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May 21, 1998 | JOAN FANTAZIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's difficult to think of a young Sissy Spacek as the girl next door--unless, perhaps, you live at the Bates Motel. She was no Gidget or That Girl. In "Badlands" (1973), she was a murderer's accomplice. In the TV movie "Katherine" (1975), a terrorist. And you sure wouldn't want to cross her in "Carrie" (1976). So when you see her in 1973's "The Townie" episode from the first season of "The Waltons" (Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on TNN), it's natural to be a little leery.
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June 3, 2012
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December 20, 1986 | RODERICK MANN
"One of the great things about living where I do is that I no longer read what others are doing," said Sissy Spacek. "When I was here, the trades seemed filled with stories of actresses getting the roles I wanted." You don't expect a performer as talented as Spacek to have those worries, but during the 11 years she lived here before moving to a farm in Virginia--yes, she says, she had them. "That's why I took a little office here and formed a production company," she said.
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December 5, 2011
MUSIC Sissy Spacek No, the actress hasn't started a sideline in noise-rock. But Sissy Spacek is the new collaborative project from local avant-garde composer John Wiese, whose hand-modded synthesizer explorations can veer from the ephemerally beautiful to absolute mangled destruction. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. $5. thesmell.org. Brian Wright The plain-spoken singer-songwriter relocated to Los Angeles from Texas years ago, making a name for himself in the local scene with his band, Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies.
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January 16, 1991 | BOB THOMAS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sissy Spacek was musing about what it's like to visit the West Coast. "It's a funny thing," she said with a smile. "Sometimes when I come back to town, people see me and they act as though I should be 100 by now. They're so shocked." As a matter of pure fact, Spacek turned 41 on Christmas Day, and she looks a decade younger. What confuses the locals is that she does not frequent the Hollywood scene.
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May 1, 1994 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under the threat of rain, spectators stand patiently on a quiet residential street hoping to get a glimpse of Sissy Spacek, Joan Plowright and Mary-Louise Parker. The three acclaimed actresses star in "A Place for Annie," the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation airing Sunday on ABC. On this cool, cloudy morning, fans watch for hours as Spacek performs a birthday party sequence with co-star S. Epatha Merkerson on the front lawn of a two-story house.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2011
MUSIC Sissy Spacek No, the actress hasn't started a sideline in noise-rock. But Sissy Spacek is the new collaborative project from local avant-garde composer John Wiese, whose hand-modded synthesizer explorations can veer from the ephemerally beautiful to absolute mangled destruction. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. $5. thesmell.org. Brian Wright The plain-spoken singer-songwriter relocated to Los Angeles from Texas years ago, making a name for himself in the local scene with his band, Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies.
NEWS
June 14, 1992 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sissy Spacek has never shied away from making controversial films. Over the past decade, she has starred in such political hot potatoes as Oliver Stone's "J.F.K.," Costa-Gavras' "Missing," "The River," which criticized the government's treatment of farmers, and last year's racial drama "The Long Walk Home." Spacek's latest film, HBO's "A Private Matter," tells the true story of Sherri Chessen, a mother of four small children who struggled to get a legal abortion in 1962.
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September 20, 1986 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
In many a season past the cry has gone up, Where are the good, non-decorative roles for women? The cry has faded a little, historically considered, although actors might argue that there are never enough really testing assignments for either sex. Yet at the moment are to be seen two unusually fine portraits of women at the far ends of distress, enacted with a persuasive force that never seems like mere theatricality.
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July 31, 2010 | Lisa Rosen
In cinematographer-turned-director Aaron Schneider's fact-based mood piece "Get Low," Robert Duvall delivers a captivating performance as Felix Bush, a loner dubbed the Mysterious Hermit of Caleb County, who, after 40 years of self-imposed seclusion, opts to hold a funeral for himself before his actual demise. "I remember thinking, 'Oh, I'm gonna watch him and study his process,' " recalled Sissy Spacek, who stars with Duvall in the Southern-set tale. "Well, you can't see it. It's invisible.
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July 31, 2010 | Lisa Rosen
In cinematographer-turned-director Aaron Schneider's fact-based mood piece "Get Low," Robert Duvall delivers a captivating performance as Felix Bush, a loner dubbed the Mysterious Hermit of Caleb County, who, after 40 years of self-imposed seclusion, opts to hold a funeral for himself before his actual demise. "I remember thinking, 'Oh, I'm gonna watch him and study his process,' " recalled Sissy Spacek, who stars with Duvall in the Southern-set tale. "Well, you can't see it. It's invisible.
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March 17, 2002 | JOHN CLARK
The Oscar race is loaded with story lines featuring fresh faces, old pros, front-runners, long shots and years in the wilderness, but few combine more of these elements than the one starring the two actresses nominated for their performances in Todd Field's "In the Bedroom": Sissy Spacek (best actress) and Marisa Tomei (best supporting actress). Spacek and Tomei make an unlikely pair.
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December 16, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"In the Bedroom," Todd Field's intimate drama about a family in crisis, was voted best picture of 2001 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. David Lynch's mystery thriller, "Mulholland Dr.," was the runner-up. "In the Bedroom" was the big winner Saturday with two awards. Sissy Spacek also won the best actress honor for her role as a happily married woman whose life is beset by a tragedy. This is Spacek's second critics' award for "In the Bedroom."
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November 20, 2001 | JOHN CLARK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sitting in a sterile hotel room here, wearing a slick black leather coat, folksy actress Sissy Spacek sums up director Todd Field by calling him a "clever dickens." She is referring to a trick Field played on her to get the reaction he wanted for a scene in his new film, "In the Bedroom." The issue here is not the trick but Spacek's assessment of Field. Who in or out of Hollywood would say "clever dickens"? Who would say it without irony?
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October 21, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sissy Spacek rarely appears in a broadcast network TV movie. But the Texas-born actress, who won the Oscar as singer Loretta Lynn in 1980's "Coal Miner's Daughter," couldn't resist starring with Beau Bridges in the CBS adaptation of Mary McGarry Morris' 1995 best-selling novel, "Songs in Ordinary Time."
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May 21, 1998 | JOAN FANTAZIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's difficult to think of a young Sissy Spacek as the girl next door--unless, perhaps, you live at the Bates Motel. She was no Gidget or That Girl. In "Badlands" (1973), she was a murderer's accomplice. In the TV movie "Katherine" (1975), a terrorist. And you sure wouldn't want to cross her in "Carrie" (1976). So when you see her in 1973's "The Townie" episode from the first season of "The Waltons" (Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on TNN), it's natural to be a little leery.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2001 | JOHN CLARK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sitting in a sterile hotel room here, wearing a slick black leather coat, folksy actress Sissy Spacek sums up director Todd Field by calling him a "clever dickens." She is referring to a trick Field played on her to get the reaction he wanted for a scene in his new film, "In the Bedroom." The issue here is not the trick but Spacek's assessment of Field. Who in or out of Hollywood would say "clever dickens"? Who would say it without irony?
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March 30, 1987 | Academy Awards news, views and statistics from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Sissy Spacek, up for best actress for "Crimes of the Heart": "People perceive me as a happy-go-lucky, stable person, and it's perfectly true. Maybe I can be the way I am in real life because I get paid to freak out."
NEWS
October 13, 1996 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunday "Everything to Gain" / 9 p.m. CBS Now that Danielle Steel is ending her long-term production deal with NBC, CBS has everything to gain by making movies based on the bestsellers of Barbara Taylor Bradford. In this melodrama, Sean Young ("No Way Out") plays a woman whose husband (Charles Shaughnessy of "The Nanny") and two children are murdered during a robbery. Can she go on without them? And will she fall for the cop (Jack Scalia) investigating the killings? Take a wild guess.
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October 13, 1996 | Bruce Newman, Bruce Newman is an occasional contributor to Calendar
She has two children--one of them, it seems odd to say this now, named Chastity--but the thing for which Cher may have become better known than her maternity is the two abortions. The shame for those--if she hadn't felt it already--was all but lacquered to her, along with some of the other, more baroque aspects of her celebrity, by the tabloid covers: nose job, boob job, abortion. Two abortions. CHER'S SHAME.
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