Sally Field, 76, Kept Her Promise Of Avoiding Plastic Surgery As She Battled Ageism In Hollywood

Sally Field, who has been active in the business since the early 1960s, is a Hollywood icon. It is not surprising that Field has received awards and recognition for her outstanding work and talent throughout the course of a career that has lasted over six full decades. In addition to being a standout performer in movies and television shows, she has also demonstrated her skills as a director. In addition, Field is an activist who has committed time to the cause and a lovely heart of gold.

Field was born in Pasadena, California, on November 8, 1946. Her father was in the military during World War II, and he had a short-lived romance with Field's mother, the actress Margaret Field.

Jock Mahoney, an actor and stuntman, and Margaret later got married. It should come as no surprise that Field established herself as an exceptional performer given her celebrity surroundings. She began her career as a star of television shows including "Gidget" and "The Flying Nun."

She then won praise for her performance in "Sybil" and went on to feature in several other movies. Some of Field's best films include "Smokey and the Bandit," "Norma Rae," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Forrest Gump." Later, Field returned to television where she gained even more notoriety and acclaim, continuing her enduring career.

It has stood the test of time, Field. On February 26, 2023, the venerable actress gratefully collected her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and shared an emotional narrative about her exciting career in cinema and television.

The 76-year-old actress appeared ageless in her acting parts, demonstrating that despite her advanced age, her humility and wisdom still serve to highlight the grace and beauty that so many people admired in her.

Continue reading to find out more about Field's views on beauty and her illustrious acting career.

After graduating from high school, Field's acting career began when she landed the lead role in the television series "Gidget," in which she portrayed a surfer girl obsessed with boys. Reruns helped the program become a belated hit even though it only lasted for one season and wasn't initially popular. Field eventually went on to star in "The Flying Nun" and later "Sybil," both of which brought in an Emmy Award for her before she transitioned to the big screen.

By the end of the 1970s, her acting career had taken off, and she was well-known for both her Academy Award-winning performance in "Norma Rae" and "Smokey and the Bandit." After appearing in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Forrest Gump," she continued to grace the big screen. She then made a comeback on television in "ER" and "Brothers & Sisters."

Field has so far won two Academy Awards, been nominated for two BAFTA Film Awards, received three Primetime Emmy Awards, won two Golden Globes, won two SAG Awards, including the most recent Life Achievement Award, and been nominated for a Tony Award.

Field was nothing but appreciative and gracious when her "The Amazing Spider-Man" co-star Andrew Garfield presented her with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Offstage, I felt reserved, cautious, and concealed. However, I never knew what I would say or do on stage. I would be shocked by myself. Even though it's wonderful, I wasn't seeking the praise or attention, she said. "For me, acting has always been about seeking out those rare, priceless moments when I feel completely, entirely, and occasionally dangerously alive. Finding a route to there has always been the problem.

Field's remarks served as evidence of her beauty on the inside and exterior. Her look at the event, when she proudly rocked her graying hair with her exquisitely made black gown, accentuated the latter.

Fans referred to her as "ageless."

In her address, Field also emphasized the importance of hard work in helping her achieve the success she has today.

They let portions of me out that I would not have known otherwise. I have worked all my life. There hasn't been a day in these nearly 60 years that I haven't been genuinely happy to call myself an actress," she said.

In 2016, Field portrayed the quirky 60-year-old character Doris Miller. She received high appreciation from critics for her "brave" portrayal, in which she expertly captured the "cruel ambivalence of an ageist society."

Speaking to NPR about her role and how she connects to it, Field said that she already had a little aspect of Doris.

Field remarked at the time, "I'm an old woman, 70 is old, and that's OK. "I've built strength on the shoulders of my years; I owned them; I've earned them; I've merited them; I have a right to have them. Additionally, I don't like my neck and a lot of other stuff, but it's alright.

Field is more concerned with her love for the profession than with her own self-importance. Field's attendance at the 2023 SAG Awards demonstrated that she hasn't changed her former position on using cosmetic procedures to make yourself seem younger.

In 2009, Field confided in Good Housekeeping her hesitation to get surgery:

"When I get a glimpse of myself on television, I lament the fact that my neck is suffering. And your eyes are so swollen, and your face is sagging. However, as I look at some of the women (who have undergone plastic surgery), I realize how lovely I thought they were when they were younger. I'm now thinking, Oh no, don't do that! And that appears to be a grave disdain for who they are right now.

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