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

By Sarah Norman | September 26, 2023

Sally Field and Paul Lynde Behind The Scenes on 'Hollywood Squares', 1974

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 was already a household name in 1974, thanks to her roles in popular TV shows like Gidget and The Flying Nun. But little did we know that she was about to take her celebrity status to new heights when she appeared on the classic game show Hollywood Squares. Yes, you read that right - Sally Field, the two-time Oscar winner, was playing tic-tac-toe with the one and only Paul Lynde! It's a little startling to think that the same woman who later brought us unforgettable performances in Norma Rae and Places in the Heart was trading quips with the king of camp on a silly gameshow. But that's the beauty of the 1970s, when anything was possible and everyone was just a little bit cooler. Who knows - maybe Sally was getting some secret acting tips from Paul! Either way, it's a fun and quirky moment in the long and illustrious career of one of our favorite stars.

Sally Field's Romance with Burt Reynolds Was Toxic at Times

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To the tabloid media, Field and Reynolds seemed like a Hollywood power couple, but in Field's memoir, In Pieces, she provided an inside look at their relationship. Sally, who had been abused as a child and recently divorced, was simultaneously terrified and empowered to have the biggest sex symbol of the 1970s interested in her. But she writes that Reynolds was insecure and jealous. Filled with toxic masculinity, Reynolds belittled Sally’s acting skills, turned controlling, and expected her to take care of him.