SISSY SPACEK (Alice) has been one of the industry's most respected
actresses for more than three decades. Her many honors include an Academy Award,
five additional Oscar nominations, three Golden Globe Awards and numerous
She first gained the attention of critics and audiences with her performance
in Terrence Malick's widely praised 1973 drama Badlands, in which she starred
opposite Martin Sheen. In 1976, Spacek earned her first Academy Award nomination
and won a National Society of Film Critics Award for her chilling performance in
the title role of Brian De Palma's Carrie, based on the Stephen King novel.
The following year, she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for her work
in Robert Altman's Three Women.
In 1980, Spacek starred as Loretta Lynn in the acclaimed biopic Coal
Miner's Daughter, winning the Oscar and Golden Globe Award for her
performance. Spacek also swept the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles
Film Critics, National Board of Review, and National Society of Film Critics
Awards for her portrayal of the country music legend.
Spacek received another Golden Globe nomination the next year for her work in
Raggedy Man, directed by her husband, Jack Fisk. She earned her third Oscar and
Golden Globe nominations for her role in Costa-Gavras' 1982 drama Missing,
opposite Jack Lemmon, and her fourth Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her
work in 1984's The River, in which she starred with Mel Gibson.
In 1987, Spacek gained her fifth Academy Award nomination and won another
Golden Globe and the New York film Critics Circle Award for her performance in
the dark comedy Crimes of the Heart. Her most recent Oscar nomination came for
her portrayal of a mother grieving for her murdered son in the drama In the
Bedroom, for which she also won a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit
Award, and an AFI Film Award for Best Actress. In addition, she garnered Best
Actress Awards from a number of critics' organizations, including the Los
Angeles, New York and Broadcast Film Critics. Her work in In the Bedroom also
brought Spacek two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one for Outstanding
Lead Actress and another for Outstanding Cast, shared with the rest of the
Spacek's other film credits include A Home at the End of the World, The
Straight Story, Blast From the Past, Affliction, The Grass Harp, JFK, The Long
Walk Home, Night, Mother and Marie. She has several films upcoming and next
stars in Nine Lives, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Spacek has also been honored for her work on the small screen, where she has
starred in several highly praised longform projects. She received Emmy Award
nominations for her portrayal of Zelda Fitzgerald in Last Call and for her work
in Tommy Lee Jones' Western The Good Old Boys, as well as SAG Award
nominations for her performances in Midwives and A Place for Annie. Her
additional television credits include If These Wall Could Talk, Beyond the Call,
Streets of Laredo and A Private Matter.
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