Sissy Spacek

by smiley on May 4, 2013

sissy spacek

Birth Name: Mary Elizabeth Spacek

Place of Birth: Quitman, Smith, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 25, 1949

*Moravian/Czech, German (father)
*English, Irish (mother)

Sissy Spacek is an American actress and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980).

Sissy is the daughter of Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek. Her father was of three quarters Bohemian (Czech) and one quarter German descent. Her mother had English and Irish ancestry. The surname Špaček means “starling”, and is used as a slang word for “cigarette”.

Sissy’s first cousin is actor and comedian Rip Torn. Sissy is married to production designer, art director, and director Jack Fisk, with whom she has two children, including actress, singer, and songwriter Schuyler Fisk.

Sissy’s paternal grandfather was Arnold Adolph Špaček (the son of Frank John Špaček and Julia/Julie Anna Gloeckner/Gloekner). Arnold was born in Texas, to a father from Bordovice, Moravia (now in the Czech Republic) and a mother from Neustadt, Germany. Frank was the son of František/Frank Špaček and Antonia. Julia was the daughter of William Gloekner and Johanna Kirsch.

Sissy’s paternal grandmother was Mary Julia Červenka (the daughter of Josef Friedrich Červenka and Anna Machu). Mary Julia was born in Texas, to a father from Huckvaldy, Moravia (now the Czech Republic) and a mother from Senince Usti, Vsetin Valley, Moravia (also now the Czech Republic). Anna was the daughter of Pavel Machu and Rozina Talica.

Sissy’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Hall Spilman (the son of Thomas Percival Spilman and Almira H. Randall). Sissy’s grandfather Thomas was born in Iowa. Sissy’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of John Dyke Spilman and Amelia Percival. Almira was the daughter of Benjamin Randall and Miranda Lathrop, who was born in Canada.

Sissy’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Allen Holliday (the daughter of Joseph Evans Holliday and Virginia Jenny Prichard Baker). Elizabeth was born in Mississippi. Joseph was the son of Isaac Newton Holliday and Elizabeth “Lizzie” A. Tisdale. Virginia was the daughter of Samuel Smith Baker and Eliza Jane Austin.

Sources: Genealogies of Sissy Spacek –

Genealogy of Sissy Spacek (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Sissy Spacek (focusing on her father’s side) (through Sissy’s cousin, Rip Torn) –

Genealogy of Sissy Spacek (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

madman November 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm

You screwed up everything on her paternal grandfather’s side. Revise.

follers November 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm

Everything? That’s a bit harsh.

madman November 30, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Well, yes, but adding almost wouldn’t have sounded as good. Anyway, Julia wasn’t from Germany proper, she was an ethnic German from the Czech Republic, hence why I changed it in Rip’s profile. I don’t know where you get Neustadt from.

follers November 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm

From the reference.

madman November 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Where do they get it from? Censuses say she was from Czech Republic. Not that it’s really important or anything…

follers November 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm

I don’t know, though it was a very specific location.

bablah November 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Maybe it’s Neustadt an der Mettau or Neustadt an der Tafelfichte?

Morrigan Ni Boii May 24, 2016 at 9:54 am

Her suname “Špaček” means starling or it is using for slang word of cigarette.

phaedra January 12, 2016 at 12:35 am

She needs a revision rhinoplasty. She’s so cute btw.

neiltennant June 7, 2015 at 2:18 am

i swear i can recognize the czech when i see them

they have very special clear blue eyes .

many europeans do have blue eyes but they are different from the eyes of those czechs

andrew May 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

here is a real “celeb”

andrew May 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

if u mean for “celebs” ppl who made a sextape or trash tv shows I agree.

nnnnn May 6, 2013 at 12:09 am

I think, she would be ashamed to be put together
with Karadshian-Jenner herd

ethnic May 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

Sex tape? Are you crazy??

nnnnn May 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

No, as Sissy and James began their career, the
world was still not crazy. It would be the end of
their career

nnnnn May 14, 2013 at 1:32 am

Ah, James Deen.
He should make a sex tape with Demi Moore.

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