More Sissy Spacek Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Tuck Everlasting)Sissy Spacek (Mae Tuck) won an Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance in the 1980 feature film, Coal Miner's Daughter for which she did her own singing, and a Grammy nomination as Best Country Vocal Performance, Female for her rendition of the title song.
Spacek's original career plans were to become a singer. Following her high school graduation, the Texas native moved to New York and began singing in coffeehouses and working as a background vocalist for commercials. Using the name Rainbo, she recorded "Johnny, You Went Too Far This Time.
When she decided to turn to acting, she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatrical Institute before taking on her first movie, Prime Cuts. She followed with Badlands, for which Spacek was nominated by BAFTA as Best Newcomer. It was also on Badlands that she met her future husband, the film's art director, Jack Fisk, whom she married in 1974. Since then, they have worked together several times; Sissy as an actress, Jack as art director or director.
For her portrayal of a telekinetic teenager in the 1976 film, Carrie, Spacek not only achieved audience recognition but also received her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
She followed with several small films and television movies until she was cast in the starring role of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter. In addition to Spacek's receiving an Oscar, this performance also garnered a Golden Globe as Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy, and Awards as Best Actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle.
Raggedy Man, directed by Jack Fisk, was Sissy's next film and she received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Motion Picture Actress-Drama.
Spacek has since garnered four more Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, for her roles in Missing, The River, Crimes of the Heart (for which she also received a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a Golden Globe), and, most recently, In the Bedroom (for which she also received the Golden Globe and honors from the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics).
Recent motion picture credits include Blast from the Past and The Straight Story. Recent television movies include Songs In Ordinary Time and Midwives.
Bio courtesy Disney for "Tuck Everlasting" (19-Feb-2003)