In 1976, this briefly Andy Warhol Superstar rose to worldwide fan by playing the role of bullied teenager Carrie in the Brian De Palma’s horror masterpiece “Carrie”
The memorable “Carrie” Sissy Spacek turns 71 today
Sissy Spacek, who initially aspired a career as a singer, was born in Quitman, Texas on December 25, 1949. In 1968, using the name “Rainbo”, she landed a record contract and recorded a single, “John, You’ve Gone Too Far This Time”, however was dropped from her record label due to poor sales. She switched her focus to acting and in the early 1970’s, made her debut with a minor role in Andy Warhol’s Women in Revolt (1971). Spacek rose to prominence with her portrayal of the bullied teenager with supernatural powers, Carrie White, in Brian De Palma’s Carrie (1976), for which she received her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Following her appearances in the acclaimed films Welcome to L.A. (1976) and Robert Altman’s 3 Women (1977), she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in the biographical musical Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) and also a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the movie soundtrack where she sings. Other Sissy Spacek’s Oscar-nominated roles include Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and In the Bedroom (2001). The acclaimed actress returned to her first love, music, in 1983, releasing the album “Hangin’ Up My Heart”, which was critically well received and peaked at no. 17 on Billboard Top Country Albums. A prolific actress, Spacek also starred in JFK (1991) and The Help (2011). More recently she has starred in popular TV Shows including matriarch Sally Rayburn on the Netflix drama thriller series Bloodline (2015–2017),Ruth Deaver on the Hulu psychological horror series Castle Rock (2018), and Ellen Bergman on the Prime Video psychological thriller series Homecoming (2018).
Watch three movie clips featuring the famous prom scene of the 1976 Horror cult classic “Carrie” featuring Sissy Spacek
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