Sissy Spacek won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her “Loretta Lynn” in Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980). Inspired by her cousin, Rip Torn, she decided upon an acting career after graduating from high school in her native Quitman, Texas. She moved to New York and enrolled in the Actors Studio; she also studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. One of her first films was Badlands (1973). Her breakout role was the title role in Carrie (1976), in which she played the humiliated prom queen who loses it via telekinesis. She received an Oscar nomination for that performance, as she did for her work in Missing (1982), The River (1984) and Crimes of the Heart (1986).
Sissy Spacek’s many other memorable feature film credits include ‘Night Mother (with Anne Bancroft), The Grass Harp (Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau), Affliction (Nick Nolte, James Coburn), Blast from the Past (Christopher Walken, Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone), In the Bedroom (Oscar nomination, Golden Globe win, with Tom Wilkinson, Marisa Tomei) and A Home at the End of the World (Colin Farrell, Robin Penn Wright). Her television work includes the 1994 Hallmark Hall of Fame production, A Place for Annie, and the acclaimed miniseries, Larry McMurtry’s Streets of Laredo. She lives on a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.