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.


Highest Rated Movies



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
13% 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
50% 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
88% Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn 1980
No Score Yet Heart Beat Carolyn Cassady 1980
No Score Yet Verna: USO Girl Actor 1978
96% 3 Women Pinky Rose 1977
93% 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
70% Prime Cut Poppy 1972


87% Castle Rock
Ruth Deaver
  • 2018
62% Bloodline
Sally Rayburn
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
79% Big Love
Marilyn Densham
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Waltons
  • 1973
  • 1972