Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek


12/25/1949, Quitman, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Mary Elizabeth Spacek


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Sissy Spacek, born 25th December 1949, is an American actress and singer. After graduating high school she left her place of birth, Texas, to find fame in New York. Her first credited acting role was in the film 'Prime Cut', released in 1972. Spacek became a household name…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1995 and 2004 was nominated for SAG Awards. In 1995 she was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" for her project A Place for Annie. In 2004, Sissy was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" for Midwives. Also in 2004, Sissy was nominated for SAG Awards for her movie In The Bedroom. The categories were "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role" and "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture".

    • On December 13, 2007, Sissy Spacek was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actress In A Leading Role - Mini-Series Or Television Movie" category for her performance in Pictures Of Hollis Woods.

    • Helen Mirren has said that she loves Sissy because "she always wears her hair the same and some black suit. I have great admiration for that".

    • Even though Sissy was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her role in In the Bedroom, she has less on-screen time than Jennifer Connelly did in A Beautiful Mind, which she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for in the same year.

    • In 2006 Sissy appeared in the critically panned movie An American Haunting. Nathan Lee of the New York Times said that her appearance in the movie "can be explained only by some unfathomable deal with Satan".

    • Sissy was a set dresser before becoming an actress, and is credited as a set dresser in the movies Death Game (1977) and Phantom of the Paradise (1974).

    • Sissy has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special twice; in 1995 for The Good Old Boys and in 2002 for Last Call.

    • For her role in Crimes of the Heart, Sissy received a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

    • As part of research into her role as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miners Daughter (1979), Sissy joined Loretta on her tour to observe her behaviour.

    • Sissy decorated the entire house that her character lives in in the moive In the Bedroom.

    • Sissy was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in 1985 for her role as "Mae Garvey" in The River.

    • In the film In the Bedroom Sissy had to do a total of 15 different takes in which her character, Ruth Fowler, slapped Marsei Tomei's character, Natalie Strout. The final take was the one used in the completed film.

    • Sissy has never appeared in a film that has won the Oscar for Best Picture although she has appeared in 4 films that have been nominated for the award. They are; Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Missing (1982), JFK (1991), and In the Bedroom (2001)

    • Sissy has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine twice; in 1979 and 1982.

    • Sissy was one of the many past Oscar winners who appeared at the 75th Academy Awards live on stage in a tribute to over 50 past Oscar winners.

    • Sissy is the mother of actress Schuyler Fisk who has starred in episodes of One Tree Hill and Law and Order: SVU.

    • In an interview in 2002 British actress Helen Mirren said she hated the Oscar's ceremony and that she "love(s) people like Sissy Spacek who absolutely doesn't engage in that stuff".

    • Sissy's performance in the 1976 horror film Carrie is put at No.63 on Premiere magazine's "100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time".

    • Sissy is the cousin of actor Rip Torn.

    • Sissy won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1981 for her role as Loretta Lynn in The Coal Miners Daughter.

    • Sissy played the love interest of John-Boy Walton (Richard Thomas) on the long-running 1973 television sitcom The Waltons.

    • Sissy released a novelty song titled 'John, You've Gone Too Far This Time', about former Beatle John Lennon posing nude on the cover of his album "Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins".

    • Sissy is an avid supporter of women's rights.

    • Sissy enjoys four-wheeling around the mountains, fishing, and camping with her family in her free time.

    • Sissy starred in her husband's directorial debut in 1981's Raggedy Man, playing a divorced mother of two whose relationship with a sailor (Eric Roberts), leads to trouble.

    • Sissy and co-star Tom Wilkonson played grieving parents in In The Bedroom. They were both nominated for their performances for Academy Awards.

    • Sissy sings back-up and harmony for her daughter Schuyeler's band, they play in clubs in Los Angeles through New York.

    • Sissy released a Country album titled Hangin' Up My Heart on Atlantic Records in 1983.

    • Sissy appeared in the music video 'Voices That Care', singing in the choir.

    • Sissy was the first choice to play the daughter, Emma, in Terms Of Endearment. The role went to Debra Winger who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance

    • Sissy was nominated for both an Academy Award for her role in Coal Miner's Daughter as well as a Grammy Award for the title song in the category 'Best Country Vocal Performance'.

    • Sissy and her husband Jack Fisk live on a 200 acre horse ranch in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains with their children Schuyler and Madison Fisk.

    • Sissy played the role of the first lady of country music, Loretta Lynn, alongside Tommy Lee Jones, in her biopic Coal Miner's Daughter in 1980.

    • Sissy won the lead role as Carrie, the tormented teen with telekenetic powers in the 1976 movie, based on the Stephen King novel Carrie.

    • Sissy wore a dress that her mother forced her to wear to a 7th grade party when she auditioned for the lead role in Carrie.

    • Sissy was a nickname that her brothers called her while growing up, and it stuck.

    • Sissy tried her hand at modeling and singing while trying to break into acting, she started a career as a country singer called 'Rainbo' in 1969.

    • Sissy was a majorette and the homecoming queen at Quitman High School, in Quitman, Texas. She decided not to attend college though, after her brother Robbie passed away from Leukemia at the age of 18, during her senior year. Sissy decided that life was too short to keep on with her schooling, knowing that she wanted to perform.

    • Sissy was a tomboy as a child, she loved to climb trees, ride horses, play in the woods, and swim.

    • Sissy moved to New York and enrolled in the New York Actor's Studio, and studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. She appeared in West Village Showcase productions, earning ten dollars a night.

    • Sissy thought of changing her name, but was persuaded by her cousin, actor Rip Torn to keep it, he also inspired her to go into acting.

    • Sissy married art director Jask Fisk in 1974, they worked together on eight movies, including Badlands in 1973.

  • Quotes

    • Sissy: When I started out in independent films in the early 70s, we did everything for the love of art. It wasn't about money and stardom. That was what we were reacting against. You'd die before you'd be bought.

    • Sissy: There's a real danger in trying to stay king of the mountain. You stop taking risks, you stop being as creative, because you're trying to maintain a position. Apart from anything else that really takes the fun out of it.

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    Sissy Spacek is really a talented actress. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "Carrie."