Sally Field is featured in Episode 8: The British Empire, which airs Tuesday, November 11th at 8PM EST (check local listings).
Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award winner who most recently reprised her role as Aunt May in the 2014 blockbuster, The Amazing Spiderman 2. Previously, Ms. Field starred in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed Lincoln as Mary Todd, for which she won the New York Film Critics award for best supporting actress and was also nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice, BAFTA and Academy Award. Field previously won Academy Awards for her performances in Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart, for which she also received a Golden Globe, and Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae, for which she received a Golden Globe, along with 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 and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ms. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in Smokey and the Bandit, Absence of Malice, Kiss Me Goodbye, Steel Magnolias and Forrest Gump. Her many film credits include An Eye for An Eye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Soapdish, Not Without My Daughter, The End, Hooper, Stay Hungry (her first major film role), as well as Punchline and Murphy’s Romance, both of which were produced by her production company, Fogwood Films.
Born in Pasadena, California and raised in a show business family, Ms. Field began her career in 1964 in the television series Gidget. She went on to star in the The Flying Nun in 1967. She starred in three television series by the age of twenty-five. She received Emmy Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries Sybil and for her performance on ER. She also received Emmy nominations for her role in Showtime’s A Cooler Climate and the NBC miniseries A Woman of Independent Means which she co-produced and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Ms. Field co-starred in the ABC series drama Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2011 and for her role as “Nora Walker,” Ms. Field received a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Emmy Award as well as two Golden Globe nominations.
Ms. Field made her directorial debut in 1996 with the ABC telefilm The Christmas Tree which she co-wrote and which starred Julie Harris. She directed an episode of the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon” and in 2000 made her feature film directorial debut with Beautiful starring Minnie Driver.
In 2002, Ms. Field made her Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s The Goat and in 2004, received rave reviews for her role as “Amanda” in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at The Kennedy Center.
Ms. Field has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices since 2002. She has served as Mistress of Ceremony at Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards gala held at The Kennedy Center from 2002 through 20011. She also served on the Board of Directors of The Sundance Institute from 1994 to 2010.
Sally has three sons and four grandchildren.