videos

Movie Clip

Steel Magnolias (1989) - Serve Him On Toast Amid bedlam preparing the house for the small-town Louisiana wedding reception for Shelby (Julia Roberts, not seen here), the first scene for Shirley MacLaine as nutty neighbor Ouizer, enraged with father-of-the-bride Tom Skerritt, who’s frightened her dog by using gunshots to scare away birds, early in Steel Magnolias, 1989, from Robert Harling’s play.
Steel Magnolias (1989) - Dearly Beloved About 30 minutes in, the Louisiana wedding of Julia Roberts as Shelby (the credited singer is Gale. J. Odom), Sally Field her mom, Shirley MacLaine as cranky Ouizer, Dolly Parton as stylist Truvy, Olympia Dukakis the widow Belcher, Tom Skerritt the father, his hearing compromised by earlier efforts to scare off birds, and Dylan McDermott the groom, in Steel Magnolias, 1989.
Steel Magnolias (1989) - My Colors Are Blush And Bashful The first ensemble scene in the Louisiana hair salon (where Robert Harling’s whole original play took place), on the day of the wedding of Julia Roberts (as Shelby), Sally Field her mother, Dolly Parton the proprietor Truvy, Daryl Hannah the new gal Annelle, Olympia Dukakis the widow Belcher, Herbert Ross directing, in Steel Magnolias, 1989.
Hooper (1978) - Perfect Companion With language that might not be chosen today, and their relationship undefined, Burt Reynolds as the stunt-man title character arrives home from the set to fairly-worried Sally Field as Gwen (the two were a couple at the time), with impressive double-talking, Hal Needham directing, in Hooper, 1978.
Hooper (1978) - We May Be In Trouble First an uncredited song (the singer’s sign-off maybe the inspiration for the Toby Keith hit?) then title character Burt Reynolds with his crew at an LA bar, his squeeze Sally Field, Brian Keith and later Jan-Michael Vincent, tangle with a gang led by Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw, the reigning Super Bowl MVP (with stunt stalwart Robert Tessier), in Hooper, 1978.
Norma Rae (1979) - It Goes Like It Goes Real photos of the young Sally Field (title character), Martin Ritt directing factory scenes from Opelika, Alabama, and Jennifer Warnes' much-praised rendering of the Oscar-winning song by David Shire and Norman Gimbel, opening Norma Rae, 1979.
Norma Rae (1979) - Things Can Get To You Still not comfortable in her new job as a floor supervisor, Sally Field (title character) strikes up a sudden acquaintance with fellow mill worker Sonny (Beau Bridges), her dad (Pat Hingle) not approving, in Martin Ritt's Norma Rae, 1979.
Norma Rae (1979) - What A Union Is Sally Field (title character) in the crowd as New York union organizer Reuben (Ron Liebman) makes his famous speech in a back-woods North Carolina church, her pal Bonnie Mae (Gail Strickland) among his supporters, in Martin Ritt's Norma Rae, 1979.
Absence Of Malice (1981) - Off The Record Miami reporter Megan (Sally Field), with editor McAdam (Josef Sommer), decides to visit scheming Federal union-corruption task force lawyer Rosen (Bob Balaban), early in Sydney Pollack's Absence Of Malice, 1981.
Absence Of Malice (1981) - Dealing With Girilfriends Catholic school secretary Teresa (Melinda Dillon) meets reporter Megan (Sally Field), hoping to alibi her murder suspect friend (Paul Newman, not seen), revealing her secret almost an hour into the film, in Sydney Pollack's Absence Of Malice, 1981.
Beyond The Poseidon Adventure (1979) - I Hope You're A Religious Man On his tug in the Mediterranean the morning after the first movie, Captain Turner (Michael Caine) with mate Wilbur (Karl Malden) and semi-stowaway Celeste (Sally Field) find the liner, planning salvage, when Telly Savalas arrives, playing a Greek doctor, in Beyond The Poseidon Adventure, 1979.
Beyond The Poseidon Adventure (1979) - Did You Come By Canoe? A quick roll call as Michael Caine and his improvised salvage crew (Sally Field, Karl Malden), with Telly Savalas heading a Greek medical team, discover survivors not seen in the original, Veronica Hamel, Peter Boyle and Shirley Jones with back-stories, in Beyond The Poseidon Adventure, 1979.

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Family

Margaret Field
Mother
Former actor. Paramount contract actor; from the South.
Richard Dryden Field
Father
Drug salesman. Divorced from Field's mother c. 1950; died on April 30, 1993 of complications from a stroke.
Jock Mahoney
Step-Father
Actor. Stuntman turned actor; played Tarzan; starred in TV series, "Yancy Darringer".
Betty Fleet Field
Aunt
Drama coach. Died on January 19 1995 at age 83.
Richard Dryden Field Jr
Brother
Physics professor. Born on April 14, 1944.
Princess Mahoney
Half-Sister
Assistant director, actor. Born on August 20, 1952.
Shirley Field
Half-Sister
Younger.
Elizabeth Jane Field
Half-Sister
Younger.
Peter Craig
Son
Novelist. Born on November 10, 1969; published "The Martini Shot" in 1998.
Elijah Craig
Son
Actor. Born on May 25, 1972; made film debut in "The Rage: Carrie 2".
Samuel H Greisman
Son
Born on December 2, 1987.
Isabel McCoy Craig
Granddaughter
Born on February 13, 1998; father, Peter Craig; mother, Amy Scattergood.

Companions

Steve Craig
Husband
Contractor. Married on September 16, 1968; divorced in 1975.
Burt Reynolds
Companion
Actor, producer. Together for five years (1977-82); acted together in the films "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), "The End" (1978), "Hooper" (1978) and "Smokey and the Bandit II (1980).
Alan Greisman
Husband
Producer. Married on December 1984; named Motion Picture President of Savoy Pictures Entertainment in July 1992; separated in January 1994; Field filed for divorce on June 24, 1994.

Bibliography

"Sally Field"
Jason Bonderoff, St. Martin's Press (1987)

Notes

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.