The 60-year-old actress won two Oscars, one for Best Actress in 1980 for "Norma Rae" and another in 1985 for "Places in the Heart." She is also a two-time Golden Globe winner.
Field is widely recognized for her role in the 1960s as Sister Bertrille in "The Flying Nun," which brought her a lot of fame and attention as well as her surfer girl role in "Gidget."
In 1976 she was able to break away from her typical TV roles and play the title role in the mini-series "Sybil," about a young woman suffering from multiple personality syndrome. Her convincing portrayal of Sybil proved that Field was a success in dramatic roles as well.
In 2000, Field made her directorial debut with "Beautiful," which starred Minnie Driver and Joey Lauren Adams. She also directed a TV series called "The Christmas Tree" and a TV miniseries called "From Earth to the Moon."
For several years Field dated Burt Reynolds. She was first married to Steven Craig from 1968 to 1975. In 1984, she married Alan Greisman, but the couple divorced in 1993.
Field has two sons, Peter and Eli from her first marriage with Steven Craig. Peter Craig is a novelist and Eli Craig is an actor and director. She also has a third son, Sam Greisman, from her second marriage.