A Sissy Spacek primer
The unfazed blue-eyed focus that Sissy Spacek, 41, brings to a movie can make her level-headed in one role and around the bend in the next: She’s a rare combination of grit and spaciness. A three-film burst in ‘86 was the last we heard of her for four years — family life with her husband (director Jack Fisk) and two daughters took precedence. The Long Walk Home hints at a new chapter in her career. These, in our opinion, are Spacek’s most memorable moments.
Spacek is chillingly banal as a killer’s girlfriend.
She’s the touching core of Brian De Palma’s fun-show.
Three Women (1977)
A stunning turn opposite Shelley Duvall in Robert Altman’s underrated film.
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Spacek won an Oscar as country singer Loretta Lynn.
Raggedy Man (1981)
A full-bodied performance in a suspenseful period piece directed by Fisk.
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Spacek steals the show as Babe, the youngest and most out-to-lunch character in playwright Beth Henley’s story of three sisters.