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Sissy Spacek

We go on and on about M and discuss how Jessica Lange can reach great acting heights, but what about Sissy Spacek?

How would DL regard her abilities and career? Was catching up on Big Love season 4 where she guest stars, and that piqued my interest.

Looks great for 60ish.

by Anonymousreply 8105/18/2013

I've always loved her work. "Three Women" (which I haven't seen since it was first released) and naturally "Coal Miner's Daughter" are both excellent movies if only because of her.

Years ago, Pauline Kael said Spacek couldn't get work in Hollywood because she had pissed someone off. Any idea what that was all about?

by Anonymousreply 101/15/2011

I wouldn't know.

by Anonymousreply 201/15/2011

She's brilliant in Coal Miner's Daughter and Carrie but HATED In The Bedroom, the only good scene was when she slaps Marisa Tomei (it looked so real), but the rest of the movie was extremely boring.

by Anonymousreply 301/15/2011

Has one of the worst nose jobs in Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 401/15/2011

Spacek didn't conform to the typical Hollywood leading lady looks, so her star status was never on solid ground. Never heard that she had pissed off anyone in particular, but you never know.

Regardless, she's a wonderful actress. I went to see the indie film GET LOW last summer in large part due to her being in it, despite my general resistance to watching the right-winger Robert Duvall.

by Anonymousreply 501/15/2011

Marisa Tomei said the slap was real.

by Anonymousreply 601/15/2011

Thanks, r6...didn't know that.

by Anonymousreply 701/15/2011

They're called breasts, momma.

by Anonymousreply 801/15/2011

How can you not like "In the Bedroom"? It's beautifully acted. You must have hated Affliction.

by Anonymousreply 901/15/2011

R1, 3 WOMEN doesn't really age well. I saw it on Fox Movie Channel, and other than the brilliant performances from her and Shelley Duvall (who excels partly because she is so perfectly cast) the film is the expression of an idea that wasn't fully baked.

I got the feeling that Altman wasn't really sure what he wanted to say and thought it would come to him in the process of making the film. It didn't.

McCABE & MRS. MILLER had the same problem. The first hour of that film is really dull, other than Julie Christie. Beatty is actually very irritating in the film.

by Anonymousreply 1001/15/2011

Good actress, definitely, if a bit hard to cast. A performance she didn't get sufficient credit for--Night Mother. Yes, it's pretty much just the play, filmed, and Anne Bancroft can be a bit much in it (though at other times she's just right). But Ms. Sissy is absolutely riveting in it--some of her very best work.

by Anonymousreply 1101/15/2011

[quote]Spacek didn't conform to the typical Hollywood leading lady looks, so her star status was never on solid ground. Never heard that she had pissed off anyone in particular, but you never know.

Actually at her peak in the late 70's and early/mid 80's, most of the top actresses weren't stunning beauties or all that glamorous. I don't think she cared too much about Hollywood and focused on her family. Both of her kids were born when she was at the peak of her career and her and her husband live full time in Virginia.

by Anonymousreply 1201/15/2011

David Cronenberg wanted her for the lead in "Rabid" but was overruled by the powers that be. Instead the talentless porn star Marilyn Chambers got the role. I would have loved to have seen Spacek in that movie; she would have done so much more with the character.%0D %0D Spacek was also to have played "Sissy" in "Urban Cowboy", but somehow that fell through. I would have also loved to have seen her in that movie. It would have been much more interesting.

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by Anonymousreply 1401/15/2011

I think she is brilliant. Below is from Badlands. Such a genius movie.

by Anonymousreply 1501/15/2011

She's a good actress, but she chooses the most boring roles.

by Anonymousreply 1601/15/2011

All my favorite actresses were the slightly under the radar types like Spacek, Margot Kidder. They're sort of trapped between Leading Lady and Character Actress.

by Anonymousreply 1701/15/2011

%0D Is she coming back to Big Love? I loved her character on there. She stole every scene she was in.

by Anonymousreply 1801/15/2011

She is great in Three Women, Carrie and in Badlands.

by Anonymousreply 1901/15/2011

She was also pretty good in a 1970s TV movie called Katherine.

by Anonymousreply 2001/15/2011

Great actress, consumate artist, managed to avoid making a bunch of shit movies and helped create a number of major and minor classics.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 2101/15/2011

Sissy Spacek writing memoir, 'Barefoot Stories'

NEW YORK (AP) - Take off your shoes and relax: Oscar winner Sissy Spacek has a few stories to tell.

Hyperion announced Friday that it's publishing her memoir, which is tentatively called "Barefoot Stories." The book is scheduled to come out next year.

The 61-year-old actress won an Academy Award in 1981 for "Coal Miner's Daughter," in which she played country singer Loretta Lynn. She also starred in the horror classic "Carrie." She was seen last year in "Get Low," with Robert Duvall and Bill Murray.

by Anonymousreply 2201/15/2011

I love her in everything she's in, even though usually she's better than the movie. I loved her in "Crimes of the Heart".

by Anonymousreply 2301/15/2011

Coal Miner's Daughter, my ass. Sissy stole my Best Actress Oscar for Ordinary People.

by Anonymousreply 2401/15/2011

I've always gone out of my way to see Spacek's movies. She's one of very few actors whom I enjoy that much.

by Anonymousreply 2501/15/2011

She was terrifyingly real in "'night, Mother." (Anne Bancroft, too!)

by Anonymousreply 2601/15/2011

I'm glad that she wasn't in Urban Cowboy. Urban Cowboy is one of the worst movies ever made.

by Anonymousreply 2701/15/2011

Sorry, MTM/R24. Sissy won every major award that year for her performance. People thought you were just playing yourself.

by Anonymousreply 2801/15/2011

What happened to that taken free daughter she tried to foist on us a few years back? She was prettier than Mamie Gumer, though.

by Anonymousreply 2901/15/2011

Katherine is a great TV movie and she is fantastic in it. It's kind of disappeared, which is too bad, but the subject matter would be very dicey in this day and age.

And you know who else gives a great performance in it? Henry Winkler, of all people, very much not the Fonz.

by Anonymousreply 3001/15/2011

MTM/R24 perhaps you should've lobbied for Supporting Actress. That was the rightful category for you, since you had less screen time than me and I was clearly leading.

by Anonymousreply 3101/15/2011

OMG, I wish they had the entire movie. Is that Art Carney??%0D %0D Was that loud music in the movie or did whoever posted the clip add it? I could hardly hear what the actors were saying.%0D %0D If only young people had still were willing to fight for others and for what's right. Now most won't even fight for themselves. %0D

by Anonymousreply 3201/15/2011

3 Women is a great movie and I wouldn't say it is boring by any means. Apparently, Altman had a vivid dream, wrote it down the next morning and turned it into a script without trying to make sense of everything. The performances in it, particularly by Spacek and Duvall, are amazing. Badlands is an overlooked masterpiece.

by Anonymousreply 3301/15/2011

I love 3 Women. Where was it shot?

by Anonymousreply 3401/15/2011

It was shot in Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs, CA. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3501/15/2011

Missing coming up next on TCM.

by Anonymousreply 3601/15/2011

Altman said he dreamed all of 3 Women - the story, the cast, the locations. Love that movie.

by Anonymousreply 3701/15/2011

Is it me or did Spacek give herself a Michael Jackson nose? I think she's lovely but that nose is off.

by Anonymousreply 3801/15/2011

Both she and her husband Jack are great people, incredibly down-to-earth. Jack was the production designer for "There Will Be Blood."

by Anonymousreply 3901/15/2011

Isn't she divorced from Jack Fisk? Little known fact: she and her husband were crew on Eraserhead.

by Anonymousreply 4001/15/2011

Love her but she has shown up in some shit over the years. She wisely stayed away from the "Carrie" sequel in the 90s but then played a supporting part in "The Ring 2." What?? And she probably did "Trading Mom" for her kids but it's pretty awful, a low-budget non-charming fantasy. But her success rate is impressive.

About her nose - if you can find her old high school yearbook picture you can see her original, bulbous nose. She must have been one of the last actresses to get an Old Hollywood nosejob. She has that same carved-down "pixie" nose that Ann Miller, Nanette Fabray, Gale Storm, and many other actresses from that era had. Actually, Michelle Pfeiffer has the same nose but it works better on her.

by Anonymousreply 4101/15/2011

Sissy Spacek's old schnoz!

by Anonymousreply 4201/15/2011

Thanks, r42! That's the exact picture I was looking for but couldn't find. I figured SS had them scrubbed from google somehow.

by Anonymousreply 4301/16/2011

Isn't she related to Rip Torn? Though I'm not certain of the exact nature of the relationship.

by Anonymousreply 4401/16/2011

That cannot be Sissy in that link.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 4501/16/2011

That homecoming mum at r42 is pure-d Texas!

by Anonymousreply 4601/16/2011

Rip Torn is her first cousin, I believe.

R40, I hadn't heard they'd divorced, so can't verify. Haven't seen either one of them in the past year, but the last time I did, they seemed very happy.

David Lynch and Jack Fisk have been best friends since they were kids. I believe that Lynch was married to Jack's sister. I was told by our local "yuppie trashman" that when they split up, she threw a ton of Lynch's stuff in the trash. (This is an area of country estates, not the city, and so you have to hire a private contractor to haul trash away.) The trash guy, who was a real film fiend and Lynch fan, said that the cans were overflowing with tapes, memorabilia, etc, which he naturally kept.

by Anonymousreply 4701/16/2011

I saw TV film with her and David Strathairn (can't recall the title) where he's a Vietnam Vet in jail for killing a cop and she's his old high school GF who's now married.%0D %0D It's sounds treacly, and there's some unbelieveable stuff near the end, but those two actors are wonderful together.

by Anonymousreply 4801/16/2011

Both Spacek and Walken tried to rescue "Blast From the Past." While promoting the film she said Walken was an old friend of hers and she took the role because she wanted to work with him.%0D %0D I love the scene in CMD when the old clothes washer on the porch stops and, while picking at her guitar , she gets up, kicks it, and it starts again.

by Anonymousreply 4901/16/2011

Sissy Spacek is a great actress. Totally earned that 1980 Oscar for [italic]Coal Miner's Daughter[/italic]. Wanted her to win for 2001's [italic]In the Bedroom[/italic]. %0D %0D %0D Spacek has had six Oscar nominations over a 25-year period (all in best actress): 1976's [italic]Carrie[/italic]; 1980; 1982's [italic]Missing[/italic]; 1984's [italic]The River[/italic]; 1986's [italic]Crimes of the Heart[/italic]; 2001.%0D %0D I also loved her pure performances in 1973's [italic]Badlands[/italic] and 1977's [italic]3 Women[/italic] -- two others that had the potential for nominations.%0D %0D A good voice too: In her singing as Loretta Lynn; in her speaking voice (check her out in the 2007 Hallmark Hall of Fame [italic]Pictures of Hollis Woods[/italic]).%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 5001/16/2011

When is Barefoot Stories coming out? I have been waiting for six months!

by Anonymousreply 5106/03/2012

Sissy and her husband are still married

by Anonymousreply 5206/03/2012

Went to her NY book signing. The book is now called "My Extraordinary Ordinary Life". She is still married and her daughter Schuyler Fisk was there. She seemed genuinely surprised so many people showed up.

by Anonymousreply 5306/03/2012

Cool picture:

by Anonymousreply 5406/03/2012

Should have played the daughter in The Glass Menagerie in her youth.

by Anonymousreply 5506/03/2012

"That cannot be Sissy in that link."

That's her, alright. Her nosejob made her completely unrecognizable, but not in a good way. It was a terrible nosejob.

She's a very good actress, has had a long and successful marriage and career and has never gotten any bad publicity that I know of. She seems very well-adjusted and down to earth. She's one of the few actresses I know like that. She's very un-Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 5606/03/2012

[quote]Should have played the daughter in The Glass Menagerie in her youth.

Oh, yes. Wouldn't Sissy have been a marvelous Laura Wingfield?

by Anonymousreply 5706/03/2012

R1, I worked for her manager for awhile in the 90s. Spacek caused many problems for film productions by deciding last minute she wasn't interested after all - even after costume fittings, etc. After you pull that crap a few times, people stop calling.

by Anonymousreply 5806/03/2012

[quote]That's her, alright. Her nosejob made her completely unrecognizable, but not in a good way. It was a terrible nosejob.

You're an idiot, she was and is absolutely lovely.

by Anonymousreply 5906/03/2012

SHe is so damn Fugly!

by Anonymousreply 6006/03/2012

[quote]You're an idiot, she was and is absolutely lovely.

No dear, you're the idiot. You would have to be blind not to think that her nose job wasn't terrible.

by Anonymousreply 6106/03/2012

Sissy would be an excellent Amanda Wingfield.

by Anonymousreply 6206/03/2012

How was her book? Anyone read it?

by Anonymousreply 6306/03/2012

I love her presence.

by Anonymousreply 6412/14/2012

Emmylou Harris has the same nose job. Does anyone have a photo of her original nose?

by Anonymousreply 6512/14/2012

Scandalous Sissy!

by Anonymousreply 6612/14/2012

She is grace

by Anonymousreply 6712/14/2012

My dad used to call her "Sissy Spaceship", LOL.

Here's one of Sissy's first singing attempts:

by Anonymousreply 6812/14/2012

She was great in Carrie, Badlands, and 3 Women!

by Anonymousreply 6912/14/2012

'In The Bedroom' too! Nice slap!

by Anonymousreply 7012/14/2012

She was also superb in 'The Straight Story', 'Nine Lives', 'The Grass Harp', 'Crimes of The Heart','Missing', 'The Long Walk Home', 'Affliction','A Home at The End of the World'

Her presence gave beauty and potential to the movies she played in.

I still like seeing her in movies. She is excellent, really!

by Anonymousreply 7112/14/2012

I always thought she was limited by her southern accent, like Holly Hunter. Did she ever attempt anything that wasn't so...folksy?

by Anonymousreply 7212/14/2012

Fantastic actress and great person.

But skip her biography. It is BORING.

Biographies usually have juicy, scandalous details.

But she is such a normal, nice person, the bio is boring.

by Anonymousreply 7312/14/2012

You can understand how beautiful is Sissy just from a photo. You must see her in her movies and in person to see how beautiful she is in and out. She is really distinctive. I love her!

by Anonymousreply 7412/14/2012

*you can't

by Anonymousreply 7512/14/2012

A true actress, a true woman, a devoted wife, a humble person, and i suspect a deep heart and soul.

by Anonymousreply 7612/14/2012

She is so giving in her performances, even when she plays a supporting role, you feel so good watching her. She fills the screen with her energy.

by Anonymousreply 7712/14/2012

Sissy you are a rare diamond!

by Anonymousreply 7812/16/2012


by Anonymousreply 7912/16/2012

Sissy, it's difficult for young actresses to reach your class lady!


by Anonymousreply 8012/16/2012

She wrote a book

by Anonymousreply 8105/18/2013
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