Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Name: Sally Field
Birthdate: November 6, 1946
Famous Years: 1965-Present
Currently Known For: Maniac
|Networth: $55 Million||Famous For: The Flying Nun, Sybil, Norma Rae|
November 6, 1946
The Flying Nun, Sybil, Norma Rae
Finding sustained success in Hollywood certainly isn’t easy, especially over the course of six different decades. One actress that’s been able to find that type of success is Sally Field, who got her start back in the 1960s and is still maintaining her A-list status to this day. The two-time Oscar winning actress has been a star in both television and on the big screen, racking up the accolades along the way.
Field was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, California to a family where her father was a member of the United States Army, though her parents would split up when she was four years old. After that, her mother went on to marry actor Jock Mahoney, who was most known for playing Tarzan on the big screen and starred in western TV shows. Field would end up in Van Nuys, California during her teenage years, and stuck around the L.A. area after graduating from high school.
It didn’t take long for Field to find her stride in an acting family, getting her first role in her late teenage years on the short-lived series “Gidget”. Field had shown a lot of potential during that brief role, and was given a spot in the late 1960s series “The Flying Nun” for more than 80 episodes. Once the 1970s started, Field would mainly appear in TV movies on the small screen, and also starred in the series “The Girl with Something Extra”. It was her role on the 1976 miniseries “Sybil” that would really put her on the map, and shortly after she would become a film star.
The rest of the 1970s, she’d star in movies such as “Stay Hungry”, “Hooper” and “Smokey and the Bandit” that kicked off a relationship with the late Burt Reynolds. Field would already be a Golden Globe nominee for her role in “Smokey and the Bandit”, and would kick of the 1980s by receiving her first Oscar nomination. In 1980, Field was nominated for Best Actress for “Norma Rae”, beating out the likes of Jane Fonda and Bette Midler on her way to her first win. Five years later, Field would find herself back on the stage to accept another Oscar for Best Actress, this time winning for “Places in the Heart”. Since then, she’s been nominated for one more Oscar, coming in 2013’s “Lincoln”.
After nearly 30 years between Oscar nominations, it was believed by many to be a big moment for Field. “The gift - if awards are a gift, or a prize - for me, the gift has been having the opportunity to do this kind of work,” she said of her award nominated roles. “That’s what you want. If I had my choice - if someone said, ‘Okay, Sally, you get to have the award or you get to do work of this kind of caliber with these people with this kind of text with this kind of crew and the excellence that surrounds it. These are your choices - what do you want?’ I don’t think there is an actor that would choose the award. I think the actor would always say, ‘I’ll take the work, thanks.’”
Here television career has also landed her multiple Emmy Award wins and nominations, with her first in either category coming in “Sybil”. Since then, she’s won Emmy Awards for roles on the shows “ER” and “Brothers & Sisters”, as well as receiving nominations for multiple miniseries. Needless to say, Field has a lot of trophies that are taking up room in her house, even outside of those two major award shows.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Field would be part of some notable movies such as “Steel Magnolias”, “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Forrest Gump, all of which would become financial hits. She would distance herself from TV during this time, not getting back onto the small screen until her roles in her Emmy nominated performances. She has found herself on the rather new medium Netflix, though, and stars in the series “Maniac” that debuted in 2018. Her recent movie roles have come in the horror comedy “Little Evil” and as Aunt May in both “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies.
Now 71 years old, Field is still going strong with her roles and has become more open about her past. She released a memoir in late 2018 that detailed how things didn’t come easy for her while growing up and even at the height of her career, speaking out on a wide range of topics that include women’s rights. She also has two children that work in the entertainment industry with sons Peter and Eli that she had during her first marriage to Steve Craig when her career had started.
There are no plans for retirement anytime soon for Field, either. Looking back on her career, she’s reminded of just how far she’s come. “That’s the good new about getting older,” she said. “I can see that I’ve traveled a long way. But I’m always torn with feeling that it isn’t enough. I’ve had such an odd career. I always wanted to be a great actor...Instead I’ve always felt like the mutt standing on the sidelines, panting and saying, ‘Me too! How about me?’ That’s just part of my personality.”