Sissy Spacek

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Sissy Spacek at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Spacek (born December 25, 1949 in Quitman , Texas ) is an American actress and singer.

She achieved international fame in the 1970s through films such as Badlands - Zerschossene Träume and Carrie - Des Satan's Youngest Daughter . For her role as country legend Loretta Lynn in the film Nashville Lady , she was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1981. She was nominated for the award six times.

The films with Spacek have grossed over $ 895.7 million worldwide.

life and career

Sissy Spacek (August 2011)

Sissy Spacek was born in December 1949 as the only daughter and the youngest of three children to Virginia and Edwin Spacek in the US state of Texas. Her paternal grandparents came from Bordovice in Moravia , while on the mother's side she can trace her ancestors back to the Mayflower . Spacek was nicknamed "Sissy" by her two older brothers. She grew up in her native Quitman and attended Quitman High School. At the age of 13 she dreamed of a career as a folk singer, worked as a cheerleader and was elected prom queen at the end of her school days. However, the cancer death of her then 19-year-old brother Robert cast a shadow over her otherwise carefree childhood and youth. Spacek about her loss: “I realized that every moment you have to live like it is your last. This knowledge helps me make decisions today, but it was a long time before I understood what his death meant to me. "

In order to achieve her dream of a career as a singer, she moved to New York City to live with her cousin, actor Rip Torn and his wife Geraldine Page after graduating from high school . At the time, however, she did not want to enter the music business, so she decided to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute instead . She got her first engagement in 1972 in the film Die Professionals with Gene Hackman . The following year she got the female lead in Badlands from director Terrence Malick . While making this film, she met Jack Fisk , whom she married in 1974.

Spacek became world famous in 1976 through Brian De Palma's film adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie on the side of the then unknown John Travolta . Her portrayal in the horror film brought Spacek her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 1977. She was finally presented with the award in 1981 for her acting performance in the film Nashville Lady (1980), the film adaptation of the life story of country legend Loretta Lynn . The role also earned her a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award nomination for best country singer. She then starred in The Mysterious Stranger , which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best film actress.

In 1974 Sissy Spacek married Jack Fisk and in 1982 Spacek and Fisk became parents of a daughter. Schuyler Fisk is now also working as an actress. In the same year she starred in the drama Missing alongside Jack Lemmon and received her third Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. By 2001 she received three other Oscar nominations for People on the River (1984) with Mel Gibson , for Criminal Hearts (1986) alongside Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange, and for In the Bedroom (2001). She received the Golden Globe for both Criminal Hearts and In the Bedroom .

In 2005, Rodrigo García's ensemble film Nine Lives with Glenn Close , Jason Isaacs and Holly Hunter followed, as well as the drama Kaltes Land with Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand in the leading roles. In 2008 Spacek starred in the commercially very successful comedy My Sweetheart, Our Family and I , opposite Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon .

In 2010 she starred in six episodes of the television series Big Love and received an Emmy nomination for it.

On August 1, 2011, Sissy Spacek was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame . It is the 2443th star print on the famous sidewalk. For its ceremonial unveiling, the actress appeared in the company of her fellow actor Bill Paxton and David Lynch , with whom she had made the 1999 road movie A True Story - The Straight Story .


Discography (selection)


  • 1980: Coal Miner's Daughter (Soundtrack)
  • 1983: Hangin 'Up My Heart


  • 1980: Coal Miner's Daughter
  • 1980: Back in Baby's Arms
  • 1983: Lonely But Only for You
  • 1984: If I Can Just Get Through the Night
  • 1984: If You Could Only See Me Now

Awards and nominations (selection)

Academy Award of Merit ("Oscar")

Golden Globe Award

  • 1981: Best Actress Award in a Comedy or Musical for Nashville Lady
  • 1982: Nomination for best leading actress - drama for The Mysterious Stranger
  • 1983: Nomination for Best Actress - Drama for Missing
  • 1985: Nomination for Best Actress - Drama for People on the River
  • 1987: Award for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical for Criminal Hearts
  • 2002: Best Actress Award - Drama for In the Bedroom
  • 2008: Nominated for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for Pictures of Hollis Woods

Emmy Award

  • 1995: Nomination for best supporting actress in a miniseries or a special for Once a Cowboy, Always a Cowboy
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Film for Last Call
  • 2010: Nomination for best guest actress in a drama series for Big Love

Grammy Award

  • 1981: Nomination for best country singer

British Academy Film Award

  • 1975: Nomination as the most promising newcomer for Badlands - Shattered Dreams
  • 1982: Nominated for Best Actress for Nashville Lady
  • 1983: Nomination for best leading actress for Missing
  • 2002: Nomination for best leading actress for In the Bedroom

Independent Spirit Award

  • 2002: Best Actress Award for In the Bedroom

Screen Actors Guild Award

  • 1995: Nomination for Leading Actress in a TV Movie for Will Annie Live?
  • 2002: Nomination for best leading actress for In the Bedroom

Web links

Commons : Sissy Spacek  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Sissy Spacek Box Office Data The Numbers, accessed August 2, 2011
  2. a b c d Carrie's Star By Lois Armstrong People Magazine, August 22, 1977, accessed August 2, 2011
  3. ^ Sissy Spacek Biography, accessed August 2, 2011
  4. Sissy Spacek honored with a Hollywood star on August 2, 2011