Tuesday, November 7, 2017
What the Beck???
A Fun Fact to Know and Share:
Did you know that Sally Field turned 71
years old on November 6th?
Why do you need to know this? You don't! I have always loved her in shows and movies. Do you remember her as Gidget? Unfortunately, I am old enough to remember her clearly. Here are some of my favorite Sally Field shows and movies.
TV Shows and Movies
1967 The Flying Nun - I have never met any Nun that was as fun as Sally Field was in the show.
1971 Alias Smith and Jones – I absolutely loved this show. Sally played a scheming friend of Kid Curry and Hannibal Hayes.
1971 Maybe I’ll Come Home in the Spring – This was a great movie. I am not sure, but I think this was her first made for TV movie. I remember that I was so sad watching it.
Big Screen Movies
1976 Sybil – This movie opened my eyes to abuse. I was horrified by the trauma this little girl went through in life. It was also the first time I heard of multiple personalities.
1977 Heroes – Field plays the girlfriend of a returning Vet who suffers from PTSD. Harrison Ford was also in this great movie.
1977 Smokey and the Bandit – “East Bound and Down” was the perfect song for this movie. Sally and Burt Reynolds were fun and silly, but Jackie Gleason was my favorite character as the sheriff.
1978 The End – Another Fields/Reynolds movie. In this one she was his wife. Reynolds plays a dying man who eventually attempts suicide. He ends up in a mental hospital with the always-fabulous Dom Deluise.
1979 Norma Rae – Sally won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this amazing film. She plays a textile worker who decides to rally her fellow workers to unionize. This is one of my favorite movies. I haven’t seen it in years. I think I will have the library find it for me and watch it again.
1981 Absence of Malice – Sally plays an investigative reporter who gets information about a murder from a leak. Paul Newman plays the man
accused of murder who has an alibi, but doesn’t want to share it because it involves another person. Fields falls in love with Newman. I loved this movie, too.
1984 Places in the Heart – The setting was Texas in 1935. Fields plays a widow with two kids. She has to pay back a loan for her farm. She hires a handyman, played by Danny Glover. The banker wants the land, so he forces her to take in his blind brother-in-law as a boarder. John Malkovich plays the blind man. Sally won another Academy Award for Best Actress for this role. I absolutely loved this movie.
1989 Steel Magnolias – Fields stars with Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis,
and Daryl Hannah as women who become dear friends. The setting revolves around a beauty parlor. These friends support, love, and care for each other. This movie stars some heavy hitters and it was GREAT!
1991 Not Without my Daughter – Sally plays an American woman married to an Iranian- American husband. They have a little girl. Her husband plans a vacation to Iran for the family. Fields is hesitant because of the difference in their treatment of women. Once in Iran, Fields learns that her husband will not let
his daughter ever leave Iran.
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire – This is one of those movies that you can’t help but laugh even if you have viewed the movie many times. Sally plays a woman married to a man who acts like a silly boy. Robin Williams is fantastic as Mrs. Doubtfire, the family father and (in disguise) housekeeper. If you are
ever down and out, this is a must see to lighten your spirits.
1994 Forrest Gump – Sally Fields plays the mother of
a special needs boy named Forrest Gump. He is a lovable character who functions in the world by running away. As he reaches adulthood, he becomes an amazing hero and friend. I loved all of the historical footage from the times. Every time I see or find a feather, I think of this movie.
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde - I liked the two Legally Blonde movies. They are light and airy and just plain silly. Sally Fields played a Congresswoman who hires Elle for her staff. Elle, now a lawyer, finds out that Fields is undermining her bill. This is another fun
movie with Fields not playing the all American girl.
2015 Hello, My Name is Doris – This is a movie that I have not yet viewed. This is on my list of films
to check out at the library. I don’t know anything about this movie, but the previews are fab!
These were just a sampling of the Sally Field movies. There are so many more for you to see! I enjoyed writing about them and have just added a few of them to my must see list for the upcoming month. There is nothing more enjoyable than re-watching an old favorite.