Sissy Spacek

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Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Spacek (born December 25, 1949 in Quitman, Texas) is an Academy Award winning American actress and singer.


Family History

She was born to Edwin Arnold Spacek and Virginia Spilman. Her paternal grandfather, Arnold A. Spacek, was the son of a Moravian father, Frank J. Spacek, and a German mother, Julie Gloekner (both of whom had immigrated to Texas). Her paternal grandmother, Mary Cervenka, was of Czech descent. Spacek's mother is of English descent.


Spacek started out in the entertainment business thanks to her cousin, Rip Torn, who was already an actor. Through him, she was able to enroll in Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio and then the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. Her first credited role was in the 1972 movie Prime Cut, in which she played a young woman sold into white 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. Their daughter Schuyler Fisk is a movie actress. Spacek is also an ardent crusader for women's rights.

Her breakout role was in Carrie, in 1976, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She eventually won the Oscar in 1980 for Coal Miner's Daughter. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for her singing on that film's soundtrack album.

Academy awards and nominations


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