60 Unedited Photos Of Sally Field

By Sarah Norman | May 3, 2023

Sally Field Played a lady of the evening in "Back Roads"

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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Field truly cast off her former ‘girl next door’ image in the 1981 film Back Roads. In this movie, which also starred Tommy Lee Jones, Sally played a bristly, foul-mouthed prostitute turning tricks in Alabama. The movie was only a moderate success and the movie’s director, Martin Riff, blamed this on the ongoing conflict between Sally and Tommy Lee Jones. The two stars reportedly hated each other, and while this can sometimes lead to a certain frisson that viewers feel onscreen that wasn't really the case in Back Roads. To say that these two had a difficult time working together is an understatement, but it did bring a sense of realism to the duo's scenes.

 A Young Sally Field... A Typical Cali Girl

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The very petite Field could easily play a younger girl so she was a shoe-in to play a believable boy-crazy, surf-obsessed high school teen in Gidget from 1965 to 1966. Unfortunately, the show wasn’t a big success. The studio cancelled it after the first season. But perhaps their timing was just off. The studio broadcast reruns of the cancelled Gidget over the summer, and the show finally brought it decent ratings. It was a delayed success but the show had already been cancelled so the studio opted not to resurrect it.