Sally Field is a renowned actress who has earned Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Awards for her outstanding performances in various films including “Forrest Gump,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Lincoln,” and “Steel Magnolias.” Field, now 76 years old, started her career with the lead role in “Gidget” in 1965, and has since appeared in numerous TV shows, movies, and Broadway productions.
Field has also been candid about her personal struggles, sharing in her 2018 memoir “In Pieces” about her stepfather’s sexual abuse towards her and her battles with depression, self-doubt, and loneliness.
Born on November 6, 1946, in Pasadena, California, Sally Field’s mother was actress Margaret Field (nee Morlan), and her father was a salesman named Richard Dryden Field. Following her parents’ divorce, her mother married actor and stuntman Jock Mahoney. Field has a living brother, Richard Field, and a half-sister, Princess O’Mahoney.
Field was married to Steven Craig in 1968, and they had two sons, Peter and Eli, before divorcing in 1975. She then married Alan Greisman in 1984 and had one son together, Samuel, before divorcing in 1994. Field also dated Burt Reynolds from 1976 to 1980, which was a difficult relationship that she discusses in her memoir. Reynolds passed away just before the release of her book, and in his memoir, he called their failed relationship “the biggest regret of my life.”
Despite the challenges she faced, Field remains an active and successful actress, keeping her Oscars and Emmys in a TV room where she enjoys playing video games with her grandkids. Her film “Spoiler Alert” is set to release next week, and “80 for Brady” will come out in 2023.
“Sally Field dared this town to typecast her, and then simply broke through every dogmatic barrier to find her own way – not to stardom, which I imagine she’d decry, but to great roles in great films and television,” said Steven Spielberg, her friend and director of “Lincoln.” “Through her consistently good taste and feisty persistence, she has survived our ever-changing culture, stood the test of time and earned this singular place in history.”