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As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was ... See full bio »

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 2010 Gimme Shelter (TV Movie)
Adrienne Nourse
 2008 Lake City
 2005 Nine Lives
 2004 A Home at the End of the World
Alice Glover
 2002 Fitzgerald (TV Movie)
Zelda Fitzgerald
 2001 Midwives (TV Movie)
Sibyl Danforth
 2000 Songs in Ordinary Time (TV Movie)
Marie Fermoyle
 1999 Streets of Laredo (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1999) ... Lorena
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Lorena
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Lorena
 1996 If These Walls Could Talk (TV Movie)
Barbara Barrows (segment "1974")
 1996 Beyond the Call (TV Movie)
Pam O'Brien
 1995 The Good Old Boys (TV Movie)
Spring Renfro
 1994 Trading Mom
Mommy / Mama / Mom / ...
 1994 A Place for Annie (TV Movie)
Susan Lansing
 1992 A Private Matter (TV Movie)
Sherri Finkbine
 1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
Narrator (segment "There's Something in My Attic")
- There's a Nightmare in My Closet/There's an Alligator Under My Bed/There's Something in My Attic (1992) ... Narrator (segment "There's Something in My Attic") (voice)
 1991 JFK
Liz Garrison
 1991 Hard Promises
Christine Ann Coalter
 1986 Crimes of the Heart
Babe Magrath
 1986 'night, Mother
Jessie Cates
 1986 Violets Are Blue...
Augusta 'Gussie' Sawyer
 1985 Marie
Marie Ragghianti
 1984 The River
Mae Garvey
 1983 The Man with Two Brains
Anne Uumellmahaye (voice, uncredited)
 1978 Great Performances (TV Series)
Verna Vane
- Verna: USO Girl (1978) ... Verna Vane
 1976 Welcome to L.A.
Linda Murray
 1976 Carrie
 1975 Katherine (TV Movie)
Katherine Alman
 1974 Ginger in the Morning
 1974 The Migrants (TV Movie)
Wanda Trimpin
 1973 The Rookies (TV Series)
Barbara Tabnor
- Sound of Silence (1973) ... Barbara Tabnor
 1973 Badlands
 1973 The Girls of Huntington House (TV Movie)
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Terri (segment "Love and the Old Lover")
- Love and the Missing Mister/Love and the Old Lover/Love and the Twanger Tutor (1973) ... Terri (segment "Love and the Old Lover")
 1972 Prime Cut
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Other Works:

Single: "John, You Went to Far This Time" (1969/Roulette) as "Rainbo" See more »

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1 Print Biography | 5 Interviews | 9 Articles | 8 Pictorials | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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[on why she did not want to appear in The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)] I asked if they could use some backflashes instead. I enjoyed the sequel, but hated my role in the first film. I was awful. See more »


According to her commentary on the DVD of Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), she initially aspired to be a singer and auditioned for Decca Records. The label liked her but told her she was too similar to another artist they had on their label. That artist was Loretta Lynn. See more »


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