Most Iconic Sally Field Photos Of All Time? Take A Closer Look

By Sarah Norman | May 8, 2023

Even Sally Field Thought "The Flying Nun" Was Silly

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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What's so silly about a young, novice nun who uses her new-found ability to fly to solve all of her problems? Everything, according to Field. The actress initially wanted to turn down the role, but her stepfather warned her that if she turned it down more offers for better work were unlikely to come in. Field relented and between 1967 and 1970, she reluctantly played the lead role of Sister Bertrille.

 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.