Sally Field

LOS ANGELES - JAN 10:  Sally Field arrives to the "Critic's Choi

Field in 2013, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Sally Margaret Field

Place of Birth: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 6, 1946

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, small amount of Dutch

Sally Field is an American actress and director. She has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984). She is also known for her roles in the films Stay Hungry, Smokey and the Bandit, Absence of Malice, Murphy’s Romance, Punchline, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, Hello, My Name Is Doris, and Lincoln, and on television’s Gidget, The Flying Nun, Sybil, and Brothers & Sisters, among many other works.

She is the daughter of Richard Dryden Field and actress Margaret Field (born Margaret Joy Morlan). She is a descendant of William Bradford, who arrived in the U.S. on the Mayflower in 1620. Sally has three children, one with her former husband Alan Greisman; and two with her former husband Steven Craig, novelist Peter Craig and actor and director Eli Craig.

Her brother is physicist and academic Richard D. Field, and her half-sister is assistant director Princess O’Mahoney. Princess is the daughter of Sally’s mother and stepfather, actor and stunt person Jock Mahoney.

Sally’s paternal grandfather was Fleet Folsom Field (the son of John Quincy Field and Charlotte “Lottie”/Lotta Berry). Fleet was born in Pithole, Venango, Pennsylvania. John was born in Grimsby, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada, the son of Adam V. Field and Eleanor Robinson. Charlotte was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Alexander M. Berry and Rachel Benson.

Sally’s paternal grandmother was Jane Elizabeth Fox (the daughter of James B. Fox and Elizabeth Keefe). Jane was born in Bradford, McKean, Pennsylvania. James was Irish. Sally’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania.

Sally’s maternal grandfather was named Wallace Miller Morlan (the son of James Morlan). Wallace was born in Kentucky.

Sally’s maternal grandmother was Joy Beatrice Bickley/Bickeley (the daughter of James Luther Bynum and Redonia Ethel Glazner). Joy was born in Alabama, and was raised by her own stepfather, L. Bickley. James was the son of Tapley Dennis Bynum and Sarah/Sally E. Nichols. Redonia was born in Alabama, the daughter of John Madison/Martin Glazner and Edna Wilson.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Sally’s genetic ancestry is:

*99.2% European
*0.7% South Asian [from India]
*0.1% Native American

In his 2016 book about the show, Finding Your Roots, Season 2: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that 67.1% of Sally’s European ancestry was from the British Isles, with smaller amounts from France, Germany, Scandinavia, Finland, Eastern Europe, and Southern Europe.

Sources: Genealogies of Sally Field –

Genealogy of Sally Field (focusing on her father’s side) –

Sally’s maternal grandmother, Joy Beatrice Bickley/Bickeley, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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