Date of Birth : Dec 25th 1949
Sissy Spacek is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer.
Spacek started out as a country singer, recording one single (“John, You Went Too Far This Time”, about John Lennon) under the name “Rainbo”. With the help of her cousin, actor Rip Torn, she was able to enroll in Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio and then the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City. Her first credited role was in the 1972 movie Prime Cut, in which she played a young woman sold into sexual slavery. The first role that brought her notice was the 1973 film Badlands, where she met art director Jack Fisk, whom she would later marry.
Her breakout role was in 1976’s Carrie, in which she played the title character, an unpopular and emotionally troubled teenager with telekinetic powers. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the film. She won the Oscar in 1980 for Coal Miner’s Daughter, in which she played country music star Loretta Lynn.
She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for her singing on that film’s soundtrack album. She made a comeback of sorts in 2001 when she starred as Ruth Fowler in In the Bedroom, winning extraordinary praise and garnering the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards for Best Actress. She also put out a much sought after country album in the 80’s. It has never been put on cd.
Spacek married production designer Jack Fisk in 1974. They have two daughters; Schuyler Elizabeth and Madison Fisk. Schuyler Fisk has appeared in several starring film roles. Spacek and her family live on a horse ranch near the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. She is also an ardent crusader for women’s rights.