Two-time Academy Award-winning, three-time Emmy-winning, and two-time Golden Globe-winning actress, director and producer, Sally Field has been one of the most versatile and durable talents in Hollywood for more than fifty years. From the podium she speaks candidly about her life and art, delivers empowering messages to women on balancing the demands of family and career, and educates fellow victims of osteoporosis on how best to manage the disease.
Sally is a delightful presence on the lecture stage as she draws on the triumphant struggles of her own life in inspiring others to achieve their dreams. She describes how she gradually won control over her artistic career in an industry notorious for denying such control – beginning with her breakthrough performance in the landmark miniseries Sibyl in 1976 (in which her stunning, nuanced portrayal of a woman with multiple personalities shattered Hollywood’s conception of her as capable only of lighthearted comic roles), and continuing with her brilliant Oscar-winning performances in Norma Rae and Places in the Heart, which cemented her status as one of the world’s greatest actresses. Sally also discusses her Emmy-winning roles as Dr. Abby Lockhart’s bipolar mother on ER, her acclaimed Broadway performance in Edward Albee’s Who Is Sylvia, and her recent Oscar-nominated role as ‘Mary Todd Lincoln’ in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
In 2005, Sally was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her diagnosis led her to create the “Rally With Sally For Bone Health” campaign with support from Roche and GlaxoSmithKline, which promotes Boniva, a treatment for osteoporosis. Sally welcomes opportunities to teach others how to keep the disease under control and continue living life on their own terms.
Most recently, President Obama honored Sally with the National Medal of Arts. The award recognizes a distinguished group of writers, actors and musicians.
An independent woman of fierce determination and dazzling talents, Sally Field is an inspiration to listening audiences everywhere. She currently resides in New York City.