Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek

Highest Rated: 98% Badlands (1973)

Lowest Rated: 8% Gray Matters (2006)

Birthday: Dec 25, 1949

Birthplace: Quitman, Texas, USA

Multiple Oscar nominee Sissy Spacek was one of Hollywood's leading actresses during the 1970s and 1980s, initially gaining attention for the startling character transformations of her wide-eyed innocents in "Badlands" (1973) and the blood-drenched "Carrie" (1977). The Texas-bred actress had a penchant for embodying strong, independent women and what she called "ordinary people in extraordinary situations" - both apt descriptions for her portrayals of real-life figures like hardscrabble country music star Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980) and Beth Horman, a woman who took on international forces following the disappearance of her journalist husband in "Missing" (1982). Later in her career, Spacek developed into an earthy, mothering persona who often found her calling in TV movies that explored political or social issues, though she made several notable big screen turns in JFK" (1991), "The Straight Story" (1996), "North Country" (2005) and "In The Bedroom" (2001) - the latter of which earned her among the highest accolades of her career. She also appeared in "An American Haunting" (2006) and "Gray Matters," and on television in "Picture of Hollis Woods" (CBS, 2007) and an Emmy-nominated guest turn on "Big Love" (HBO, 2006-2011). Spacek remained an accomplished actress who delivered high quality performances time and again in a wide array of projects.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
93% 62% The Old Man & the Gun Jewel (Character) $11.1M 2018
34% 37% Deadfall June Mills (Character) $64.4K 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazon Gold Narrator - 2012
76% 89% The Help Missus Walters (Character) $169.7M 2011
85% 75% Get Low Mattie Darrow (Character) $9.2M 2009
25% 47% Four Christmases Paula (Character) $120.1M 2008
12% 34% Lake City Maggie (Character) - 2008
39% 64% Hot Rod Marie Powell (Character) $13.9M 2007
No Score Yet 77% Pictures of Hollis Woods Josie Cahill (Character) - 2007
8% 45% Gray Matters Sydney (Character) $59.6K 2006
14% 36% An American Haunting Lucy Bell (Character) $16.3M 2005
75% 67% Nine Lives Ruth (Character) $478.3K 2005
20% 33% The Ring Two Evelyn (Character) $75.9M 2005
69% 76% North Country Alice Aimes (Character) $18.3M 2005
50% 67% A Home at the End of the World Glover (Character) $1M 2004
No Score Yet 59% Last Call Zelda Fitzgerald (Character) - 2002
60% 70% Tuck Everlasting Mae Tuck (Character) $19.2M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Midwives Sibyl Danforth (Character) - 2001
93% 81% In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler (Character) $35.9M 2001
No Score Yet 0% Songs in Ordinary Time Marie Fermoyle (Character) - 2000
58% 56% Blast From the Past Helen Thomas Webber (Character) $26.5M 1999
95% 91% The Straight Story Rose 'Rosie' Straight (Character) $6.2M 1999
88% 71% Affliction Marge Fogg (Character) $6.3M 1997
88% 74% If These Walls Could Talk Barbara Barrows (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Call Pam O'Brien (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 64% The Good Old Boys Spring Renfro (Character) - 1995
50% 56% The Grass Harp Verena Talbo (Character) $511.6K 1995
No Score Yet 68% A Place for Annie Susan Lansing (Character) - 1994
38% 56% The Mommy Market Mommy/Mama/Mom/Natasha (Character) $243.8K 1994
No Score Yet 44% A Private Matter Sherri Finkbine (Character) - 1992
84% 88% JFK Liz Garrison (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 58% Hard Promises Christine Ann Coalter (Character) $277.7K 1991
87% 84% The Long Walk Home Miriam Thompson (Character) $1.8M 1990
No Score Yet 86% 'Night, Mother Jessie Cates (Character) $384K 1986
81% 65% Crimes of the Heart Rebeca 'Babe'/'Becky' Magrath Botrelle (Character) $19.3M 1986
57% 26% Violets Are Blue Augusta `'Gussie'` Sawyer (Character) $4.4M 1986
No Score Yet 29% Marie: A True Story Marie Ragghianti (Character) $1.9M 1985
24% 49% The River Mae Garvey (Character) - 1984
94% 85% Missing Beth Horman (Character) - 1982
83% 57% Raggedy Man Nita Longley (Character) - 1981
86% 86% Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn (Character) - 1980
20% 38% Heart Beat Carolyn Cassady (Character) - 1980
94% 86% 3 Women Pinky Rose (Character) - 1977
93% 77% Carrie Carrie White (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 60% Katherine Katherine Alman (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 44% Ginger in the Morning Ginger (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Migrants Wanda Trimpin (Character) - 1974
98% 90% Badlands Holly Sargis (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girls of Huntington House Sara (Character) - 1973
69% 72% Prime Cut Poppy (Character) - 1972

TV

Credit
78% 67% Homecoming Ellen Bergman (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Popcorn Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2018
88% 80% Castle Rock Ruth Deaver (Character) 2018
62% 76% Bloodline Sally Rayburn (Character) 2015-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 2011
80% 76% Big Love Marilyn Densham (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People Narrator 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1973

QUOTES FROM Sissy Spacek CHARACTERS

Patsy Cline says: People are wantin' to know who you've been sleepin' with to get on the Opry so quick.

Loretta Lynn says: Well, I never... who would say such a thing?

Patsy Cline says: All those girl singers who've been sleepin' with everybody and *still* get on the Opry.

Missus Walters says: I may have trouble rememberin' my own name or what country I live in, but there are two things that I can't seem to forget: that my own daughter threw me into a nursin' home, and that she ate Minnie's shit.

Ruth Fowler says: He needs in school, not in her.

Matt Fowler says: So to speak.

Loretta Lynn says: (trying out a new song) It goes like this 'It'll over my dead body, so get out while you can't, then it drops down to 'cause you ain't woman to take my man!'

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: Where'd you come up with the idea for that song, Loretta.

Babe Magrath says: You know, Chick's hated us ever since we had to move here from Dixieville to live here with old grandmamma and old granddaddy.

Meg Magrath says: Well, she's an idiot.

Babe Magrath says: Yeah. You know what she said to me this mornin' when I was still behind bars and couldn't get away?

Meg Magrath says: What?

Babe Magrath says: She told me how embarrassin' it was for her all those years ago. You know, when mama...

Meg Magrath says: Yeah, down in the cellar.

Babe Magrath says: She said that our mama had shamed the entire family and that we were known notoriously all through Hazelhurst. Then she went on to say how I would now be gettin' just as much bad publicity and humillatin' her and the family all over again.

Chick Boyle says: So, Rebecca, what are you gonna tell Mr. Lloyd about shootin' Zachery, uh, what are your reasons gonna be?

Babe Magrath says: That I didn't like his looks. That I didn't like his stinkin' looks! I don't like yours either, Chickie stick. So leave me alone and I mean it. Just leave me alone.

Chick Boyle says: Uh! Well! I was tryin' to warm her that she is gonna have to help herself. She just doesn't seem to have any idea how serious this situation is, now does she? She doesn't have the vaguest idea.

Lenny Magrath says: Well, it's true. She does seen... confused.

Chick Boyle says: That is puttin' it mildly, Lennie honey. That is puttin' it mighty mild.

Patsy Cline says: People are wantin' to know who you've been sleepin' with to get on the Opry so quick.

Loretta Lynn says: Well, I never... who would say such a thing?

Patsy Cline says: All those girl singer who've been sleepin' with everybody and *still* ain't got on the Opry.

Ted Webb says: I ain't never gonna see you again.

Loretta Lynn says: Yes you will, daddy.

Ted Webb says: Maybe, but I ain't never see my little girl again.

Loretta Lynn says: I just can't believe I'm sittin' here talkin' to Patsy Cline.

Patsy Cline says: You act like you ain't never seen a glamorous country singer before.

Radio Station Manager says: And come off that dumb hillbilly act!

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: If you knew Loretta, you'd know that ain't no act.

Loretta Lynn says: Thank you, honey.

Loretta Lynn says: Thank you, baby.

Loretta Lynn says: I've done wrote me a song, Betty Sue. Your mama did some songwriter now.

Loretta Lynn says: And stop that growlin'. You sound like a big ol' bar.

Babe Magrath says: I don't know what's happenin' to Lennie.

Meg Magrath says: What do you mean?

Babe Magrath says: Well, she's turned into old grandmama

Meg Magrath says: You think so?

Babe Magrath says: Well, more and more. Look there. She's even taken to wearin' old grandmama's torn sun hat and her lime green garden gloves. Lennie works out in the garden wearin' the lime green gloves of a dead woman.

Meg Magrath says: So how are these things with you, Babe?

Chick Boyle says: Well, things are dismal if you want my opinion. She's refusin' to cooperate with her lawyer, that's nice lookin' young Lioyd Boy, and she won't tell any of us why she's committed this crime.

Babe Magrath says: Oh look! Lennie brought my saxophone from home and my suitcase. Thank you.

Lenny Magrath says: You're welcome.

Babe Magrath says: Meg, look at my saxophone. Went to Jackson and it brought it used. It's so heavy.

Chick Boyle says: Now listen, Rebecca, that lawyer wants to concrete answers. No more stubborness or they're gonna put you in jail and throw away the key. Isn't that right, daddy? Won't they just put her in jail and throw away the key?

Meg Magrath says: Why'd you do it, Babe ? Why'd you put your head in the oven?

Babe Magrath says: Because I don't know... I'm havin' a bad day.

Loretta Lynn says: (waving fists in a full length gown, coming off stage) All I could hear was some dad-burn drums, a-beatin' in my ears!

Loretta Lynn says: All I could hear was some dad-burn drums, a-beatin' in my ears!

Loretta Lynn says: (after her father weighs her) A-hundred-n-seventeen? This baby's gonna be a big 'un daddy.

Loretta Lynn says: A-hundred-n-seventeen? This baby's gonna be a big 'un daddy.

Loretta Lynn says: (catches Doo with another woman) Woman, if you wanna keep that arm, you better get it off my husband.

Loretta Lynn says: Woman, if you wanna keep that arm, you better get it off my husband.

Girl at Fairgrounds says: Who are you tellin' what?

Loretta Lynn says: I don't know who you are, but I know what you are.

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: Mr. Webb, me and Loretta are fixin' to get married tomorrow, it's alright with you.

Ted Webb says: Go ask Clary.

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: (walks through the house to the kitchen)

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: Miss Webb, me and Loretta are thinkin' about gettin' married tomorrow.

Clara Webb says: Go ask Ted.

Loretta Lynn says: Doolittle, what are you doin'?

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: (walks back onto the porch, then back into the house)

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: Ted says go asks Clary; Clary says go ask Ted; I don't know.

Loretta Lynn says: Wait 'till they go to bed; then you can catch them together. 'Less they'll keep you runnin' back and forth all night long.

Loretta Lynn says: I'm warnin' you, Doolittle, I'd better never catch you with trash like that again!

Loretta Lynn says: A sow, that's a woman pig!

Loretta Lynn says: Hey, Doolittle Lynn, who's that sow you got wallowin' in your jeep?

Alice Glover says: Sometimes it's good just to do a simple useful thing.

Loretta Lynn says: (after hearing of Patsy Cline's death) She can't be dead, Doo and we're goin' shoppin'? Who am I gonna talk to now?

Hilly Holbrook says: What are you tryin' to do to me? What are you and that nigra up to?.

Hilly Holbrook says: What are you tryin' to do to me? What are you and that nigra up to?

Celia Foote says: I don't know what you're talkin' about.

Hilly Holbrook says: You liar! Who did you tell?.

Celia Foote says: (shouts) Hilly, I got pregnant after you and Johnny broke up!.

Celia Foote says: Hilly, I got pregnant after you and Johnny broke up!

Missus Walters says: Oh, shit!.

Missus Walters says: Oh, shit!

Hilly Holbrook says: What are you trying to do to me? What are you and that nigra up to?

Celia Foote says: I don't know what you're talking about.

Hilly Holbrook says: You liar! Who did you tell?

Celia Foote says: [shouts] Hilly, I got pregnant after you and Johnny broke up!

Missus Walters says: Oh, shit!

Missus Walters says: You should read the book, Hilly. It's quite scandalous. Sounds like...Jackson, if you ask me. Quite scandalous.

Hilly Holbrook says: What book?

Missus Walters says: The Help. H--E--L--P.

Elizabeth Leefolt says: Hilly, I wish you'd just go use the bathroom.

Hilly Holbrook says: I'm fine.

Mrs. Walters says: Oh, she's just upset because the nigra uses the guest bath and so do we.

Mrs. Walters says: I may not know my name or forget what country I'm in most of the time but there are two things I can't seem to forget. That my own daughter put me in a nursing home and that she ate Minny's shit.

Carrie White says: why am i here

Carrie White says: Why am I here with you?

Carrie White says: Everyone isn't bad, Mama! Everything isn't a sin!

Margaret White says: Red. I might have known it would be red.

Carrie White says: It's pink, Mama.

Carrie White says: Look what Tommy gave me, Mama. Aren't they beautiful?

Margaret White says: I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will.

Carrie White says: Breasts, Mama. They're called breasts, and every woman has them.

Loretta Lynn says: (waving fists in a full length gown, coming off stage) All I could hear was them dad-burn drums, a-beatin' in my ears!!

Loretta Lynn says: [waving fists in a full length gown, coming off stage] All I could hear was them dad-burn drums, a-beatin' in my ears!

Loretta Lynn says: You boys quit fightin' and listen to me sing.

Loretta Lynn says: [performing for her children, but her sons are wrestling] You boys quit fightin' and listen to me sing!

Margaret White says: Give me your sweatshirt

Margaret White says: Give me your sweatshirt.

Carrie White says: No mama

Carrie White says: No mama.

Margaret White says: We'll burn it together and pray for forgiveness

Margaret White says: We'll burn it together and pray for forgiveness.

Carrie White says: THEY'RE ALL GOING TO LAUGH AT YOU

Carrie White says: They' re all gonna laugh at you.

Missus Walters says: "I might not remember my own name but I do know two things; my daughter put me in a home for laughing and she ate Minny's shit!"

Missus Walters says: I may have trouble rememberin' my own name, or what country I live in. But there's two things I can't seem to forget. That my own daughter threw me into a nursin' home and that she ate Minny's shit. Good night.

Loretta Lynn says: If you boys don't settle down on this porch or I'll have to whup you.

Loretta Lynn says: If you boys don't settle down on this porch I'm gonna have to whup you!

Loretta and Mooney's Child says: That's right?.

Loretta and Mooney's Child says: That's right?

Carrie White says: I didn't sin, Mama.

Margaret White says: First sin was intercourse, first sin was intercourse, first sin was intercourse.

Carrie White says: And the first sin was intercourse. Mama I was so scared, I thought I was dying. And the girls all laughed at me.

Margaret White says: Witch! Got Satan's power.

Carrie White says: It got nothing Satan mama. It's me, Me! If I concentrate hard enough, I can move things.

Margaret White says: Ain't this clever?

Carrie White says: Mama, I'm not the only one. Other people can do it, I read about it!

Margaret White says: I have one child, do you know he doesn't let you know He's working through you?

Carrie White says: Mama, I know.

Margaret White says: He ended your father and carried him off.

Carrie White says: He ran away Mama. He ran away with a woman, Mama. Everybody knows that.

Carrie White says: I've accepted it, Mama! I've accepted, I've accepted it !

Carrie White says: I've accepted it, Mama! I've accepted, I've accepted it!

Margaret White says: Come to your closet!

Carrie White says: No!

Margaret White says: After all you've been taught?

Carrie White says: Everyone ain't bad, mama! Everything isn't a sin!

Margaret White says: Come to your closet and pray asked to be forgiven.

Missus Walters says: I paid good money for this pie

Missus Walters says: I spent good money on this pie.

Loretta Lynn says: Doolittle, are you leavin'.

Loretta Lynn says: Doolittle; are you leavin'?

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: Naw, Loretta, *I* ain't leavin'.

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn says: [come back in the house] Naw, Loretta; *I* ain't leavin'.

Loretta Lynn says: I may be ignorant and I ain't stupid!.

Loretta Lynn says: I may be ignorant, but I ain't stupid!

Missus Walters says: You should read that book, Hilly.

Mr. Fromm says: Any criticisms? Anybody?

Carrie White says: It's beautiful.

Mr. Fromm says: Carrie White! Beautiful...Beautiful. BEAUTIFUL! Oh, beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain. Is that the kind of beautiful you mean? Is it, Carrie? I'm afraid, Carrie, this is hardly a criticism.

Mr. Fromm says: Carrie White! Beautiful. Beautiful. BEAUTIFUL! Oh, beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain. Is that the kind of beautiful you mean? Is it, Carrie? I'm afraid, Carrie, this is hardly a criticism.

Tommy Ross says: (under his breath) - You suck.

Tommy Ross says: (under his breath) You suck.

Mr. Fromm says: Tommy? Did you say something, Tommy?

Tommy Ross says: Who me?

Mr. Fromm says: Yes.

Tommy Ross says: I said, "Aw shucks."

Tommy Ross says: I said, 'Aw shucks.'

Carrie White says: It was bad, Mama. They laughed at me.

Margaret White says: Witch...Got Satan's Power.

Margaret White says: Witch. Got Satan's Power.

Carrie White says: It has nothing to do with Satan, Mama. It's me. Me. If I concentrate hard enough, I can move things.

Margaret White says: Carrie, you haven't touched your apple cake.

Carrie White says: It gives me pimples, Mama.

Margaret White says: Pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you.

Carrie White says: Why am I here?

Tommy Ross says: Because it's the prom.

Carrie White says: Why am I here with you?

Tommy Ross says: Because I asked you.

Carrie White says: Why'd you ask me?

Tommy Ross says: Because I wanted to.

Carrie White says: Why'd you want to?

Tommy Ross says: Because you liked my poem. Only I didn't write it. Somebody else did.

Carrie White says: Oh.

Miss Collins says: Carrie? Carrie. Carrie, what's the matter? What happened?

Carrie White says: Nothing.

Miss Collins says: Was it one of the girls? Did one of the girls do something to you?

Carrie White says: No.

Miss Collins says: What is it, then? You can trust me, you know that? Would you tell me?

Carrie White says: I got invited to the prom.

Miss Collins says: That's great! That's fantastic! So what are you down here moping around for?

Carrie White says: Tommy Ross asked me.

Miss Collins says: That's even better. He's really cute, huh?

Carrie White says: I know who he goes around with. They're just trying to trick me again. I know.

Margaret White says: I should've killed myself when he put it in me. After the first time, before we were married, Ralph promised never again. He promised, and I believed him. But sin never dies. Sin never dies. At first, it was all right. We lived sinlessly. We slept in the same bed, but we never did it. And then, that night, I saw him looking down at me that way. We got down on our knees to pray for strength. I smelled the whiskey on his breath. Then he took me. He took me, with the stink of filthy roadhouse whiskey on his breath, and I liked it. I liked it! With all that dirty touching of his hands all over me. I should've given you to God when you were born, but I was weak and backsliding, and now the devil has come home. We'll pray.

Carrie White says: Yes.

Margaret White says: We'll pray. We'll pray. We'll pray for the last time. We'll pray.

Margaret White says: (reading to Carrie from her bible) - And Eve was weak, say it!

Margaret White says: (reading to Carrie from her bible) And Eve was weak, say it!

Carrie White says: No!

Margaret White says: Eve was weak!

Margaret White says: Eve was weak, say it woman!

Margaret White says: Say it!

Carrie White says: Eve was weak, Eve was weak.

Margaret White says: And the Lord visited Eve with the curse, and the curse was the curse of blood!

Carrie White says: You should have told me, Mama! You should have told me!

Margaret White says: (kneels down and grabs Carrie's hand) - Oh, Lord! Help this sinning woman see the sin of her days and ways. Show her that if she had remained sinless, this curse of blood would never have come on her!

Margaret White says: (kneels down and grabs Carrie's hand) Oh, Lord! Help this sinning woman see the sin of her days and ways. Show her that if she had remained sinless, this curse of blood would never have come on her!

Margaret White says: Go to your closet.

Carrie White says: No!

Margaret White says: After all you've been taught, Carrie?

Carrie White says: Everyone isn't bad, Mama! Everything isn't a sin!

Margaret White says: Go to your closet and pray, ask to be forgiven.

Margaret White says: (referring to Carrie's prom gown) - Red. I might have known it would be red.

Margaret White says: (referring to Carrie's prom gown) Red. I might have known it would be red.

Carrie White says: It's pink, Mama. (Shows a corsage) - Look what Tommy gave me, Mama. Aren't they beautiful?

Carrie White says: It's pink, Mama. (Shows a corsage) Look what Tommy gave me, Mama. Aren't they beautiful?

Margaret White says: I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will.

Carrie White says: Breasts, Mama. They're called breasts, and every woman has them.

Carrie White says: "You can choke on it for all I care, just get it out of your mouth."

Carrie White says: You can choke on it for all I care, just get it out of your mouth.

Margaret White says: They're all going to laugh at you.

Carrie White says: "They're all going to laugh at you."

Carrie White says: They're all going to laugh at you.

Carrie White says: "You can choke on it for all I care, just get it out of your mouth!"

Miss Collins says: "You can choke on it for all I care, just get it out of your mouth!"

Miss Collins says: You can choke on it for all I care, just get it out of your mouth!

Carrie White says: "They're all going to laugh at you!"

Carrie White says: They're all going to laugh at you!