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December 25, 2023

Stunning Portraits of a Young Sissy Spacek in the 1970s and 1980s

Mary Elizabeth “Sissy” Spacek (born December 25, 1949) is an Academy Award–winning American actress and singer. Her screen debut was in the 1972 film Prime Cut co-starring Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman.

International prominence would soon follow in the 1970s, as she began starring in a number of critically-acclaimed cult classics for renowned directors such as Terrence Malick, Brian de Palma and Robert Altman. Her most famous performance is as the blood-spattered eponymous heroine of de Palma’s 1976 high-school melodrama/horror film Carrie.

In the 1980s, she became a mainstream Hollywood leading lady, winning the Best Actress Oscar in 1980 for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and garnering three other nominations that decade. Spacek is known mainly as a dramatic actress, but has made occasional (and generally successful) forays into light comedy. The films Spacek has starred in have earned over $700 million worldwide.


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