I’ll get her flowers! The Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Sally Field at the 2023 awards presentation.
For me, acting has always been about seizing those rare occasions when I feel complete, thoroughly, and occasionally dangerously alive. During the ceremony on February 26 at the Fairmount Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Field, 76, said as he accepted the honor.
The Californian actress said, “Easy is overrated,” in an interview on her struggles to be taken seriously as an actor after being stereotyped for her sitcom parts in the 1960s and 1970s. Andrew Garfield, who plays her Amazing Spider-Man co-star, gave her the medal and thanked her for leading a life devoted to art, love, and service.
The native of California joins the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Betty White, Morgan Freeman, Julie Andrews, and last year’s honoree, Helen Mirren, as the 58th person to receive the award.
The accolade is only given to those who have demonstrated exceptional success in supporting the highest principles of the acting profession, according to the organization’s website.
The field has received eight previous SAG nominations, including the Best Actress in a Drama Series award she took home in 2008 for her performance in Brothers & Sisters.
The In Pieces author began her career in the 1960s on comic sitcoms, playing the lead parts in Gidget (1965–1966) and The Flying Nun (1967 to 1970). She later received praise from critics for her work in both film and television, winning two Oscars and two Emmys in the process.
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Last month, after Field was selected as the winner of this year’s award, SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher shouted Field’s praises.
The Nanny alum praised Sally in a statement, calling her a “great actor” with a wide range and an uncanny capacity to take on any role. I enjoyed following her early career as Gidget and the Flying Nun and later in ever-more-demanding roles as Sybil and Norma Rae.
She has a long-lasting career because she is genuine in her acting and consistently exudes likeability and humanity; people are drawn to her. Because of this, she has been able to maintain her enormous fan base and extremely extensive and complex career. Sally is a huge celebrity with the working actor’s philosophy of “just keep working at it and being the best you can.”
Field, who has starred in a number of notable movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, and countless others, most recently appeared in the sports comedy 80 for Brady with Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Rita Moreno.
In an earlier this month interview with The Philly Inquiry, the Places in the Heart actor discussed what appealed to her about the movie.
I’m a major sports enthusiast, and this tale concerning elderly ladies and sports interested me. She told the publication that it wasn’t simply senior citizens looking for a date, a better husband, or concern for their offspring. We get forgotten, yet older women make up a sizable portion of the sports viewership.
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They were adorable and a lot of joy to be around, Field said of working with sportsmen like Tom Brady himself, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, and Rob Gronkowski in the movie. In actuality, we laughed our way through the entire ordeal.