Sally Field

Posted on November 1st, 2012, by iMinerva

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November 6, 1946

Happy 66 Gidget!

Sally Field has made us laugh, cry, and think for more than 45 years. From her first appearance as Gidget in 1965 to Sister Bertrille in the Flying Nun to Smokey & the Bandit, to Steel Magnolias, to Norma Rae (a role that earned her an Oscar), Mrs. Doubtfire, Forest Gump, and one of my Sunday night TV favorites, Brothers & Sister’s indefatigable Nora Walker, Ms. Field has always selected movies that entertained and often made us a little wiser. Certainly a Hollywood star, she’s always been honest in both her personal and public life. For me, many of her most memorable scenes portrayed heartbreak, deep anger, or grace in growing old. I can’t wait to see her as Mary Todd Lincoln in Spielberg’s soon-to-be-released epic movie on our 16th president.

Honored this October with the Ally for Equality Award presented by the Human Rights Coalition, Sally Field has been a vocal advocate for women’s rights and the rights of Gays.  She is a board member on Vital Voices, a global initiative to support women, and heads up the Rally with Sally Foundation to increase awareness of osteoporosis and the importance of testing.  Her acceptance speech at the Emmy’s in 2007 was bleeped (only in the U.S.) when she stated, “If mother’s ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place.”  Amen!

Happy 66th Birthday to Sally Field.  You will always have a Place in our Hearts.

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