Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek
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Spacek at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Mary Elizabeth Spacek

(1949-12-25) December 25, 1949 (age 68)
ResidenceCharlottesville, Virginia
Alma materActors Studio
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1970–present
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 is the recipient of various accolades including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, two Critics' Choice Movie Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and nominations for four BAFTA Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award.

Born and raised in Texas, Spacek initially aspired a career as a singer. In 1968, using the name "Rainbo," she recorded a single, "John, You've Gone Too Far This Time. Sales of her music sputtered, however, and she was dropped from her record label. She subsequently switched 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 with a minor role in Andy Warhol's Women in Revolt (1971) and received attention for her role as Holly Sargis in Terrence Malick's Badlands (1973). She rose to prominence with her portrayal of Carrie White in Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976), for which she received her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Following her appearances in acclaimed films Welcome to L.A. (1976) and Robert Altman's 3 Women (1977), she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). Her other Oscar nominated roles include Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and In the Bedroom (2001). Her other films include Raggedy Man (1981), JFK (1991), Affliction (1997), The Straight Story (1999), Tuck Everlasting (2002), Nine Lives (2005), The Help (2011), and The Old Man & the Gun (2018). On television, Spacek received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for The Good Old Boys (1995), Last Call (2002), Big Love (2011) and portrayed matriarch Sally Rayburn on the Netflix thriller series Bloodline (2015-2017).[1] Since 2018, she stars as Ruth Deaver on Hulu's psychological horror web series Castle Rock.

As a singer, Spacek sang all of the Lynn's songs for the soundtrack album of Coal Miner's Daughter which garnered her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and released a studio album Hangin' Up My Heart (1983). The album was critically well received and peaked at no. 17 on Billboard Top Country Albums.

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. Spacek's father was of three quarters Czech (Moravian) and one quarter German ancestry; her paternal grandparents were Mary (Cervenka) and Arnold A. Spacek (who served as Mayor of Granger, Texas in Williamson County).[3][4] Her mother, who was of English and Irish descent, was from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.[5] At age 6, she performed on stage for the first time, appearing in a local talent show.[6] Although her birth name was Mary Elizabeth, she was always called Sissy by her brothers which led to her stage name. She attended Quitman High School[6] and was named homecoming queen at her senior prom.[7]

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".[8] Spacek said the personal tragedy made her 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."[9]

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