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by The Oregon Herald Staff
 Published on Thursday May 27, 2021 - 10:33 AM
Awards: Academy Award, 3 Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy Film Awards, 3 Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award

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Sissy Spacek
Mary Elizabeth 'Siss'y Spacek is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for four British Academy Film Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award. Spacek was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

Born and raised in Texas, Spacek initially aspired to a career as a recording artist. At age 18, she recorded a single, 'John, You Went Too Far This Time', under the name Rainbo in 1968. After sales of her music sputtered, she was dropped from her record label which led her to switch her focus to acting, enrolling at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Spacek began her professional acting career in the early 1970s, making her debut as an extra in Andy Warhol's Women in Revolt .

Following her breakout role in Terrence Malick's influential crime film Badlands, Spacek rose to international prominence with her portrayal of Carrie White in Brian De Palma's horror film Carrie, for which she received her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Following her performances in the acclaimed films Welcome to L.A., and Robert Altman's 3 Women, Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in the biographical musical film Coal Miner's Daughter . Her other Oscar-nominated roles include Missing, The River, Crimes of the Heart, and In the Bedroom . Spacek's other prominent films include Raggedy Man, JFK, Affliction, The Straight Story, Tuck Everlasting, Nine Lives, North Country, Four Christmases, Get Low, The Help and The Old Man & the Gun .

Spacek received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for the television films The Good Old Boys, Last Call, and for her guest role on the HBO drama series Big Love . She portrayed matriarch Sally Rayburn on the Netflix drama thriller series Bloodline, Ruth Deaver on the Hulu psychological horror series Castle Rock, and Ellen Bergman on the Amazon Prime Video psychological thriller series Homecoming .

Spacek recorded vocals for the soundtrack album of Coal Miner's Daughter, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and garnered her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. She also released a studio album, Hangin' Up My Heart, which was critically well received and peaked at number seventeen on Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

1990s Spacek receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011

Spacek had a supporting role as the wife of Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone's JFK and made a number of comedies, TV movies, and the occasional film. She played the evil Verena Talbo in the ensemble piece The Grass Harp, which reunited her with both Piper Laurie and Jack Lemmon. She lent a supporting performance as the waitress Margie Fogg in Paul Schrader's father-son psychodrama Affliction . She also played Rose Straight in David Lynch's The Straight Story and the mother of Brendan Fraser's character in Blast from the Past. 2000s

Spacek was nominated for the 2001 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Todd Field's In the Bedroom . The New York Times film critic Stephen Holden said of her work in the film:

Ms. Spacek's performance is as devastating as it is unflashy. With the slight tightening of her neck muscles and a downward twitch of her mouth, she conveys her character's relentlessness, then balances it with enough sweetness to make Ruth seem entirely human. It is one of Ms. Spacek's greatest performances.

Her performance as Ruth Fowler, a grieving mother consumed by revenge, won extraordinary praise and garnered the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress as well as the Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, and Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, and several others.

With her sixth best actress Academy Award nomination, Spacek became only the eighth actress to be nominated for at least six leading role Oscars. She is the most recent inductee to this list.

Spacek played unfaithful wife Ruth in Rodrigo García's Nine Lives and a woman suffering from Alzheimer's in the television movie Pictures of Hollis Woods . She had a supporting part in the 2008 Christmas comedy Four Christmases and a lead role in the independent drama Lake City. Spacek appeared in the HBO drama series Big Love for a multi-episode arc as a powerful Washington, D.C. lobbyist.

Spacek narrated the 2005 audiobook of the original Carrie novel by Stephen King. In 2006, she narrated the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which sold over 30 million copies. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. 2010s

Spacek was featured in Tate Taylor's The Help, whose cast was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Spacek at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

Spacek published a memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life, with co-author Maryanne Vollers in 2012. The Washington Post's Jen Chaney called it 'refreshingly down-to-earth' and 'beautifully written'. She added that Spacek's description of her childhood is so 'evocative that one can almost taste the sour stalks of goatweed she chewed on steamy summer afternoons'. Jay Stafford of Richmond Times-Dispatch pointed out that, unlike other actors' autobiographies, Spacek's 'benefits from good writing and remarkable frankness'. The Austin Chronicle's Margaret Moser wrote that Spacek's memoir is 'as easy to read as it is a pleasure to digest'. Biographile's Joe Muscolino gave the book a 5 out of 5 rating, saying that it 'does not disappoint'. Kirkus Reviews was less appreciative of the book, calling it 'an average memoir' and 'overly detailed', while criticizing its lack of 'narrative arc', but complimented Spacek for being 'truly down-to-earth'. Kirkus added that 'the book is 'ordinary' and does not have enough drama to engage readers not directly interested in Spacek and her work' and is 'for die-hard movie buffs and Spacek fans onl'y.

Spacek became the first actor to appear in a film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in each of the four most recent decades. Each film was released near the beginning of its decade: Coal Miner's Daughter, Missing, JFK, In the Bedroom, and The Help .

Spacek appeared in the crime drama film Deadfall . She also co-starred with Robert Redford, in his next-to-last role before his retirement, in the biographical crime film The Old Man & the Gun, which received critical acclaim.

Spacek had starring roles in a variety of television series in the late 2010s. She starred as the matriarch Sally Rayburn in the Netflix drama thriller series Bloodline, which aired from 2015 to 2017. She starred as Ruth Deaver on the Hulu psychological horror series Castle Rock, which intertwines characters and themes from Stephen King's fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. Spacek also had a starring role as Ellen Bergman, the mother of Julia Roberts' character, in the Amazon Prime Video psychological thriller series Homecoming . Personal life

Spacek married production designer and art director Jack Fisk in 1974, after they met on the set of Badlands. Fisk later directed her in the films Raggedy Man and Violets Are Blue . They have two daughters, Schuyler Fisk and Madison Fisk . Schuyler Fisk has followed in her mother's footsteps as both an actress and a singer. Spacek and her family moved to a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia in 1982.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Prime Cut Poppy
1973 Badlands Holly Sargis
1974 Ginger in the Morning Ginger
1974 Phantom of the Paradise N/A Set dresser
1976 Carrie Carrie White
1976 Welcome to L.A. Linda Murray
1977 3 Women Pinky Rose
1980 Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn
1980 Heart Beat Carolyn Cassady
1981 Raggedy Man Nita Longley
1982 Missing Beth Horman
1983 The Man with Two Brains Anne Uumellmahaye Uncredited
1984 The River Mae Garvey
1985 Marie Marie Ragghianti
1986 Violets Are Blue Augusta 'Gussie' Sawyer
1986 'night, Mother Jessie Cates
1986 Crimes of the Heart Babe Magrath Botrelle
1990 The Long Walk Home Miriam Thompson
1991 Hard Promises Christine Ann Coalter
1991 JFK Liz Garrison
1994 Trading Mom Mrs. Martin and various roles
1995 The Grass Harp Verena Talbo
1997 Affliction Margie Fogg
1999 Blast from the Past Helen Thomas Webber
1999 The Straight Story Rose 'Rosie' Straight
2001 In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler
2001 Midwives Sibyl Danforth
2002 Tuck Everlasting Mae Tuck
2004 A Home at the End of the World Alice Glover
2005 Nine Lives Ruth
2005 The Ring Two Evelyn Borden
2005 North Country Alice Aimes
2005 An American Haunting Lucy Bell
2007 Gray Matters Sydney
2007 Hot Rod Marie Powell
2007 Pictures of Hollis Woods Josie Cahill
2008 Lake City Maggie
2008 Four Christmases Paula
2009 Get Low Mattie Darrow
2011 The Help Mrs. Walters
2012 Deadfall June Mills
2016 River of Gold Narrator Documentary
2018 The Old Man & the Gun Jewel

References

'River of Gold'. riverofgoldfilm.com.


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