Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek

Highest Rated: 98% Badlands (1974)

Lowest Rated: 8% Gray Matters (2007)

Birthday: Dec 25, 1949

Birthplace: Quitman, Texas, USA

Strawberry blonde, freckle-faced, and willowy, Sissy Spacek was among the most popular female stars of the late '70s and '80s. The Texas born and bred actress originally aspired to become a singer, and, after heading east to New York, got her start singing at coffee houses in Greenwich Village. Billing herself as "Rainbo," Spacek also cut a single, "Johnny, You Went Too Far This Time." On the side, she earned money by recording backup vocals on television commercials.When the acting bug bit, Spacek enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatrical Institute. While she technically made her film debut as an extra in Andy Warhol's Trash (1971), her official debut is listed as Michael Ritchie's Prime Cut (1972). The actress' first crack at stardom came in 1973, when she played a teenage accomplice to ruthless cross-country killer Martin Sheen in Terrence Malick's disturbing Badlands. The role earned her critical acclaim, as did her portrayal of a sweet teen who becomes a violent radical in the made-for-television movie Katherine (1975).Spacek's true breakthrough came when she played a troubled, shy teenager who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and uses them to get bloody revenge upon her cruel schoolmates and mother in Brian De Palma's chilling adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie (1976). Her work in the film earned her a Best Actress nomination, as well as permanent cult status. She once again experimented with emotional instability in Robert Altman's Three Women the following year, and then got to show off her singing abilities playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter in 1980. Her portrayal of Lynn became one of Spacek's best-known roles, and it earned her an Oscar for Best Actress.In 1981, Spacek starred in Raggedy Man, which was directed by her husband, Jack Fisk. Her career remained in high gear through the mid-'80s with such memorable turns as her Oscar-nominated work in Missing (1982) and The River (1984), but after 1986, when she was again nominated for an Oscar for her work in Crimes of the Heart, Spacek partially withdrew from acting to concentrate on raising kids. Throughout the 1990s, she occasionally returned to the big screen, lending her talents to such features as JFK (1991), The Grass Harp (1996), and Affliction (1998). In 1999, she turned in memorable performances playing Brendan Fraser's mother in Blast From the Past and Richard Farnsworth's speech-impaired daughter in David Lynch's The Straight Story. In 2001 the quietly intense actress shined once again in director Todd Field's critically praised In the Bedroom. Suffering from severe trauma and depression after her son is viciously murdered, Spacek's brooding and sympathetic performance in Bedroom found the actress taking home a Golden Globe for Best Actress and earning an Oscar nod in the same category.She continued to work steadily in projects such as the drama North Country, the comedy Hot Rod, Four Christmases, and Get Low. In 2010 she joined the cast of the HBO series Big Love, and the next year she had a key role in the Oscar-nominated drama The Help, resulting in one of the biggest commercial hits of her illustrious career.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
93% The Old Man & the Gun Jewel 2018
35% Deadfall June Mills $39.2K 2012
No Score Yet Amazon Gold Actor 2012
76% The Help Missus Walters $169.8M 2011
85% Get Low Mattie Darrow $9.2M 2010
24% Four Christmases Paula $120.2M 2008
12% Lake City Maggie 2008
No Score Yet New Video Works Actor 2008
No Score Yet Pictures of Hollis Woods Josie Cahill 2007
39% Hot Rod Marie Powell $14M 2007
8% Gray Matters Dr. Sydney 2007
14% An American Haunting Lucy Bell $16.3M 2006
69% North Country Alice Aimes $18.4M 2005
75% Nine Lives Ruth $0.2M 2005
20% The Ring Two Evelyn $75.9M 2005
50% A Home at the End of the World Alice Glover $0.9M 2004
61% Tuck Everlasting Mae Tuck $19.1M 2002
No Score Yet Last Call Zelda Fitzgerald 2002
93% In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler $35.8M 2001
No Score Yet Songs in Ordinary Time Marie Fermoyle 2000
96% The Straight Story Rose Straight 1999
57% Blast From the Past Helen Webber 1999
88% Affliction Margie Fogg 1997
50% The Grass Harp Verena Talbo 1996
88% If These Walls Could Talk Barbara 1996
No Score Yet Beyond the Call Pam O'Brien 1996
No Score Yet Thomas Jefferson: A View from the Mountain Actor 1996
No Score Yet Streets of Laredo Lorena 1995
No Score Yet The Good Old Boys Spring Renfro 1995
No Score Yet A Place for Annie Susan Lansing 1994
38% Trading Mom Mommy and others 1994
No Score Yet A Private Matter Sherri Finkbine 1992
No Score Yet Hard Promises Chris 1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
84% JFK Liz Garrison 1991
87% The Long Walk Home Miriam Thompson 1990
81% Crimes of the Heart Babe Magrath 1986
No Score Yet 'Night Mother Jessie Cates 1986
57% Violets Are Blue... Augusta 'Gussie' Sawyer 1986
No Score Yet Marie Marie Ragghianti 1985
No Score Yet Marie - A True Story Actor 1985
No Score Yet The River Mae Garvey 1984
57% Terror in the Aisles Actor 1984
No Score Yet AFI Salute to Lillian Gish Actor 1984
76% The Man with Two Brains Ann Uumellmahaye 1983
97% Missing Beth Horman 1982
83% Raggedy Man Nita Longley 1981
89% Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn 1980
No Score Yet Heart Beat Carolyn Cassady 1980
No Score Yet Verna: USO Girl Actor 1978
94% 3 Women Pinky Rose 1977
92% Carrie Carrie White 1976
No Score Yet Welcome to L.A. Linda Murray 1976
No Score Yet Katherine Katherine Alman 1975
No Score Yet Ginger in the Morning Ginger 1974
98% Badlands Holly 1974
No Score Yet The Migrants Wanda Trimpin 1974
No Score Yet The Girls of Huntington House Actor 1973
64% Prime Cut Poppy 1972

TV

Credit
87% Castle Rock
2018-2019
Ruth Deaver 2019
2018
62% Bloodline
2015-2017
Sally Rayburn 2017
2016
2015
79% Big Love
2006-2011
Marilyn Densham 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest 1977
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Sarah 1973
1972

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!