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

By Sarah Norman | February 6, 2024

Sally Field, Ready to Revamp Her Image and Take More Dramatic Roles

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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In 1993, Field scored one of the biggest hits of her career alongside the great Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. In the film, Field played Williams’ ex-wife and mother of his children. Desperate to spend time with his own children following his divorce, Williams' character dresses in drag and is hired as the children’s nanny by Field’s unsuspecting character. 

The entire affair sounds super creepy, but through pure charisma alone the film is one of the most charming and memorable movies of the decade. Mrs. Doubtfire was the second highest-grossing movie of 1993. While speaking with News Corp, Field discussed working with Williams while he was at the height of his career in the '90s;

He had endless energy. And he’d want to do take after take after take because every take he would want to do something different... What drove him absolutely crazy is that he could never make me laugh. He would never break me up.

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.