As of 2008, she is only one of six actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937); Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and Airport (1970); Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects (1995) and American Beauty (1999); and Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Born to Richard Dryden Field, a US Army Captain, and his wife Margaret Field, a contract player with Paramount Pictures starring in B movies. The couple divorced in 1950.
Graduate of Birmingham High School, Van Nuys, California, Class of 1964 with Michael Ovitz, who later became her agent. Field's class voted her "Class Clown". Another fellow student was Cindy Williams.
Made two different appearances as a contestant on "The Dating Game" (1965).
Auditioned for the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate (1967).
Best known by the public for her starring roles as Sister Bertrille on "The Flying Nun" (1967) and as Nora Walker on "Brothers & Sisters" (2006).
Has two sons from her first marriage: novelist Peter Craig (born November 10, 1969) and actor/director Eli Craig (born May 25, 1972) and one son, Samuel Greisman (born December 2, 1987), from her second marriage.
Favorite movie is Smokey and the Bandit (1977).
Her Oscar-winning performance as Norma Rae Webster in Norma Rae (1979) was ranked #15 on the American Film Institute's Heroes list in their compilation of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians.
Her performance as Norma Rae Webster in Norma Rae (1979) is ranked #73 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
While filming the scene in Norma Rae (1979) where she is dragged out to the police car, she struggled and kicked so hard that she broke the rib of one of the men playing a police officer.
Turned down the lead role of Alice in Friday the 13th (1980).
Has three films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: Places in the Heart (1984) at #95, Forrest Gump (1994) at #37, and Norma Rae (1979) at #16.
Was asked to play the lead in Moonstruck (1987).
In Punchline (1988), she plays Tom Hanks' love interest. In Forrest Gump (1994), they play mother and son.
In 1988, she survived the crash of her private airplane with no injuries. The plane lost power on take-off and skidded into some parked airplanes on the tarmac.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989
In 1998, became a grandmother of Isabel Craig; in 2001, Sophie Craig; and in 2006, Noah Craig.
Protested alongside fellow actresses Jane Fonda, Christine Lahti, and playwright Eve Ensler urging the Mexican government to re-investigate the slaying of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border. (February 2004).
Her mother, Margaret Field, died on November 6, 2011, the day of Sally's 65th birthday.