Sally Field

Actor, Producer, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1946 in Pasadena, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (107)

Hello, My Name Is Doris 2015 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 (Movie)

Aunt May (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

20/20 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

Mary Todd Lincoln (Actor)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 (Movie)

Aunt May (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers & Sisters 1994 - 1997, 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desert of Forbidden Art 2011 (Movie)

(Voice)

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Dateline NBC: Going for Gold 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2000 - 2003, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two Weeks 2006 (Movie)

Anita Bergman (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

Congresswoman Rudd (Actor)

Jackie Gleason: The Great One 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Court 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

David Copperfield 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

James Garner: A Maverick Spirit 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Newman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Say It Isn't So 2001 (Movie)

Valdine Wingfield (Actor)

The 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

Mama Lil (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Sally Field 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lee Strasberg: The Method Man 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Christmas, George Bailey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

King of the Hill 1997 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Flex Appeal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Eye for An Eye 1996 (Movie)

Karen McCann (Actor)

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 1996 (Movie)

of Sassy (Voice)

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Gump (Actor)

Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey 1993 (Movie)

of Sassy--The Cat (Voice)

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

Miranda Hillard (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (12/23/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Without My Daughter 1991 (Movie)

Betty Mahmoody (Actor)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Celeste Talbert (Actor)

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sally Field & Tom Hanks' Punchline Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

M'lynn Eatenton (Actor)

Punchline 1988 (Movie)

Lilah Krytsick (Actor)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

Daisy Morgan (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy's Romance 1985 (Movie)

Emma Moriarty (Actor)

Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

Edna Spalding (Actor)

All the Way Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

Lily For President 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Absence of Malice 1981 (Movie)

Megan (Actor)

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

Amy Post (Actor)

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

Carrie (Actor)

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Celeste Whitman (Actor)

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

Norma Rae (Actor)

Hooper 1978 (Movie)

Gwen (Actor)

The End 1978 (Movie)

Mary Ellen (Actor)

Heroes 1977 (Movie)

Carol Bell (Actor)

Smokey and the Bandit 1977 (Movie)

Carrie (Actor)

Stay Hungry 1976 (Movie)

Mary Tate Farnsworth (Actor)

The Girl With Something Extra 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Hitched 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Home For the Holidays 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Hey, Landlord 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Gidget 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Way West 1966 (Movie)

Mercy McBee (Actor)

A Cooler Climate (TV Show)

Actor

Alias Smith and Jones (TV Show)

Actor

Bridger (TV Show)

Actor

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Marriage: Year One (TV Show)

Actor

Mongo's Back in Town (TV Show)

Actor

Sybil (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Beautiful 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Christmas Tree 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

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.

Relationships

Eli Craig Director

Son
Born May 25, 1972; father Steven Craig; film debut, "The Rage: Carrie 2" (1999); made writing and directing debut, "The Tao of Pong" (2004)

Steven Craig

Husband
Married Sept. 16, 1968 Divorced Aug. 1, 1975

Peter Craig Production Assistant

Son
Born Nov. 10, 1969; father, Steve Craig; debut novel, The Martini Shot (1998); also penned Hot Plastic (2004)

Richard Field

Father
Divorced from Field's mother c. 1950 Died April 30, 1993 of complications from a stroke

Margaret Field Actor

Mother
Born May 10, 1923; Paramount contract actor; divorced from Field's father c. 1950; remarried to actor and stuntman Jock Mahoney Died of cancer on Nov. 6, 2011

Richard Field

Brother
Born April 14, 1944

Elizabeth Field

Half-Sister
Younger

Shirley Field

Half-Sister
Younger

Betty Field

Aunt

Alan Greisman Producer

Husband
Married Dec. 15, 1984 Divorced Dec. 20, 1993

Samuel Greisman

Son
Born Dec. 2, 1987; father Alan Greisman

Jock Mahoney Actor

Step-Father
Born Feb. 7, 1919; married Field's mother Margaret in 1952; stuntman turned actor; portrayed Tarzan in "Tarzan Goes to India" (1962) and the title character on the CBS series "Yancy Derringer"

Princess O'Mahoney Actor

Half-Sister
Born Aug. 20, 1952 to Margaret Field and Jock Mahoney

Burt Reynolds Actor

Companion
Began dating 1977 Co-starred in several films, including "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), "The End" (1978), "Hooper" (1978), and "Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) Split 1982

EDUCATION

Birmingham High School

Van Nuys , California
Attended with financier Michael Milken, actress Cindy Williams and talent agent/CAA co-founder Michael Ovitz

San Fernando Valley State College

Northridge , California

The Actors Studio

New York , New York 1973 - 1975

Milestones

2012

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

2012

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

2009

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

2006

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

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

2003

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

2001

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

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

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

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

1996

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

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

1994

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

1993

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

1991

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

1991

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

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

1989

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

1988

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

1985

First film credit for Fogwood, "Murphy's Romance" (co-starring Field and James Garner); 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

1982

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

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

1981

Formed production company Fogwood Films

1979

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

1977

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

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"

1975

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

1973

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

1970

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

1970

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

1967

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

1967

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

1965

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

Raised in California's San Fernando Valley

Bonus Trivia

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Field received Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year Award in 1986.

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On Oct. 29, 1988, Field and her family survived a crash of their charter plane, which lost power on takeoff.

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Field on her infamous 1985 Oscar acceptance speech: "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." – from Movieline, February 1991

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

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

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"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. It's not like I fit into a whole lot of other people's categories." – Field quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Feb. 17, 1995

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"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 Magazine, Jan. 29, 1996

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"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 needs 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." – Field to People Magazine, Jan. 29, 1996

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"I think I'm much darker than people suspect." – Field to People Magazine, Jan. 29, 1996

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