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

By Sarah Norman | June 5, 2023

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

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 this photo from the early 1970s, Field looks like a typical teenager but in reality she was married with a child. She was desperately trying to shed her wholesome teen image so she could land more mature roles. While she was trying to revamp her image, her marriage was falling apart.

In 1976, she divorced her childhood sweetheart and went at it alone in the wilderness of Hollywood.

Sally Field Was a Young Bride and Mother

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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.