Golden Moments of Aging
Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American actress. Known for her extensive work on screen and stage, she has received many accolades throughout her career spanning over five decades, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and two British Academy Film Awards.
Sally Field, 76, has refused to apologize for her grey hair and has remained committed to not having plastic surgery. As she fights ageism in Hollywood, this timeless actress has some harsh words for those who say she looks like an old granny –
I have yet to write about Sally Field and am glad she has stayed true to herself, aging gracefully.
Her lifelong body of work speaks for itself. Her first Academy award for Norma Rae showed she could be a firebrand when given the role. This one was turned down by Martha Mason, Jane Fonda, and Jill Clayburgh. She beat them all for the best actress Oscar that year. She put her heart and soul into the role.
“Lincoln” cinematographer Steven Spielberg said of her, “As an actor, she dared this town to typecast her, and then simply broke through every dogmatic barrier to find her own way — not to stardom, which I imagine she’d decry, but to great roles in great films and television.”
She is a woman who has “survived our ever-changing culture, stood the test of time, and earned this singular place in history through her consistently good taste and feisty persistence.”
Sally Field has won the hearts of audiences all across the world over her sixty-year career. She has found satisfaction in being a grandmother, has accepted the natural beauty of age, and has created a meaningful life for herself and her family.
Her experience inspires us all by serving as a gentle reminder to accept each stage of life with appreciation and grace.
When I hear her interviews, I am taken aback by her humility. She’s still surprised at her success and luck. It was her destiny. During her second Oscar win award speech for Places in the Heart, she made the now famous revelation “You like me. You really like me.”
While filming the scene in “Norma Rae” (1979) where she is dragged out to the police car, Sally Field struggled and kicked so hard that she broke the rib of one of the men playing a police officer.
“Norma Rae” is based on Crystal Lee Sutton’s life as a textile worker in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, where the battle for the workers’ union took place against a J.P. Stevens Textiles mill. Her actual protest in the mill is the scene in the film where she writes the sign “UNION” and stands on her worktable until all machines are silent. Although Sutton was fired from her job, the mill was unionized, and she later went to work as an organizer for the textile union. Director Martin Ritt once said of Sutton, “I’ve known a lot of women in my life, most of them much more educated and sophisticated, who would not have had the balls that she had.”
On Rotten Tomatoes it has a “Certified Fresh” approval rating of 91% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The website’s critical consensus reads: “Spearheaded by a galvanizing Sally Field, Norma Rae is a heartening and politically powerful drama about an ordinary woman taking an extraordinary stand.”
Whether in a starring role, as an ensemble cast or as a supporting role, her presence shows she does the work for the works sake, not the glory. She adds exactly what the part needs and often much more than expected. She also writes and directs and continues to do what she loves most, to act, from the small screen to the big stage. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Honors and has her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and she has written a memoir “In Pieces.”
Yes Sally, we like you, in fact we LOVE you!