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Thursday, November 6, 2014

68 Groovy Things about Sally Field on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Sally Field's 68th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Sally Margaret Field was born in Pasadena, California, on November 6, 1946.

2. She made her uncredited film debut as a beatnik girl in the 1962 Disney film, Moon Pilot.

3. She played Frances Elizabeth "Gidget" Lawrence, the surfing, boy-crazy teenager in the 1965-66 ABC sitcom, Gidget, which launched her career.

4. She was a contestant on The Dating Game in 1966.

5. She appeared in four episodes of the 1966-67 NBC sitcom, Hey, Landlord.

6. She and Noel Harrison were the hosts of the Miss Teen International beauty pageant, which aired on ABC on March 25, 1967.

7. She appeared in her first major film role in the 1967 western, The Way West, starring Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum.

8. She starred as Sister Bertrille in the 1967-70 ABC sitcom, The Flying Nun, and her song, "Felicidad", on the show's soundtrack peaked at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 9, 1967.

9. She appeared on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In on March 4, 1968.

10. She starred as a teenage runaway in the ABC TV movie, Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring, which aired on February 16, 1971.

11. She and Tim Matheson played a newly married teenage couple in the Old West in the TV movie, Hitched, which was intended as the pilot for TV series. Filmed in 1971, it didn't air on NBC until March 31, 1973.

12. She starred in the unsold feature-length TV pilot, Marriage: Year One, which aired on NBC on October 15, 1971 (Agnes Moorehead played her grandmother).

13. She appeared with Telly Savalas, Anne Francis and Martin Sheen in the TV movie, Mongo's Back in Town, which aired on December 10, 1971.

14. She played Clementine Hale in two episodes of the 1971-73 ABC western, Alias Smith and Jones.

15. She starred in the 1972 ABC movie, Home for the Holidays, with Eleanor Parker, Julie Harris and Jessica Walter.

16. She appeared in "Whisper", an episode of the NBC series, Night Gallery, on May 13, 1973.

17. She played John Davidson's telepathic wife in the 1973-74 NBC sitcom, The Girl with Something Extra.

18. She appeared in the 1976 film, Stay Hungry, with Jeff Bridges and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

19. She appeared with Ben Murphy in the TV movie, Bridger, which aired on September 10, 1976.

20. She received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the NBC miniseries, Sybil, which aired on November 14-15, 1976.

21. She received her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the 1977 comedy, Smokey and the Bandit. She also starred in the 1980 sequel, Smokey and the Bandit II, with Burt Reynolds (whom she began dating while filming the first movie).

22. She starred in the 1977 drama, Heroes, with Henry Winkler and Harrison Ford.

23. She played Burt Reynolds' girlfriend in two 1978 films - The End and Hooper.

24. Sally Field was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on February 20, 1979.

25. She was the co-host on The Mike Douglas Show on March 27, 1979.

26. She received her first Academy Award and first Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance in the 1979 drama, Norma Rae.

27. She starred in the 1979 Irwin Allen disaster film, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, with Michael Caine and Shirley Jones.

28. Sally Field was a guest on Carol Burnett & Company on September 8, 1979.

29. She played a prostitute opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the 1981 romantic comedy, Back Roads.

30. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for the 1981 drama, Absence of Malice.

31. She starred with William Hurt and Polly Holliday in a live NBC production of the play, All the Way Home, on December 21, 1981.

32. She was a guest on Lily Tomlin's TV special, Lily for President?, on May 20, 1982.

33. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the 1982 romantic comedy, Kiss Me Goodbye.

34. She received her second Academy Award and second Golden Globe for Best Actress for the 1984 drama, Places in the Heart.

35. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the 1985 romantic comedy, Murphy's Romance.

36. She appeared on the cover of the March 1986 issue of Playboy magazine.

37. She starred in the 1987 comedy, Surrender, with Michael Caine and Steve Guttenberg.

38. She starred opposite Tom Hanks in the 1988 comedy, Punchline.

39. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for the 1989 film, Steel Magnolias.

40. She starred in the 1991 film, Not Without My Daughter.

41. She played soap star Celeste Talbert in the 1991 comedy, Soapdish.

42. She played Robin Williams' wife in the 1993 comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire.

43. She was the host of Saturday Night Live on December 11, 1993.

44. She played Tom Hanks' mother in the 1994 film, Forrest Gump.

45. She received an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the 1995 miniseries, A Woman of Independent Means.

46. She starred in the 1996 film, Eye for an Eye, with Kiefer Sutherland and Ed Harris.

47. She played herself in a 1996 episode of The Larry Sanders Show.

48. She provided the voice for Junie Harper, an Evangelical Christian bent on banning Halloween, in a 1997 episode of the animated Fox sitcom, King of the Hill.

49. She played the Narrator and Mrs. Bailey in Merry Christmas, George Bailey, a live PBS stage reading of the original radio production of It's A Wonderful Life that was broadcast on December 25, 1997.

50. She played "Secretary #91, Kathleen Dubek" in a 1998 episode of Murphy Brown.

51. She directed and appeared in an episode of the 1998 HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon.

52. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the 1999 Showtime movie, A Cooler Climate.

53. She played Natalie Portman's mother in the 2000 film, Where the Heart Is.

54. She made her feature film directorial debut with the 2000 movie, Beautiful, starring Minnie Driver.

55. She played Heather Graham's mother in the 2001 comedy, Say It Isn't So.

56. In 2001, she received her second Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Maura Tierney's bipolar mother on ER. She was nominated again for this role in 2003.

57. She starred in the short-lived 2002 ABC legal drama, The Court.

58. She appeared in the 2003 film, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, with Reese Witherspoon.

59. She starred in a 2005 CBS pilot for Conviction, a legal drama that the network did not pick up.

60. She starred in the 2006 film, Two Weeks.

61. In 2007, she received her third Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as matriarch Nora Walker on the 2006-11 ABC drama, Brothers & Sisters. She was also nominated for this role in 2008 and 2009.

62. She played Peter Parker's Aunt May in the 2012 film, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the 2014 sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

63. In 2012, she received the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award for her advocacy for gay rights issues. The award was presented by her youngest son, Sam Greisman, who is openly gay.

64. She received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mary Todd Lincoln in the 2012 Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln.

65. She appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 23, 2014.

66. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 5, 2014.

67. She and Julia Roberts competed in a Celebrity Curse Off on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 5, 2014.

68. She will star opposite Max Greenfield (as her younger love interest) in the 2015 comedy, Hello, My Name Is Doris.

1 comment:

joel65913 said...

Love her! She's been in so many films and shows that I've loved over the years, I was a devoted Brothers & Sisters watcher, and she seems like a truly fine person.

I remember that production of All the Way Home, it was part of a brief, all too brief, series of filmed plays. Tuesday Weld and Tommy Lee Jones did a production of The Rainmaker that was part of it too.

I was pulling for her to win the Oscar for Lincoln, I thought she was fantastic and her performance had it all over Anne Hathaway's. Hopefully she'll have another chance at the award.