60 Photos of Sally Field Like You've Never Seen Her Before

By Sarah Norman | January 16, 2024

"Places in the Heart" Earned Sally Field Her Second Oscar

Sally Field might be small, but she is mighty. Equal parts cute – as demonstrated from her performances in Gidget and The Flying Nun – and feisty like her Norma Rae character and strong like the characters she played in Steel Magnolias and Places in the Heart. Let's take a look through the life and career of this effervescent icon of the American cinema to see why we like her… we really like her.

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Field was cast as a widowed Depression-era mother who has to fight to keep her farm, battle against racism, and raise her children with the help of an African-American farmhand in the 1984 film, Places in the Heart. Like Norma Rae, Field's role in Places in the Heart was not a glamorous one, but she demonstrated the strength, determination, and moral standard of her character. The movie was both a critical and commercial success, grossing nearly $35 million and collecting seven Oscar nominations. It won in two categories – Best Picture and Best Actress for our most charming leading lady.

In the Mid-1970s, Sally Field Was Changing Her Public Image and Her Personal Life

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Field was only 19-years-old when she started dating Steven Craig, a former high school classmate. The couple married in 1968 and Field quickly became pregnant with her first child. She was filming The Flying Nun at this time which would make for an interesting plot twist if the writers tried to write Field's pregnancy into the storyline, unfortunately there was no immaculate conception Field's convent.

Her big, billowy nun habit kept a lot of things secret, unfortunately the series was cancelled before she got too far along in her pregnancy with her son, Peter Craig. Whether it was osmosis or the family business, Craig became a writer. His novels include The Martini Shot and Blood Father, and he adapted the screenplays for The Hunger Games.