Mary Elizabeth Spacek is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for four British Academy Film Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award.
Sissy Spacek is an American actress and singer who has been active in the film industry since the 1970s. She is best known for her roles in Carrie (1976), Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986), JFK (1991), In the Bedroom (2001), and The Help (2011). She has received six Academy Award nominations, winning one for Coal Miner’s Daughter, and four Golden Globe Awards, winning three. She is also a Grammy Award nominee for her album of the same name, which features songs from the film. Spacek is regarded as one of the most versatile and respected actresses of her generation, with a distinctive voice and a naturalistic style. She has also been praised for her ability to transform herself physically and emotionally for her roles, often undergoing dramatic changes in appearance and accent. Spacek was born in Quitman, Texas, and began her career as a singer in New York City, using the name Rainbo. She later switched to acting and made her film debut in Prime Cut (1972). She gained attention for her performance as Holly Sargis in Badlands (1973), which was inspired by the real-life murder spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate. She then starred as Carrie White in Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Carrie, which earned her her first Oscar nomination and established her as a leading actress in Hollywood. Spacek has continued to work steadily in film and television, appearing in a variety of genres and roles. She has also ventured into directing, producing, and writing, as well as supporting various social and environmental causes. She is married to production designer Jack Fisk, with whom she has two daughters, Schuyler and Madison.