More Sally Field Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award-winner for her performances in Robert Benton's Places in the Heart (also capturing a Golden Globe) and Martin Ritt's Norma Rae. For her title role in the latter, Field earned a mantle-full of acting honors, including the New York Film Critics prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor, Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
She recently received the 2001 American Society of Cinematographers' Board of Governors Award. The annual award honors non-cinematographers who have "made significant and enduring contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking."
A favorite with the Foreign Press group, Field also collected Golden Globe nominations for her work in Smokey and the Bandit, Murphy's Romance, Steel Magnolias, Absence of Malice, Kiss Me Goodbye and Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump, co-starring as Tom Hanks' mother. She also worked with Hanks in the drama, Punchline, and counts among her other film credits John Schlesinger's An Eye for An Eye, Chris Columbus' Mrs. Doubtfire and Soapdish, Not Without My Daughter, Surrender, Back Roads, The End, Heroes, Hooper and Bob Rafelson's Stay Hungry, her first major film role in which she co-starred opposite Jeff Bridges and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In addition to her stellar acting career, Field has directed three projects. She debuted behind the camera on the 1996 telefilm, The Christmas Tree, also serving as executive producer and co-writer on the project adapted from Julie Salamon's novel. She reunited with actor Hanks on his epic Emmy-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moons, helming the episode entitled The Original Wives Club. And, most recently, she directed Oscar nominee Minnie Driver in the comedy-drama, Beautiful, the story of a small-town beauty pageant contestant who rises to become Miss America. She also had a special guest-starring role on the hit series E.R, for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Field began her career on television. The Pasadena, California native (the daughter of actress Margaret Field and step-daughter of actor Jock Mahoney) was enrolled in acting classes at Columbia Pictures when she was selected from 150 finalists to star in the ABC series, Gidget. She also went on to star as The Flying Nun and The Girl with Something Extra.
She won an Emmy for her mesmerizing role of a woman with multiple personalities in the landmark miniseries, Sybil, and earned two more Emmy nominations (one for her performance, the other as co-producer) for the NBC miniseries, A Woman of Independent Means, which marked her return to the small screen after a twenty year absence. She was also nominated for another Golden Globe for her performance. Field also starred in the TNT adaptation of Charles Dickens' Aunt Betsey and Showtime's A Cooler Climate, for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also was nominated for a SAG Award for her performance as Betsey Trotwood in the TNT production of David Copperfield.