What else can we say about Sally Field except we like her! We really like her! This Oscar-winning actress was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, California. Sally was a high-school cheerleader, which was the perfect foundation for her first big role, as the boy-crazy surfer girl Gidget on the TV show of the same name, which debuted in September of 1965. The show only lasted for one season, but ABC liked Sally so much that they created the series The Flying Nun specifically for her in 1967. On the series, she played a novice nun, 'Sister Bertrill,' who - thanks to her slight figure and aerodynamic nun's habit - could fly. The show aired for three seasons, but when it was over, Sally feared she's be typecast. She studied with legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg and was able to prove her acting chops in the 1976 TV movie Sybil. Her portrayal of a young woman afflicted with multiple personality syndrome earned her an Emmy Award in 1977. That same year, she co-starred with Burt Reynolds in the hit comedy Smokey and the Bandit. Sally stuck up a romance with her handsome co-star and the pair went on to make Hooper in 1978 and Smokey and the Bandit II in 1980. In 1979, Sally won her second Oscar playing a small town mill worker-turned-union organizer in the drama Norma Rae. With 1984's Places in the Heart, Sally won a Golden Globe as well as her third Oscar - and the memorable acceptance speech. She has gone on to work with Tom Hanks in Punchline, Robert Downey Jr. in Soapdish and played Julia Roberts' mother in Steel Magnolias. She also had roles in two of the most successful films of the early 90s, Mrs. Doubtfire with Robin Williams and Forrest Gump, where she reunited with Tom Hanks - playing his mother, even though she is only ten years older than he is. Sally returned to television in 2000, with a recurring role as Maura Tierney's bipolar mother on ER - a role which won her an Emmy in 2001. In 2006, she stepped in for Betty Buckley as the matriarch of the Walker clan on ABC's drama Brothers and Sisters and added another Emmy to her collection. From a nun to a mum, Sally Field's career could be attributed to a bit of divine inspiration, but it's also the result of a lot of hard work and talent.
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