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Sally Field

The Womens Conference

How She Empowers Others

Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award winner for performances in Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart, for which she also received a Golden Globe,and Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae, for which she received a Golden Globe, along with the New York Film Critics prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.  Ms. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in Smokey and the Bandit, Absence of Malice,Kiss Me Goodbye,Steel Magnolias and Forrest Gump.  Her many film credits include An Eye for An Eye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Soapdish, Not Without My Daughter,The End, Hooper,Stay Hungry (her first major film role), as well as Punchline and Murphy’s Romance, both of which were produced by her production company, Fogwood Films.

Born in Pasadena, California and raised in a show business family, Ms. Field began her career in television on the series “Gidget.”  She went on to star in the “The Flying Nun” and “The Girl with Something Extra.”  She received Emmy Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries “Sybil” and for her performance on “ER.”  She also received Emmy nominations for her role in Showtime’s “A Cooler Climate” and the NBC miniseries “A Woman of Independent Means” which she co-produced and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

Also known for her work behind the camera, Ms. Field made her directorial debut in 1996 with the ABC telefilm “The Christmas Tree” which she co-wrote and which starred Julie Harris.  She directed an episode of the HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and in 2000 made her feature film directorial debut with Beautiful starring Minnie Driver.

In 2002, Ms. Field made her Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s “The Goat” and in 2004, received rave reviews for her role as “Amanda” in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” at The Kennedy Center.  Currently, Ms. Field is co-starring in the ABC series drama “Brothers & Sisters.”  For her role as “Nora Walker,” Ms. Field has received a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award as well as two Golden Globe nominations.

Ms. Field has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices since 2002. She has served as Mistress of Ceremony at Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards gala held at The Kennedy Center from 2002 through 2009.