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Sally Field

Field in 1981
Born Sally Margaret Field
(1946-11-06) November 6, 1946 (age 70)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1961–present
Spouse(s)

Steve Craig (m. 1968–75)
Alan Greisman (m. 1984–93)

Children 3
Parent(s)

Margaret Field
Jock Mahoney (stepfather)

My agent said, 'You aren't good enough for movies.' I said, 'You're fired.'
Sally Field
I think the first thing I did was several scenes from Romeo and Juliet.
I really like cable T.V.
The roles… the deep roles that I've gotten to play have turned my course. They've changed my life experience.
Sally Field
I've had such an odd career.
I haven't had an orthodox career.
I wanted to be Katharine Hepburn-ish – there was a bit of nobility about her.
Sally Field
The opportunities I've had to play really complex characters – which haven't been a lot, but some – you never get over them.
Sally Field
I so believe that older women have tremendous value to their families, their community, their country, the world.
Sally Field
Had there not been a Mary Todd, there would not have been an Abraham Lincoln. She found him when he was a young lawyer and really a bumpkin. No one knew of him, but she recognized his brilliance.
Sally Field
I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!
Sally Field
When I was born, the doctor looked at my mother and said, 'Congratulations, you have an actor!'
Sally Field
'Forrest Gump' is filled full of moments where your heart just cheers.
Sally Field
Never, ever, have I felt really accepted in Hollywood.
I've never had my heart broken. It's a very sad state of affairs. I think everybody should have their heart broken. I don't think it says anything good about me at all.
Sally Field
When you're old, you are more certain of who you are, and that may be a good thing or a bad thing.
Sally Field
I would take plays and I would cut out all the other dialogue and make long monologues because I felt the other kids weren't taking it as seriously as I did.
Sally Field
Change is never easy.
I've done some good work and some not-good work.
I think that's very sad, that I haven't allowed my heart to be broken. I have broken a few.
Sally Field
It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
Sally Field
My last son is leaving to go to college; my grandchildren are being born. My mother is living with me.
Sally Field
There are parts of me that I feel are beautiful, but they don't have anything to do with my nose.
Sally Field
You just do the best you can with what you've got… and sometimes magic strikes.
Sally Field
The only thing that matters to me is getting to the work – getting to do the work. And I don't really care where it is: whether it's on stage or on television or in film.
Sally Field
I did comedies for 10 years and I learned a great deal.
I mean, the only thing that matters to me is getting to the work – getting to do the work. And I don't really care where it is: whether it's on stage or on television or in film.
Sally Field
There are not a lot of places for an actor to explore what it's like to be a woman in her 60s. There aren't any films about it and there very few TV series about it.
Sally Field
People really don't understand what actors do.
I'm looking for a bunch of new tchotchkes that represent the new part of my life.
Sally Field
I'd been kind of a hiccup in my parents' lives. They lost track of me and I didn't know what I was going to do with myself. And then fate reached in and took me in its hands. I was discovered right out of high school and started getting work.
Sally Field
But I was losing so much bone density that I would have been in grave danger. And I mean grave danger. If I had let it go just a few more years I could have broken my hip or spine just picking up my granddaughter.
Sally Field
Last year I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was over 50, Caucasian, thin, small-framed, and I have it in my genetic history. It was almost a slam-dunk.
Sally Field
You lose your habitual behavior, which allowed you to sort of zone out. You have to be here, you have to be now, you have to be present.
Sally Field
I never really address myself to any image anybody has of me. That's like fighting with ghosts.
Sally Field
I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles. I have no larger issue that I really want to show people. I'm an actor, that's all. I just do what I do.
Sally Field
The Oscars are really nice, but the best part is that I had the opportunity to do that kind of work.
Sally Field
I had to let my ego go a long time ago.
If I hadn't fought back, I might have been Gidget forever.
I'm so vigorous, and I so take it for granted, because I've always been a real physical person.
Sally Field
I came from a real working-class show business family.
I wouldn't mind having my heart broken because it would mean that I had that much feeling connected to somebody. And that would be really great.
Sally Field
I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
Sally Field
I don't want to look old and worn, but what can you do? My real focus is being an actor. I care more about having the opportunity to play roles that I haven't played than I care if my neck looks like someone's bedroom curtains.
Sally Field
You know, people really don't understand what actors do.
I was just lucky enough to grow up in a time when they actually had drama departments in schools.
Sally Field
There was really a snobbery from people in film – they did not want people who had come from television. It was the poor relation of show business, and especially situation comedy.
Sally Field
I can't deny the fact that you like me! You like me!
I joined the Actors Studio and began to work with Lee Strasberg, and that changed my work.
Sally Field
I always wanted to be a great actor.
I have never been beautiful in cliche terms.
But there isn't any second half of myself waiting to plug in and make me whole. It's there. I'm already whole.
Sally Field
I grew up in a show-business family, but we were working-class show business. There was nothing glamorous about it. You had great things one day and the next day, nothing.
Sally Field
In the 1970s and 1980s, I got to do some great work. The Oscars are really nice, but the best part is that I had the opportunity to do that kind of work.
Sally Field
You can't help but feel all the human-rights issues.