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

By Sarah Norman | January 23, 2024

"You Like Me!" Gushed Sally Field While Accepting Here 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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At the 57th Academy Awards presentation, Sally Field’s name was announced as the winner of the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Place in the Heart. Even if you don't remember the film, Field's enthusiastic acceptance speech made for a truly memorable pop culture moment. After thanking a few people, Field references her first Academy Award, saying:

 The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it! And I can’t deny the fact that you like me … right now … you really like me!

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.