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Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Spacek (born December 25, 1949 in Quitman, Texas) is an Academy Award winning American actress. Her cousin, Rip Torn, was already in the entertainment business, and through him, she was able to enroll in Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio and then the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. The first role that brought her notice was the 1973 film Badlands, where she met art director Jack Fisk, whom she would later marry.
Her breakout role was in Carrie, in 1976, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She eventually won the Oscar in 1980 for Coal Miner's Daughter. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for her singing on that film's sound track album.
Academy Awards and Nominations