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Sally Field

Actor and Activist

Board of Directors


Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning actress, whose career has spanned almost six decades. Beginning in 1965 with television’s Gidget and then The Flying Nun she went on to have extensive film credits including performances in Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart, for which she received both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae, receiving not only the Academy Award but also a Golden Globe, 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 and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. For her performance as Mary Todd in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, she was given the New York Film Critics prize for best supporting actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA and an Academy Award. Ms. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in Smokey and the Bandit, Absence of Malice, Kiss Me Goodbye, Steel Magnolias and received both SAG and BAFTA nomination for her work in Forrest Gump. Her other films include An Eye for An Eye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Soapdish, Not Without My Daughter, The End, Hooper, Stay Hungry (her first major film role), and Hello, My Name is Doris in 2016. She starred in both Punchline and Murphy’s Romance, which were produced by her production company, Fogwood Films.

She received Emmy Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries Sybil, and for her performance as a bi-polar mother on ER. For her role as “Nora Walker” on the ABC series Brothers & Sisters, which ran from 2006 to 2011, she received an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and two Golden Globe nominations.

Sally made her Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? And starred as “Amanda Wingfield” in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at the Kennedy Center, a role which she later reprised in the 2017 revival on Broadway and in early in 2019 she starred in the London production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at The Old Vic.

Her memoir, In Pieces, was published in 2018 and became an instant New York Times bestseller.

In 2012, Field was inducted into the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, in 2015, President Obama honored her with the National Medal of the Arts and she received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in 2019. She has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices since 2002.