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

By Sarah Norman | December 5, 2023

Sally Field circa 1977 in New York City

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 1977, Sally Field starred in the heartwarming film Heroes alongside legends Henry Winkler and Harrison Ford. She played Carol, a woman who was initially unsure of Winkler's mission to track down the men from his former unit during the Vietnam War. However, she eventually warmed up to the idea and joined him on a wild cross-country adventure. This film was a true showcase of Sally's acting range, as she expertly navigated the emotional ups and downs of Carol's journey. From questioning Winkler's motivations to cheering him on as he reconnected with his former comrades, Sally brought depth and nuance to her role.

Even Sally Field Thought "The Flying Nun" Was Silly

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When Field and Joanne Woodward played a patient and psychiatrist in the made-for-television movie, Sybil, it was the first time that many people in the general public had ever heard about multiple personality disorder, but it wasn’t the first time that this rare psychological disorder was the subject of a movie. Joanne Woodward herself played a woman with multiple personalities in The Three Faces of Eve for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress.