About Sissy Spacek
Mary Elizabeth “Sissy” Spacek (born December 25, 1949) is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for four British Academy Film Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award. Spacek was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
Spacek initially aspired to a career as a recording artist at age 18, but after sales of her music sputtered, she was dropped from her record label, which led her to switch 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 as an extra in Andy Warhol’s ‘Women in Revolt’.
Following her breakout role ‘Badlands’, Sissy Spacek rose to international prominence with her portrayal of Carrie White in Brian De Palma’s horror film ‘Carrie’, for which she received her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. After appearing in the acclaimed films ‘Welcome to L.A. ‘ and ‘3 Women’, Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’. Her other Oscar-nominated roles include ‘Missing’, ‘The River’, ‘Crimes of the Heart’, and ‘In the Bedroom’. Spacek’s other prominent films include ‘Raggedy Man’, ‘JFK’, ‘Affliction’, ‘The Straight Story’, ‘Tuck Everlasting’, ‘Nine Lives’, and ‘North Country’. Learn More…