Sally Field: We Like Her … We Really Like Her

By | November 19, 2022

Sally Field might be small, but she is mighty. She is 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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A true California girl, Sally Margaret Field was born in Pasadena on November 6, 1946. Her parents were Margaret Morlan Field and Richard Dryden Field, an Army veteran who served in World War II. Sally Field has one brother, Richard D. Field who is a doctor and a professor. Her parents divorced in 1950 when Sally was just six years old. Later, her mother remarried. According to her memoir that was published in 2018, Sally’s new stepfather, an actor and stuntman named Jock Mahoney, was sexually abusive to her throughout her childhood. 

Sweet and Sassy Sally Field

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Sally Field was a cheerleader at both Portola Middle School and Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California. Petite and sassy, we are willing to bet that she was a flyer on the team. Undoubtedly, she looks sweet and sassy in her cheer uniform. Did you know she went to school with Cindy Williams who later starred in Laverne & Shirley? Other classmates of Sally’s at Birmingham High School included future financier Michael Milken and future talent agent Michael Ovitz.