Sissy Spacek


25 Dec 1949


Quitman, Texas, USA


Mary Elizabeth Spacek


As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin.

Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen. After graduating, she embarked on an acting career, gaining interest in the profession through her cousin, actor Rip Torn. Sissy relocated to New York, and through him, enrolled in the New York branch of the Actors Studio. She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute while also pursuing work as a model and singer, appearing in West Village showcases such as the Bitter End for $10 a night. Sissy eventually broke into film and one of her first roles was as Holly in the classic Badlands (1973). The art director on that film was Jack Fisk, with whom she would marry in 1974 and ultimately collaborate on eight films. Sissy followed this landmark film with a star-making and Oscar nominated performance in Carrie (1976), in which she played a humiliated prom queen who goes postal with her telekinesis. Sissy has had an enduring and award winning career in movies and television, which includes an Oscar as Best Actress for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). The parents of two grown daughters, Sissy and Jack live on a large horse ranch in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Even though she continued to appear in film and television during the late 1980s and 1990s, Sissy devoted most of those years to her family. Then, in 2001, Sissy returned to the big screen in a major way with a powerful performance in In the Bedroom (2001), which not only earned her a sixth Best Actress Oscar nomination, but a win for Best Actress at the Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, and numerous critics association awards. Sissy continues to work steadily as an actress, but in 2012, her credits expanded even further to include a memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life, as well as planning her directorial debut on the in-development film Sweet Tea.

Actor ( 81 credits )

Old Man and the Gun (2018)
Other People (2016)
Untitled KZK Project (2015)  Sally Rayburn (2 episodes)
Amazon Gold (2012)
Deadfall (2012) June Mills
The Help (2011) Missus Walters
Get Low (2009) Mattie Darrow
The Rotten Tomatoes Show (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Four Christmases (2008) Paula
Lake City (2008) Maggie
Beautiful People (2008)  Carrie (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 2008
Hot Rod (2007) Marie Powell
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
Gray Matters (2006) Dr. Sydney
Summer Running: The Race to Cure Breast Cancer (2006) Mrs. Flora Good
Big Love (2006)  Marilyn Densham (5 episodes, 2010)
An American Haunting (2005) Lucy Bell
North Country (2005) Alice Aimes
The Ring Two (2005) Evelyn
Nine Lives (2005) Ruth
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
A Home at the End of the World (2004) Alice Glover
A Decade Under the Influence (2003) Herself
Tuck Everlasting (2002) Mae Tuck
Rosy-Fingered Dawn: a Film on Terrence Malick (2002) Herself
In the Bedroom (2001) Ruth Fowler
Backstory (2000)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
The Straight Story (1999) Rose
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) Carrie White (archive footage) (uncredited)
Blast from the Past (1999) Helen
The Directors (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Affliction (1997) Margie Fogg
The View (1997) (1 episode, 2007)
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Crook & Chase (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 1999)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (5 episodes, 1996-2001)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
The Grass Harp (1995) Verena Talbo
Trading Mom (1994) Mommy / Mama / Mom / Natasha
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (1992)  Narrator (segment "There's Something in My Attic") (1
Hard Promises (1991) Christine Ann Coalter
JFK (1991) Liz Garrison
The Long Walk Home (1990) Miriam Thompson
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Biography (1987)  Carrie White in 'Carrie' / ... (2 episodes, 1995-2000)
Seitenblicke (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Crimes of the Heart (1986) Babe Magrath
'night, Mother (1986) Jessie Cates
Violets Are Blue... (1986) Augusta 'Gussie' Sawyer
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (2 episodes, 2011)
Marie (1985) Marie Ragghianti
The River (1984) Mae Garvey
The Man with Two Brains (1983) Anne Uumellmahaye (voice) (uncredited)
Missing (1982) Beth Horman
Raggedy Man (1981) Nita Longley
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Heart Beat (1980) Carolyn Cassady
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Loretta Lynn
Friday Night, Saturday Morning (1979)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 1981)
3 Women (1977) Pinky Rose
Carrie (1976) Carrie
Welcome to L.A. (1976) Linda Murray
The Alan Hamel Show (1976)  Herself (1 episode, 1978)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Amy Carter / ... (1 episode, 1977)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
Les rendez-vous du dimanche (1975)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 1977)
Ginger in the Morning (1974) Ginger
Badlands (1973) Holly
Prime Cut (1972) Poppy
The Rookies (1972)  Barbara Tabnor (1 episode, 1973)
The Midnight Special (1972)  Herself (1 episode, 1980)
Clapper Board (1972) (1 episode, 1981)
The Waltons (1971)  Sarah Jane Simmons (2 episodes, 1973)
Great Performances (1971)  Verna Vane (1 episode, 1978)
Trash (1970) Girl extra at bar (uncredited)
Love, American Style (1969)  Terri (segment "Love and the Old Lover") (1 episode, 1
The CBS Morning News (1963)  Herself (1 episode, 1985)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Herself (1 episode, 1991)
Today (1952)  Herself (1 episode, 1980)