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Sally Field



Biography

With a career that has spanned more than five decades, Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award® and three-time Emmy Award®–winning actress, who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both large and small screens. Highlights from her extensive film credits include Hello, My Name is Doris; Lincoln; Forrest Gump; Steel Magnolias; Murphy’s Romance; Places in the Heart; Absence of Malice; Norma Rae; Mrs. Doubtfire; Soapdish; Not Without My Daughter; and Punchline. Her TV roles include Sybil, Brothers & Sisters, and ER,and most recently the Netflix series Maniac.

Born in Pasadena, California, and raised in a show business family, Field began her career in 1964 in the television series Gidget. She went on to star in The Flying Nun in 1967 and eventually starred in three television series by the age of 25.

In 2002, Field made her Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, and in 2004, appeared as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie at the Kennedy Center. In 2017, she revisited that role on Broadway and received a Tony® nomination. In March, Field made her West End debut to critical acclaim in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons opposite Bill Pullman at the Old Vic.

In 2012, Field was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2015, was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts. Her memoir, In Pieces, was published last September and became an instant New York Times best-seller.

Sally Field