Nov. 6th, 1946
Pasadena, California, USA
5' 2 1/2"
Sally Field's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2012 - The Amazing Spider-Man
2003 - Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
2001 - Say It Isn't So
2000 - Where The Heart Is
1996 - Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
1996 - Eye For An Eye
1994 - Forrest Gump
1993 - Mrs. Doubtfire
1991 - Soapdish
1991 - Not Without My Daughter
1989 - Steel Magnolias
1988 - Punchline
1985 - Murphy's Romance
1981 - Absence of Malice
1980 - Smokey and the Bandit II
1979 - Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
1978 - The End
1978 - Hooper
1977 - Smokey and the Bandit
1976 - Stay Hungry
1967 - The Way West
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Guest
Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California to actress Margaret Field and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother remarried stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, 'Princess OMahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field. Sally attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California.
Her acting career began in 1965, when she landed the role of Frances Elizabeth 'Gidget' Lawrence in "Gidget" (1965), it was canceled after only one season because of bad ratings. She went on to star in "The Flying Nun" (1967), which ran for three seasons. She also appeared in her first film in 1967, The Way West (1967) opposite Kirk Douglas (I). In the next few years she appeared in numerous TV-movies and TV-shows such as Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (1971) (TV), Marriage: Year One (1971) (TV), "The Girl with Something Extra" (1973), and Sybil (1976) (TV). In 1977 she starred alongside Burt Reynolds (I) in the box office hit Smokey and the Bandit (1977), which led to a less successful sequel in 1980. In 1979 she starred in the popular film Norma Rae (1979) and she received her first Oscar for that role.
In the years that followed she starred in films such as Absence of Malice (1981), Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), Places in the Heart (1984) (she received her second Oscar for her role), Murphy's Romance (1985), Punchline (1988) and Steel Magnolias (1989). In 1993 she starred alongside Robin Williams (I) and Pierce Brosnan in the popular comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). A year after, she played the role of Tom Hanks character's mother (even though she's only ten years older than him in real life) in the successful film Forrest Gump (1994). The film was a huge commercial success and won six academy awards.
Since then she has appeared in Tv-movies and Mini-series such as "A Woman of Independent Means" (1995), Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997) (TV), "From the Earth to the Moon" (1998) and David Copperfield (2000) (TV). In 2000 she appeared in the film Where the Heart Is (2000) with Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd and in 2003 she starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003). She also appeared in 12 episodes of "ER" (1994) from 2000-2006. In recent years she has played the role of matriarch Nora Walker in the hit television show "Brothers & Sisters" (2006), which earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007.
Sally has been married twice. First to Steven Craig from 1968 to 1975. They had two sons together, Peter Craig (I) and Eli Craig. Second marriage was to film producer Alan Greisman from 1984 to 1993. They had one son together, Samuel Greisman (born December 2, 1987).
- Turned down the lead role of Alice in _Friday the 13th (1980)_ (qv).
- Auditioned for the role of Elaine Robinson in _The Graduate (1967)_ (qv).
- Made two different appearances as a contestant on _"The Dating Game" (1965)_ (qv).
- Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s TV hit _"The Fall Guy" (1981)_ (qv).
- As of 2008, she is only one of six actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are 'Luise Rainer' (qv) for _The Great Ziegfeld (1936)_ (qv) and _The Good Earth (1937)_ (qv); 'Vivien Leigh' (qv) for _Gone with the Wind (1939)_ (qv) and _A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)_ (qv); 'Helen Hayes (I)' (qv) for _The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)_ (qv) and _Airport (1970)_ (qv); 'Kevin Spacey' (qv) for _The Usual Suspects (1995)_ (qv) and _American Beauty (1999)_ (qv); and 'Hilary Swank' (qv) for _Boys Don't Cry (1999)_ (qv) and _Million Dollar Baby (2004)_ (qv).
- Mother-in-law of actress 'Sasha Craig' (qv).
- Her performance as Norma Rae Webster in _Norma Rae (1979)_ (qv) is ranked #73 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Was asked to play the lead in _Moonstruck (1987)_ (qv).