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Celebrating two-time Oscar winner Sally Field’s 71st birthday with a trip down on-screen memory lane

We like her, we reeeeeeeaaaallly like her. From Gidget to Norma Rae to Mary Todd Lincoln, Sally Field’s acting career has been one for the ages.

Hard to believe, but the actress who has been a star as long as Cher and Barbra Streisand turns 71 today.

She’s had an astounding career that started out cute and perky on Gidget and The Flying Nun before she won her first Emmy for Sybil. Then had a Burt Reynolds phase (Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, The End) before winning best actress Oscars for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart and earning another Oscar nod this year for Lincoln.

Along the way there have been two more Emmys for ER and Brothers & Sisters, respectively, and memorable roles in such films as Steel Magnolias, Soapdish, Murphy’s Romance, Punchline, Forrest Gump , the Spider-Man franchise during the Andrew Garfield years and last year’s terrific My Name is Doris..

As if I didn’t already love her enough for her acting, Sally has shown us what a terrific mom she is. The youngest of her three sons, Sam Greisman, came out publicly as gay and Sally has been an excellent example of how a parent can handle this.

‘It’s important to have a parent speak about raising a magnificent, proud, intelligent, funny, lovable, sexy gay son,’ Sally told Oprah Winfrey in 2015. ‘There are so many parents who are frightened of that and who don’t embrace their children as they struggle. Those children are struggling to embrace who they are, who nature — what nature intended them to be.’

Let’s celebrate sensational Sally with some of her great scenes:


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