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Overview (3)

Born in Pasadena, California, USA
Birth NameSally Margaret Field
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sally Margaret Field was born November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field (née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field. Sally attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California.

Her acting career began in 1965, when she landed the role of Frances Elizabeth 'Gidget' Lawrence in Gidget (1965); it was canceled after only one season because of bad ratings. She went on to star in The Flying Nun (1967), which ran for three seasons. She also appeared in her first film in 1967, The Way West (1967) opposite Kirk Douglas. In the next few years she appeared in numerous TV movies and TV shows such as Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (1971), Marriage: Year One (1971), The Girl with Something Extra (1973), and Sybil (1976). In 1977 she starred alongside then-boyfriend Burt Reynolds in the box office hit Smokey and the Bandit (1977), which led to a less successful sequel in 1980. In 1979 she starred in the popular film Norma Rae (1979) and she received her first Oscar for that role.

In the years that followed she starred in films such as Absence of Malice (1981), Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), Places in the Heart (1984) (she received her second Oscar for her role), Murphy's Romance (1985), Punchline (1988) and Steel Magnolias (1989). In 1993 she starred alongside Robin Williams and Pierce Brosnan in the popular comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). A year after, she played the role of Tom Hanks character's mother (even though she's only ten years older than he is in real life) in Forrest Gump (1994). The film was a huge commercial success and won six Academy awards.

Since then she has appeared in TV movies and miniseries such as A Woman of Independent Means (1995), Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997), From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and David Copperfield (2000). In 2000 she appeared in the film Where the Heart Is (2000) with Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, and in 2003 she starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003). She also appeared in 12 episodes of ER (1994) from 2000 to 2006. From 2006 to 2011, she played the role of matriarch Nora Walker in the hit television show Brothers & Sisters (2006), which earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Getting back into film, she earned her third Oscar nomination for Lincoln (2012) and played Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its blockbuster sequel.

Sally has been married twice, first to Steven Craig from 1968 to 1973. They had two sons together, Peter Craig and Eli Craig. Her second marriage was to film producer Alan Greisman from 1984 to 1994. They had one son together, Samuel Greisman. Between marriages, from 1976 to 1980, she was in a relationship with Burt Reynolds.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A.G.

Family (4)

Spouse Alan Greisman (15 December 1984 - 24 June 1994)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Steven Craig (16 September 1968 - 1 August 1975)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Children Greisman, Samuel
Peter Craig
Eli Craig
Parents Margaret Field
Field, Richard Dryden
Relatives Field, Richard (sibling)
Princess O'Mahoney (half sibling)

Trade Mark (2)

Strong-willed mothers who try to make a better life for their children
Natural brunette hair

Trivia (58)

Good friends with Goldie Hawn and longtime friends with Pat Mitchell.
Auditioned for the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate (1967).
Daughter of actress Margaret Field (née Margaret Joy Morlan), who was born in Houston, Texas. Ex-stepdaughter of actor Jock Mahoney.
Daughter of Richard Dryden Field (1914-1993), a US Army captain, and Margaret Field (1922-2011), a contract player with Paramount Pictures who starred in B movies. They were married from 1942 until 1950.
Paternal granddaughter of Fleet Folsom (1881-1948) and Jane Elizabeth (née Fox) Field (1882-1961). Both were born and raised in the state of Pennsylvania.
Has four grandchildren; Isabel (b. 1998) and Sophie (b. 2001) via son Peter Craig, and Noah (b. 2006) and Colin (b. 2014) via son Eli Craig.
Was asked to play the lead role in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987).
Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s television series The Fall Guy (1981).
Protested alongside fellow actresses Jane Fonda, Christine Lahti, and playwright Eve Ensler urging the Mexican government to re-investigate the slaying of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border. [February 2004]
Graduate of Birmingham High School, Van Nuys, California, Class of 1964 with Michael Ovitz, who later became her agent. Field's class voted her "Class Clown". Another fellow student was Cindy Williams.
Her Oscar-winning performance as Norma Rae Webster in Norma Rae (1979) was ranked #15 on the American Film Institute's heroes list in their compilation of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.
Co-starred with Burt Reynolds in four films: Smokey and the Bandit (1977), The End (1978), Hooper (1978) and Smokey and the Bandit II (1980).
Turned down the lead role of Alice Hardy in Friday the 13th (1980).
Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989.
Half-sister of Princess O'Mahoney.
While filming the scene in Norma Rae (1979) where she is dragged out to the police car, she struggled and kicked so hard that she broke the rib of one of the men playing a police officer.
Her performance as Norma Rae Webster in Norma Rae (1979) is ranked #73 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Has three films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: Places in the Heart (1984) at #95, Forrest Gump (1994) at #37, and Norma Rae (1979) at #16.
In Punchline (1988), she plays Tom Hanks' love interest. In Forrest Gump (1994), they play mother and son.
Has an older brother, Richard Dryden Field, a physicist.
Made two different appearances as a contestant on The Dating Game (1965).
Is an alumna of the Lee Strasberg Institute, as are Harvey Keitel, Frank Miranda, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
Mother-in-law of actress Sasha Craig.
In 1988, she survived the crash of her private airplane with no injuries. The plane lost power on take-off and skidded into some parked airplanes on the tarmac.
1966 Deb Star.
Both Sally and her mother, Margaret Field, have osteoporosis.
Her mother, Margaret Field, died on November 6, 2011, the day of Sally's 65th birthday.
Owns a production company: Fogwood Films.
Dated Burt Reynolds for 4 years, but she refused his marriage proposals and eventually they broke up. He still (2018) says she's the love of his life.
Moved into a new apartment in a prestigious but very low-key building on Horatio St in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. [July 2012]
Field was awarded a 2012 Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality award for her advocacy for gay rights issues. The award was presented by her youngest son, Sam Greisman, who is openly gay.
Gave birth to her first child at age 23, a son, Peter Craig, on November 10, 1969. Child's father is her first husband, Steven Craig.
Gave birth at age 25 to her second child, a son, Elijah M. Craig (aka Eli Craig), on May 25, 1972. Child's father is her first husband, Steven Craig.
Gave birth at age 41 to her third child, a son, Samuel H. Morlan Greisman (aka Sam Greisman), on December 2, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. Child's father is her second husband, Alan Greisman.
Is honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival with its Career Achievement Award on January 5, 2013.
The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is 28 years, between Places in the Heart (1984) and Lincoln (2012).
Acting mentor and friend of Matthew Rhys.
Was the first choice for the role of Veronica Quaife in David Cronenberg's remake The Fly (1986), which went to Geena Davis.
Is one of 15 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Gloria Grahame, Jo Van Fleet, Liza Minnelli, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Keaton, Anjelica Huston, Cher, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Marcia Gay Harden and Brie Larson.
As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984), Forrest Gump (1994) and Lincoln (2012). Forrest Gump (1994) is the only winner in the category. It is also the only film for which she did not give an Oscar nominated performance. She won Best Actress for the first two films.
Was the 83rd actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Norma Rae (1979) at The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) on April 14, 1980.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 5, 2014.
She has English, Irish, German, and Dutch, ancestry. Her paternal great-grandfather, John Quincy Field, was born in Grimsby, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada.
Her 1985 Oscar acceptance speech was mocked by the title character (Jim Carrey) in The Mask (1994), when she won Best Actress for Places in the Heart (1984). Her actual words were "You like me... right now, you like me!" but was often misquoted as "...you really like me!" or "...you really love me!".
She has worked with 5 directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Sydney Pollack, Robert Benton, Robert Zemeckis, John Schlesinger, and Steven Spielberg.
Is one of two actresses who have won both the Best Actress Oscar (hers being for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984)) and the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy (hers being for Brothers & Sisters (2006)). The other actress is Glenda Jackson.
Considers her on-screen kiss with James Garner as the best kiss she ever had.
The unexpected death of ex-boyfriend Burt Reynolds on September 6, 2018 comes 12 days before the release of Field's autobiography "In Pieces". Reynolds was still publicly declaring his love for Field as recently as March. When Sally appeared on The View (1997) to promote her book, she said she hadn't really spoken to Burt in 30 years.
Became pregnant at age 17 but underwent an abortion in Tijuana, Mexico.
Was three months pregnant with her son Sam Greisman when she completed filming on Punchline (1988).
Returned to work seven months after giving birth to her son Sam Greisman to begin filming Steel Magnolias (1989).
When Sally's ex-boyfriend Steven Craig proposed in 1968, he couched it in the form of an ultimatum: "Marry me, or I will marry someone else." Field accepted. The "someone else" was actress Ronne Troup, who in 1967 had begun filming the Flying Nun pilot as the lead (Sister Bertrille) after Field had turned down the role. Troup got bumped when Field (who Screen Gems had actually had in mind for the part from the beginning) was convinced by her stepfather to change her mind and accept the job.
Spoofed her 1985 Academy Award acceptance speech in a 2000 commercial.
She has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Norma Rae (1979) and Forrest Gump (1994).
Born at 4:23 AM (PST).
Friends with husband and wife Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw.
Dated Pete Duel, Davy Jones, Lee Majors, Jimmy Webb, Kevin Kline and Johnny Carson. After her second divorce she was briefly involved with Jerry D. Knight. She's kept her love life quiet since then.
Had to turn down the female lead in Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) due to scheduling conflicts with her TV series.

Personal Quotes (20)

My agent said, "You aren't good enough for movies." I said, "You're fired."
When I was born, the doctor looked at my mother and said, "Congratulations, you have an actor!"
[upon accepting her 1985 Best Actress Oscar] This means so much more to me this time, I don't know why. I think the first time I hardly felt it because it was all too new. But I want to say "Thank you" to you. I haven't had an orthodox career. And I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it. But this time I feel it. And I can't deny the fact that you like me . . . right now . . . you like me. Thank you.
My country is still so repressed. Our idea of what is sexual is blonde hair, long legs, 22 years old. It has nothing to do with humour, intelligence, warmth, everything to do with teeth and cleavage.
Norma Rae (1979) is inspirational because it's the type of film where one person can be heard.
Forrest Gump (1994) is filled full of moments where your heart just cheers.
[on Burt Reynolds] What I look for mostly in a man is humor, honesty and a mustache. Burt has all three.
[1985 quote on Goldie Hawn] Goldie does something that none of the other actresses can do. She has a whimsy and a comedic ability that no one else has. We can all imitate her, but we can't get near it. I don't think that Goldie has yet branched out as much as she would like to dramatically, because she's such big box office doing what she does.
[on James Garner] If men only knew what's appealing to a woman is how a man makes her feel about herself. Jim is funny and dear and he laughs at my jokes. That's what makes Jim sexy; it doesn't change with years.
[on the death of Bea Arthur] She just was great and I wish I could have that kind of longevity of greatness.
[on playing Nora Walker] The first thing older mothers say when they meet me is just how much they enjoy the show. The women my age who watch it love it because the show is about them. It's about being the mother of grown-ups. They don't really get to tune into anything else on TV, or see films they can relate to, so it's great to see their lives portrayed on Brothers & Sisters (2006).
There are not a lot of places for an actor to explore what it's like to be a woman in her 60s. There aren't any films about it and there very few TV series about it.
[on trying her hand at golf] I would go to all these locations and think ... why don't I play golf? People walk around and enjoy God, God's gifts, the trees, so I think I've always thought I should have that in my life.
[In 2004, recalling her TV show The Flying Nun (1967) to Archive of American Television] I always certainly tried to do my best with it but deeply didn't want to do it. It went for 3 years. It was hugely important time in my life, because I learned a lot, because I didn't want to do it, and because I hated it every day. I hated the garbage. I felt it was just trivia that I had to say. With Gidget (1965), there was some kernel of something real in it. It was the father-daughter relationship that I always could hang on. But there was nothing in the nun that I could make sense out of. It made no sense to me. It was just drivel. And people when they hear me talk like that, they get very angry, "Oh, I grew up with that! I loved it." Well, God bless gesund that you loved it, but it was drivel and nonsense. There wasn't any piece of it that had any human behavior in it. And that bothered me....Madeleine Sherwood, who played Mother Superior, recognized my depression and how difficult this was for me and she recognized why, and she took me to the Actor's Studio. I didn't know that's where I needed to be, and it came a huge turning point in my life.
Being a mom is everything. It's mentorship, it's inspirational, its our hope for the future.
The industry has always, but certainly now to a huge degree, played to young men, and made a self-fulfilling prophecy about films that aren't directed toward young men by saying there's no audience for it. So they put no money in it, they don't promote it, and then when it doesn't make as much money as the films for young boys, they say, "You see?"
Having a long-term career is really about how to ride it and not be rigid. Keep asking yourself "What really blows my skirts up?" To me, it's finding the work.
What appealed to me about Sister Bertrille and The Flying Nun (1967)? I tell you the truth. Nothing. Nothing. I didn't want to do it.
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 think I'm much darker than people suspect.

Salary (8)

Gidget (1965) $500 per week
The Flying Nun (1967) $4,500 /episode (1967-68)
Hooper (1978) $250,000
Norma Rae (1979) $400,000
Places in the Heart (1984) $1,500,000
Murphy's Romance (1985) $2,500,000
Brothers & Sisters (2006) $100,000 /episode (2007-08)
Brothers & Sisters (2006) $150,000 /episode (2009-10)

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