Sally Field Biography
Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award-winner for her performances in Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart (also capturing a Golden Globe) and Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae. For her title role in the latter, Field earned a mantle-full of acting honors, including the New York Film Critics prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor, Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Field got her start on television, as the boy-struck, barefooted surfer girl in the mid-1960s surf culture sitcom series Gidget. She then went on to star in her best known television role, as Sister Bertrille in The Flying Nun. In an interview on the Flying Nun DVD, she said that she would have preferred to continue playing Gidget. Field also appeared in The Girl with Something Extra. While starring on The Flying Nun, Sally tried her hand at singing, releasing an album on Colgems Records in 1967 and cracking the Billboard Hot 100 with one single, “Felicidad”, in 1967.
She had several guest appearances, including a recurring role on the western comedy Alias Smith and Jones starring Pete Duel (with whom she had worked on Gidget) and Ben Murphy, and the Rod Serling’s Night Gallery episode “The Whisper.”