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

By Sarah Norman | June 12, 2023

Sally Field gets carried away as she walks offstage with actor Richard Dreyfuss after she recieved her Oscar at the 52nd Annual Academy Awards

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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Sally Field's win for Best Actress at the 1979 Academy Awards was a triumphant moment in her career, and one that will go down in history as one of the greatest acceptance speeches of all time. When her name was called, Sally was elated, and she took to the stage with a speech that brought the house down. She managed to thank everyone who had helped her along the way, from her co-stars and producers, to her kids who kept her grounded. But the best part of her speech was when she reminded the audience that before the film Norma Rae went into production, she was told that it couldn't be done. And there she was, standing on that stage, with an Academy Award in her hand, proving everyone wrong. It was a triumphant moment for Sally and a testament to her talent and perseverance. Her speech was a reminder to us all that anything is possible with hard work and determination. Go Sally!

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

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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.