Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek
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Spacek at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
BornMary Elizabeth Spacek
(1949-12-25) December 25, 1949 (age 68)
Quitman, Texas, U.S.
Alma materActors Studio
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Jack Fisk (m. 1974)
Children2, including Schuyler Fisk
RelativesRip Torn (cousin)

Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Spacek (k/; born December 25, 1949) is an American actress and singer. She began her career in the early 1970s and first gained attention for her role in the film Badlands (1973). Her major breakthrough came in 1976 when she played the title character of Carrie White in Brian De Palma's horror film Carrie, based on the first novel by Stephen King, for which she earned an Oscar nomination (a rare feat for an actor or actress in a horror movie). She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter, and also earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Coal Miner's Daughter" from the film's soundtrack. She went on to receive further Oscar nominations for her roles in Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and In the Bedroom (2001). Coal Miner's Daughter and Crimes of the Heart also won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

A six-time Oscar nominee, she received her sixth nomination for In the Bedroom (2001), which also won her a third Golden Globe, this time for Best Actress in a Drama. Her other films include 3 Women (1977), Raggedy Man (1981), JFK (1991), Affliction (1997), The Straight Story (1999), Tuck Everlasting (2002), Nine Lives (2005) and The Help (2011). Spacek also played matriarch Sally Rayburn in the Netflix thriller series Bloodline from 2015 until its cancellation in 2017.[1]

Early life

Spacek was born on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, the daughter of Virginia Frances (née Spilman; December 18, 1917 – November 10, 1981) and Edwin Arnold Spacek Sr. (July 3, 1910 – January 7, 2001),[2] a county agricultural agent. Her mother, who was of Polish, English and Irish descent, was from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.[3] At age 6, she performed on stage for the first time, appearing in a local talent show.[4] Although her birth name was Mary Elizabeth, from birth, she was always called Sissy by her brothers which led to her stage name. She attended Quitman High School[4] and was named homecoming queen at her senior prom.[5]

Spacek was greatly affected by the death of her close 18-year-old brother, Robbie, in 1967 from leukemia when she was 17, which she has called "the defining event of my whole life."[6] Spacek used the personal tragedy as a tool to be fearless in her acting career: "I think it made me brave. Once you experience something like that, you’ve experienced the ultimate tragedy. And if you can continue, nothing else frightens you. That’s what I meant about it being rocket fuel – I was fearless in a way. Maybe it gave more depth to my work because I had already experienced something profound and life-changing."[7]

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