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Sally Field

Sally Field


11/6/1946, Pasadena, California, USA

Birth Name

Sally Margaret Field


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This girlishly attractive actress-the daughter of actress Margaret Field-began her career as the impossibly perky TV "Gidget" in 1965, then went on to play the impossibly perky "The Flying Nun" from 1967 to 1970. Some limited fame and financial rewards accrued, but both roles proved formidable obstacles in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2001, Sally won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series playing Maggie Wyczenski on ER.

    • 1985, Sally won an another Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role playing Edna Spalding on Places in the Heart.

    • In 1980, Sally won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role playing Norma on Norma Rae.

    • In 1977, Sally won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special playing Sybil Dorsett on Sybil.

    • Sally used to earn $500 for every episode of Gidget.

    • Sally has an older brother, Richard Dryden Field, who is a physicist by profession

    • In 1988, she and her family survived a crash of their charter plane which lost power on takeoff.

    • Sally has appeared on the cover pages of the following magazines:
      Quick & Simple
      AARP: The Magazine
      My Generation
      TV Guide
      Ladies' Home Journal

    • Sally is right-handed.

    • Sally has been in TV commercials and print advertisements for GlaxoSmithKline's Boniva osteoporosis treatment.

    • In the year 2000, she appeared in a TV commercial for Charles Schwab Investing.

    • As of 2008, Sally has been nominated for 6 SAG Awards. The nominations were:
      1995 - "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role" for Forrest Gump. 1996 - "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" for A Woman of Independent Means. 2000 - "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" for A Cooler Climate.
      2001 - "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" for David Copperfield.
      2001 - "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series" for ER.
      2008 - "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series" for Brothers and Sisters. She has never won a SAG Award, only been nominated.

    • On December 13, 2007, Sally Field was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Series" category for her performance in Brothers & Sisters.

    • At the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards, Sally won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Nora Walker in ABC's Brothers & Sisters. She was nominated again in 2008.

    • In February 2007, Sally and Jane Fonda made a pact together to never have plastic surgery and to age gracefully instead.

    • While filming the scene in Norma Rae, Sally was dragged out to the police car, she struggled and kicked so hard that she broke the arm of one of the men playing a police officer.

    • Sally is 5 feet 2.5 inches (1.59 metres) tall.

    • Sally married Steven Craig in September of 1968 and they divorced in 1975. They had two children together.

    • Sally married Alan Greisman in December of 1984 and they divorced in 1993 they had one child together.

    • Sally is good friends with Goldie Hawn.

    • Sally has two sons from her first marriage named Peter and Eli.

    • Sally has one son from her second marriage named Samuel.

    • Sally dated Burt Reynolds for many years, but refused his numerous proposals, and they eventually broke up.

    • Sally's Oscar winning performance as Norma Rae Webster from her film Norma Rae 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.

    • Sally graduate of Birmingham High School, Van Nuys, California, Class of 1964 with Michael Ovitz. Ovitz later became her agent. Sally's class voted her Class Clown.

    • After being diagnosed with osteoporosis, Sally created the Rally With Sally For Bone Health campaign.

    • Sally appeared on the cover of the March 1986 issue of Playboy magazine, but she did not appear as a pictorial subject inside the magazine.

    • Sally testified before a Congressional committee about farm problems.

    • Sally auditioned for the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate.

    • Sally's measurements are 33-23-34. (edit)

    • She got $126,737 for her role in Smokey and the Bandit (1977).

    • She got $219,200 for her role in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).

    • She got $329,691 for her role in Forrest Gump (1994).

    • She got $90,639 for her role in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003).

    • She was both writer and producer for the TV film The Christmas Tree (1996).

    • She was given a special thanks at the end of the tv film The Myth, the Magic, the Man (1993).

    • Sally was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989.

    • Her favorite movie is Smokey and the Bandit (1977).

    • She's stepsister of Princess O'Mahoney.

    • Sally stars in a commercial for Boniva. (2006)

  • Quotes

    • Sally: If the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place!

    • Sally Field: (about today's young stars) I can't even imagine the pressure these young people are under. I thought it was rough juggling a high-profile career with raising a family, but now you look at someone like Britney Spears and think, "Wow, we had it easy." When I started out, there were a few fan magazines, but there was no Entertainment Tonight, and certainly not the 24-hour media force that the Internet has become. Entire industries have been created to make money on Britney Spears, and that's grisly. I can't imagine what it's like for her children to be caught up in that gossip.

    • Sally Field: Whoever the next President of our country is, man or woman, it needs to be a mother. I don't think mothers are only female. I think mothering is a quality, a character trait. Mothering is about responsibility. There are plenty of men who are great, great mothers. People who care more about their children and their children's children than about getting money in their pocket are great mothers. That's how you protect your people. That's how you move into the future.

    • Sally Field: Motherhood is given the brush-off in our society. "Oh, I'm just a mom," you hear women say. Just a mom??? Please! Being a mom is everything. It's mentorship, it's inspirational, and it's our hope for the future.

    • Sally Field: The big issue in Gidget was my bellybutton. I could never show it. All the other girls bounced around in skimpy bikinis. Gidget's bathing suit always had to cover her bellybutton. Gidget was only half a person-- all fantasy and no kissing. It was a reflection of the destructive morality of the 50s and 60s, which is when I was brought up. Everybody thought that men were out to get you-- especially if you showed your bellybutton. And men, in turn, thought they had to get you. When young people get married thinking like that --and so many did-- it has to mean trouble.

    • Sally: (on the return of Brothers & Sisters after the WGA Strike) It feels great to be back. Great for me, great for the industry, great for the country and just generally great.

    • Sally Field (on why she took the role of Nora Walker on "Brothers and Sisters"): I loved what they wanted to do: they wanted to look at this big American family with a very strong father figure, a real patriarchal family, but that over time became a matriarchal family, where the women were the strong voices.

    • Sally Field (on filming movies while also working on "Brothers and Sisters"): You know, the truth of the matter is, we have so much little time off. I feel like: "Please God, don't let anything come my way!" We worked last year 10 months straight... I think television right now is exploring more relationships and people things than film is. I don't really have a desire to stand there and not be acting.

    • Sally Field: I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles. I have no larger issue that I really want to show people. I'm an actor, that's all. I just do what I do.

    • Sally Field: It's put ... together into a cohesive, chronological line of events.

    • Sally Field: I've never held a gun. I've never shot a gun. I don't ever want to do it again.

    • Sally Field: I was shaking all over. I didn't like it and I felt that way when we shot the sequences, but I thought my character felt that way.

    • Sally Field: I've never been an actor who goes and really gets off on being nuts and never gets out of it. There would be times when I would be crying for hours and hours and hours, but mostly they were in and out of the picture. There were times to go hide and times to come out and play.

    • Sally Field: Last year I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was over 50, Caucasian, thin, small-framed, and I have it in my genetic history. It was almost a slam-dunk

    • Sally Field: I never really address myself to any image anybody has of me. That's like fighting with ghosts.

    • Sally Field: But there isn't any second half of myself waiting to plug in and make me whole. It's there. I'm already whole.

    • Sally Field: I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.

    • Sally Field: 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.

    • Sally Field (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.

    • Sally Field: When I was born, the doctor looked at my mother and said 'Congratulations, you have an actor'!

    • Sally Field: My agent said, 'You aren't good enough for movies.' I said, 'You're fired.'

    • Sally Field: It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.

    • Sally Field: I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.

    • Sally Field: But there isn't any second half of myself waiting to plug in and make me whole. It's there. I'm already whole.

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  • Played great roles perfect for a great lady

    She has a "Feynman Number" (interpreted here as the graph-theoretic relationship "a close acquaintenance of") of two, since her brother, theoretical physicist Richard D. (Rick) Field, collaborated with Richard Feynman in the middle-late 1970s. Field dated Burt Reynolds for many years. She was first married to Steven Craig from 1968 to 1975. In 1984, she married Alan Greisman. The couple divorced in 1993.

    Field has two sons from her first marriage. Her son Peter Craig is a novelist; his brother Eli Craig is an actor and director. Her third son, Sam Greisman, is from her second marriage.

    Now playng nora walker on Brothers & Sisters as the great mother of the family thought to be naive but not all as is it seemsmoreless
  • Sally Field currently plays Nora on Brothers & Sisters.

    I have seen Sally Field in many TV shows and movies since I was a little kid, and I have to say that I have always felt that Sally Field was an amazing actress. Sally Field's current role as Nora Holden on Brothers & Sisters is definitely my favorite of all the roles that I've seen her play. Sally really shines in the role. Her portrayal of Nora really makes each episode an amazing work of TV. I couldn't imagine any other actress in the role of Nora. She's absolutely perfect for the role. I hope that Sally Field continues to grace our screens for years to come.moreless