Protested alongside fellow actresses Jane Fonda, Christine Lahti, and playwright Eve Ensler urging the Mexican government to re-investigate the slaying of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border. (February 2004).
Born to Richard Dryden Field, a US Army Captain, and his wife Margaret Field, a contract player with Paramount Pictures starring in B movies. The couple divorced in 1950.
While filming the scene in Norma Rae (1979) where she is dragged out to the police car, she struggled and kicked so hard that she broke the rib of one of the men playing a police officer.
Is an alumni of the Lee Strasberg Institute as are Harvey Keitel, Frank Miranda, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
Good friends with Goldie Hawn and a longtime friend of Pat Mitchell.
Daughter of actress Margaret Field. Ex-stepdaughter of actor Jock Mahoney.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989
Has three films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: Places in the Heart (1984) at #95, Forrest Gump (1994) at #37, and Norma Rae (1979) at #16.
Her Oscar winning performance as Norma Rae Webster from her film Norma Rae (1979) was ranked #15 on the American Film Institute's Heroes list in their compilation of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians.
As of 2008, she is only one of six actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937); Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and Airport (1970); Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects (1995) and American Beauty (1999); and Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Half-sister of Princess O'Mahoney.
Has an older brother.
Made two different appearances as a contestant on "The Dating Game" (1965).