Sissy Spacek

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

International celebrity she gained in the 1970s with films such as Badlands - Sever dreams and Carrie - Satan ' youngest daughter. For her role as country star Loretta Lynn in the movie Coal Miner's Daughter was awarded the 1981 Academy Award for Best Actress. Overall, she was nominated six times for the price.

The films with Spacek have now recorded a total of about 895.7 million U.S. dollars worldwide.

Life and career

Sissy Spacek was born in December 1949 as the only daughter and youngest of three children of the couple, Virginia and Edwin Spacek in the U.S. state of Texas. Their paternal grandparents were from the Czech Republic, the mother can trace their ancestors back to the Mayflower. Nicknamed "Sissy" Spacek received by her two older brothers. She grew up in her birthplace and attended Quitman Quitman High School. At age 13, she dreamed of a career as a folk singer, was active as a cheerleader and was elected at the end of their schooling for prom queen. However, the cancer death of her then 19 - year-old brother Robert cast a shadow on their otherwise carefree childhood and youth. Spacek for her loss: "I was aware that you have to live so every moment as if it were your last. This knowledge helps me today to make decisions, but it took a long time before I realized what his death meant for me. "

In order to realize her dream of a career as a singer, she moved to her high school graduation to her cousin, actor Rip Torn and his wife Geraldine Page in New York City. The entry into the music business wanted her at that time but not succeed and so they decided instead to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Her first engagement was in 1972 in the movie The Professionals with Gene Hackman. The following year, she received the lead female role in Badlands - Sever dreams of director Terrence Malick. During the shooting of this film, she met Jack Fisk, whom she married in 1974.

Became world famous Spacek 1976 by ​​Brian De Palma's adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie to that of the then unknown John Travolta page. Her performance in the horror movie brought Spacek in 1977 her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress in. Presented the award, she was finally in 1981 for her performance in the film Coal Miner's Daughter (1980 ), the film adaptation of the life story of country music legend Loretta Lynn. Also brought her a Golden Globe and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country singer 's role. Afterwards, she starred in The Mysterious Stranger, which earned her a nomination for the Golden Globe for best actress.

1974 married Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk 1982, Spacek and Fisk parents of a daughter. Schuyler Fisk is now also active as an actress. In the same year she starred in the drama Missing alongside Jack Lemmon and received their respective third Oscar and Golden Globe nomination. By 2001, she won three more Oscar nominations, for The River (1984 ) with Mel Gibson, for Crimes of the Heart (1986 ) with Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange as well as In the Bedroom ( 2001). Golden Globe she received both Crimes of the Heart as well as for In the Bedroom.

2005 was followed by Rodrigo García's ensemble film Nine Lives with Glenn Close, Jason Isaacs and Holly Hunter as well as the drama North Country with Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand in the lead roles. 2008 Spacek starred in the commercially successful comedy Four Christmases Four Christmases. Alongside Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon

In 2010 she stood for six episodes of the TV series Big Love front of the camera and received an Emmy nomination.

On 1 August 2011 Sissy Spacek was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is the 2443rd star imprint on the famous sidewalk. At its unveiling, the actress appeared in the company of her fellow actors Bill Paxton and director David Lynch, which they, the road movie A True Story 1999 - The Straight Story was filmed.


Discography (selection)



Awards and Nominations (selection)

Academy Award of Merit ( "Oscar" )

Golden Globe Award

Emmy Award

Grammy Award

British Academy Film Award

Independent Spirit Award

  • 2002: Award for Best Actress for In the Bedroom

Screen Actors Guild Award