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.