Field of dreams

Sally Field’s star is still shin­ing bright, re­ports Neala John­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

AS SHE clutched her Golden Globe to her chest just a cou­ple of weeks ago, young queen of Hol­ly­wood Anne Hath­away made a point of sin­gling out one of her more ex­pe­ri­enced fel­low nom­i­nees.

The 30- year- old star­let would never have made the tran­si­tion from The Princess Di­aries to Les Mis­er­ables, she de­clared, if it wasn’t for Sally Field.

Field was still a teenager when she played the tit­u­lar surfer girl in TV se­ries Gid­get. And she still couldn’t legally drink when she be­came Sis­ter Ber­trille in The Fly­ing Nun.

It took Field a fur­ther 10 years to fi­nally break into more dra­matic roles; to be­gin to build a re­sume that would in­clude Steel Mag­no­lias and For­rest Gump and to be­come the ac­tor Hath­away so ad­mires.

Ac­cept­ing her own award – for ca­reer achieve­ment – at the Palm Springs Film Fes­ti­val last month, Field said: ‘‘ Yes, it’s true I’ve done love scenes with a pel­i­can . . . but I’ve also done love scenes with Paul New­man’’ – be­fore con­clud­ing that in 50 years of be­ing an ac­tor, ‘‘ it has never once oc­curred to me to change my mind’’.

It is the role of the Civil War- era pres­i­dent’s wife in Steven Spiel­berg’s film Lin­coln, that has brought Field back to the ta­ble at Hol­ly­wood’s awards sea­son.

She al­ready has two Os­cars – Best Ac­tress for the 1979 drama Norma Rae, about a sin­gle mother who started a union move­ment, and for 1984’ s de­pres­sion- era drama Places in the Heart – and has a chance to nab a third later this month.

Lin­coln had been on Field’s radar for some time. When the project come to­gether with Daniel Day- Lewis as Lin­coln, di­rec­tor Spiel­berg could no longer pic­ture Field stand­ing across from his lead­ing man.

But Field would not give up on Mary Todd Lin­coln. ‘‘ I fought for Mary,’’ Field says.

And in a ges­ture Field calls ‘‘ the most gen­er­ous thing an­other ac­tor has ever done for me’’, Day- Lewis flew to the US from Ire­land for a day just to screen- test with Field. It con­vinced Spiel­berg that Field was still the best choice.

‘‘ It was really through the gen­eros­ity [ of] Daniel Day- Lewis that I was there,’’ she says. LIN­COLN Opens Thurs­day State and Vil­lage cinemas

ROLE OF A LIFE­TIME: Sally Field and Daniel Day- Lewis in Lin­coln. MADE HER DAY: Daniel DayLewis flew from Ire­land to

the US for a day to screen- test with Field.

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