With a career that has spanned over five decades, Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and a three-time Emmy Award winning actress, who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both large and small screens. Her extensive film credits include performances in Robert Benton’s PLACES IN THE HEART (1984), for which she received both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae (1979), receiving not only the Academy Award but also a Golden Globe, the New York Film Critics prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. For her performance as Mary Todd in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012), she was given the New York Film Critics prize for best supporting actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA and an Academy Award. Ms. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Absence of Malice (1981), Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), Steel Magnolias (1989) and received both SAG and BAFTA nomination for her work in Forrest Gump (1994). Her other films include An Eye for An Eye (1996), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Soapdish (1991), Not Without My Daughter (1991), The End (1978), Hooper (1978), Stay Hungry (1976; her first major film role), and Hello, My Name is Doris in 2016. She starred in both Punchline (1998) and Murphy’s Romance (1985), which were produced by her production company, Fogwood Films.
Born in Pasadena, California and raised in a show business family, Ms. Field began her career in 1964 in the television series Gidget. She went on to star in the The Flying Nun in 1967 and eventually starred in three television series by the age of twenty-five. She received Emmy Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries Sybil, and for her performance as a bi-polar mother on ER. For her role as Nora Walker on the ABC series Brothers & Sisters, which ran from 2006 to 2011, she received an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and two Golden Globe nominations.
In 2002, Ms. Field made her Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s The Goat and in 2004, received rave reviews for her role as “Amanda” in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at The Kennedy Center. In 2017, she revisited that role on Broadway under the direction of Sam Gold at which time she was nominated for a Tony.
This fall, Grand Central Books will publish Sally’s memoir, In Pieces. Seven years in the making, In Pieces is an honest and extraordinary account of how Field learned to stand on her own two feet. Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but also deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships—including her complicated love for her own mother.
In 2012, Field was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and 2015, she was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts. She has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices since 2002 and also served on the Board of The Sundance Institute from 1994 to 2010.
Sally has three sons and five grandchildren.