Diminutive Sally Margaret Field was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena California to an actress mother and a salesman. She grew up with a step-father who was a stuntman. Hollywood influences took Sally to Hollywood where in 1965 she was Frances Elizabeth Gidget Lawrence in the Gidget series. In 1967 Sally appeared in the Flying Nun which was a hit for three seasons. She appeared in her first film in 1967, The Way West.
Sally continued to appear in TV movies, Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring in 1971, Marriage: Year One in 1971 the The Girl with Something Extra in 1973. She was Burt Reynolds's girlfriend in Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. She appeared in Norma Rae in 1979 and received an Oscar for her performance.
Sally has also starred in Absence of Malice in 1981, Kiss Me Goodbye in 1982 and Places in the Heart in 1984 which gave her a second Oscar. She was in Steel Magnolias in 1989 and in 1993 she was in the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. Sally was in Forrest Gump in 1994 that won six Academy awards.
Sally has appeared in TV movies that include From the Earth to the Moon in 1998 and David Copperfield in 2000. She was in Where the Heart Is in 2000 with Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd. In 2003 Sally starred in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blond. In 2006 Sally was in Brothers & Sisters which earned her an Emmy Award. In 2012 Sally starred in the blockbuster Lincoln. She received an Oscar nomination.
Sally is an advocate for gay rights issues. In 2012 she was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality. She is also the spokesperson for Boniva and osteoporosis drug. Sally also appears in commercials for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Sally was married to Steven Craig in 1968 until their divorce in 1975. They had two children. She married Alan Greisman in 1984 and they divorced in 1993. They had one child.