Two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, three Emmys, honors at Cannes and Berlin film festivals and numerous other accolades are testimonies to her highly crafted skill as one of America’s most beloved actresses. Sally Field must know what it feels like to be liked by now (see reference to her 1987 Academy Award acceptance speech), without even taking into consideration her most recent convincing performance as one of this country’s most unliked First Ladies, Mary Todd Lincoln. She’d been lobbying for this role for over a decade as she’s had to do with most of her roles since we first saw her as Gidget on the TV screen in 1965.
Lincoln director Steven Spielberg rejected her twice for the part of Abraham Lincoln’s obstinate, outspoken and frequently depressed wife. Sally saw something in Mary that hinted at a future role for women in the political world and she wanted to help set the record straight. (Sally was an active campaigner for Hillary Clinton in 2008.) In her final audition with Daniel Day-Lewis who was to play Lincoln and is ten years her junior (Mary was ten years younger than her husband) her improvisation went so well, she got the part.
Sally’s move from television to film was a life changer for her. And now as she moves from the west coast to east coast, she feels another cosmic shift evolving around her. With her mother recently deceased and the last of her three sons leaving the nest, she’s ready to reinvent herself once again. How hard could that be for a woman who’s played so many varied characters throughout her career so far and so well. There’s talk of another Oscar nomination for Sally this year. That would be her third; move over Meryl!