60 Photos of Sally Field Like You've Never Seen

By Sarah Norman | May 27, 2024

Sally Field and Her Family Survived a Plane Crash

Sally Field might be small, but she is mighty. Equal parts cute – as demonstrated from her performances in Gidget and The Flying Nun – and feisty like her Norma Rae character and strong like the characters she played in Steel Magnolias and Places in the Heart. Let's take a look through the life and career of this effervescent icon of the American cinema to see why we like her… we really like her.

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Sally Field once survived a plane crash. Let that sink in: Sally Field once survived a plane crash. The accident in question happened on October 29, 1988, at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado. She was on board a private plane owned by Merv Griffin along with her then-husband, Alan Greisman, their 11-month-old son Sam, and Sally’s mother, Margaret, when the plane lost power and veered into two parked airplanes. No one was hurt in the horrifying incident, but Sally and her family were sprayed with jet fuel which is a nightmare in its own right.

In the Mid-1970s, Sally Field Was Changing Her Public Image and Her Personal Life

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Field was only 19-years-old when she started dating Steven Craig, a former high school classmate. The couple married in 1968 and Field quickly became pregnant with her first child. She was filming The Flying Nun at this time which would make for an interesting plot twist if the writers tried to write Field's pregnancy into the storyline, unfortunately there was no immaculate conception Field's convent.

Her big, billowy nun habit kept a lot of things secret, unfortunately the series was cancelled before she got too far along in her pregnancy with her son, Peter Craig. Whether it was osmosis or the family business, Craig became a writer. His novels include The Martini Shot and Blood Father, and he adapted the screenplays for The Hunger Games.