Sally Field was born on November 6, 1946, in Pasadena, Calfornia, and had her big breakthrough as "Sister Betrille" in The Flying Nun, a role for which she is still famous nowadays. After appearing in numerous comedies she starred alongside the late Burt Reynolds (†81) in Smokey and the Bandit. She played "Carrie", who, fleeing from her own wedding, is "Bandit's" accomplice.
The pair were also a couple off-set and co-starred in various films together. Before her romance with Reynolds, Field was married to Steven Craig with whom she has two sons, Peter and Eli Craig.
Sally Field made a name for herself as an actress
After starring alongside Burt Reynolds in a number of slapstick films, she took on more serious roles. She won an Oscar for her performance in Norma Rae in 1979, but it was only when she won her second Oscar for Best Actress in 1985 for Places in the Heart that she felt she really belonged in Hollywood. She found fame from 2006 until 2011 starring in the television series Brothers & Sisters as "Nora Walker", in a total of 109 episodes.
Cult classics such as Mrs. Doubtfire (with the late Robin Williams) and Forrest Gump followed, in which she, in spite of the small age gap, played Tom Hanks' mother. She was nominated for an Oscar again twice, once for her performance in Steel Magnolias and once for Lincoln. Her most recent work on the big screen includes nine episodes of the TV mini-series Maniac in 2018 and a starring role in the film All My Sons which hit theatres in May 2019.
Sally Field: a politically-active actress
Sally Field is still active as an actress and a director and was awarded an Emmy in 2007. The award ceremony was broadcast on FOX, but her acceptance speech was censored by the TV channel as she spoke out against the Iraq war.
After splitting up with Burt Reynolds, she re-married Alan Greisman. The couple got divorced in 1994 and have one son, Sam, who is openly gay. Field is an avid campaigner for gay rights. Recently, the actress has released a book called In Pieces. The memoir and autobiography written by Sally Field was published in September 2018 and is a big success.
She also has a foundation that supports the early diagnosis of osteoporosis, an illness which the actress herself suffers from. You can watch Sally Field in the television series Dispatches from Elsewhere in 2020 and in the upcoming TV mini-series Untitled Lakers Project in 2022.