Sally Field

Sally Field

Her role as Frances 'Gidget' Lawrence on TV's Gidget (1965-1966)
Put the "Gidget," "The Flying Nun" and "you really like me" jokes aside and you've got the real Sally Field - an uncommon actress who managed to do a very uncommon thing - rise above television typecasting to become an Oscar winner. In fact, Fields' story has all the makings of a Hollywood movie in and of itself: a little girl grows up in the shadow of the Hollywood sign with an actress mother (B-movie regular Margaret Field) and a stuntman stepfather (Jock Mahoney), is chosen from 150 unknowns to make her acting debut in her own TV series ("Gidget"), overcomes years of typecasting and disappointment to win an Emmy for a television-changing performance ("Sybil") and then goes on to win not one, but two, of the film industry's highest awards. Not bad for a 5'2" little girl from Pasadena.Field was 19 years old when she found fame as the always perky TV teen "Gidget" in 1965. It would be a decade before she could leave her impossibly lighthearted television persona behind with a vehicle worthy of her talent. Field's 1976 performance in Sybil as a woman with suffering from multiple personality disorder was a television milestone and Field could easily have reaped the benefits of her electrifying performance. Instead she chose supporting roles in a series of frothy boxoffice smashes alongside then boyfriend Burt Reynolds, including Smokey and the Bandit(1977) and Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The End (1978), and Hooper (1978). When the relationship ended, Field finally began to establish herself as one of the most talented actresses of the decade, winning her first Academy Award for her performance as a gutsy union organizer in Norma Rae(1979) and going on to bring a second Oscar home five years later for her role as the depression-era widow desperate to keep her family and farm intact in Places in the Heart (1985). In between she gave a memorable performance alongside Paul Newman in Absence of Malice (1981) and went on to further boxoffice success with Murphy's Romance (1985), Punchline (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Not Without My Daughter (1991) the extremely funny but overlooked Soapdish (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), and Forrest Gump (1994).Having ventured occasionally onto the other side of the camera, Field has acted as star and producer of the TV miniseries "A Woman of Independent Means," (1995), directed an episode of the Emmy-winning miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" (produced by old friend Tom Hanks) and served as director of the Minnie Driver film Beautiful (2000). In the last few years Field has returned to acting for the medium that first gave rise to her initial fame four decades earlier with a lead in the short-lived series "The Court" and a recurring role on the long-time hit "E.R."Source: amctv.com
I never really address myself to any image anybody has of me. That's like fighting with ghosts.More Sally Field quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've never had my heart broken. It's a very sad state of affairs. I think everybody should have their heart broken. I don't think it says anything good about me at all.More Sally Field quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I would take plays and I would cut out all the other dialogue and make long monologues because I felt the other kids weren't taking it as seriously as I did.More Sally Field quotes [09/02/2011 12:09:36]
I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles. I have no larger issue that I really want to show people. I'm an actor, that's all. I just do what I do.More Sally Field quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Change is never easy.More Sally Field quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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