Sissy Spacek

Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Spacek (born December 25, 1949 in Quitman, Texas) is an 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 (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name). She is one of the very few actresses ever nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in a 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 world wide.


Špacek was born in Quitman, Texas, the daughter of Virginia Frances (née Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent.[2] Her paternal grandparents, Mary Cervenka and Arnold A. Špacek (who served as Mayor of Granger, Texas in Williamson County), were of Moravian/Czech/Bohemian descent.[3] Spacek's mother was from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Spacek was given the nickname Sissy by her older brothers. She was greatly affected by the death of her eighteen-year old brother, Robbie, in 1967. Spacek decided life was too short to waste in college and moved to New York City hoping to become a singer. Here she lived with her cousin, the actor Rip Torn, and his wife, the actress Geraldine Page.

Sissy Spacek

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