From Gidget to The Flying Nun, Norma Rae, and even The Cannonball Run, Sally Field has enjoyed an award-winning career on the big and small screens. But her “girl next door” charm masked the depth and difficulties of her "real life," including a troubled childhood, professional challenges, and complicated, often fraught relationships with her mother and high-profile romantic partners. In Pieces could have been just another Hollywood tell-all, but instead it’s an honest, open, and refreshing account of an extraordinary life and talent.
She recently visited the Amazon offices in Seattle, speaking before a large audience about her long and successful career, the book, and the challenges she overcame to write it. Show highlights are listed below. See more author interviews in our podcast archive, or subscribe via iTunes or TuneIn.
- On the motivation to write a candid autobiography, learning how to write it, and "the guts to publish it" (1:25)
- The memoirs that inspired In Pieces, and finding the "one true truth" in writing, every day (8:18)
- On falling falling in love with her own story, and discovering things she "didn't know before" (14:50)
- "A cup with a crack in it": on the complicated relationship with her mother, and how she changed through the process of writing, and working through "impostor syndrome" (18:20)
- "There's always been a dark part of me" (24:43)
- Robin Williams and the joy of Mrs. Doubtfire (26:47)
- On her "dream role" (30:04)
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