Sally Field Receives her Kennedy Center Honor – TV Special to Air December 15

Palisadian and Oscar/Emmy winner Sally Field will be featured on a Kennedy Center special on December 15 on CBS.
Photo: Kennedy Center

By BERNICE FOX

Special to Circling the News

It was Palisadians honoring a Palisadian at the Kennedy Center last weekend.

Tom Hanks gushed over his two-time co-star Sally Field as he moved down the red carpet at the Kennedy Center for the Honors program. Steven Spielberg, who directed Field in “Lincoln,” was there to honor her as well.  All three – Field, Hanks and Spielberg – live in Pacific Palisades.

Longtime Malibu resident Pierce Brosnan, and Field’s “ER” co-star Maura Tierney, also were part of the Kennedy Center Honors in praise of Field.

Field, who has won two Oscars and three Emmys, seemed in awe of the honor she was about to receive. On the red carpet she noted “I think everybody feels this kind of is the real pinnacle achievement award.”

As Rita Wilson stood next to her husband, Hanks explained what it was like acting side-by-side with Field in “Punchline” in 1988 and “Forrest Gump” in 1994.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were at  Kennedy Center  to honor Sally Field.
Photo: Kennedy Center

“I feel that the two times I’ve worked with her, there was absolutely no nonsense. There was no maintenance. There was just the purity of just shared and respective work between the two of us.”

Hanks added, “I’m in love with her. I think she’s an extraordinary artist.”

Hanks and Field actually worked together a third time, but he wasn’t acting. He was host of the 1998 HBO mini-series, “From the Earth to the Moon.” Field directed and acted in an episode, the same episode Wilson acted in.

Brosnan and Field starred opposite Robin Williams in the 1993 dramedy “Mrs. Doubtfire.”  On the red carpet for the Kennedy Center Honors, Brosnan laughed when he said he’s “always loved Sally” and that’s why he was there.

Pierce Brosnan honored Sally Field.
Photo: Kennedy Center

He had real praise for Field’s acting skills, saying “you feel the person. You believe in her. It’s as simple as that. You believe her performances. They come with such heart, such intensity and sincerity, clarity of character.”

Hanks recalled that Field’s acting career began front and center with the TV version of “Gidget.” “It was the first job she ever had. She had no anonymity. She was just Sally from the get-go.

“As the years rolled by, her body of work grew in the most impressive way than any actor in Hollywood.”  And Hanks respects “the way she sort of like demanded to be taken seriously.”

On her way to entering the Kennedy Center event, Field said “I’ve just been on an emotional flood of overload. I didn’t expect to feel this way. I didn’t know what I’d feel.

“Buckle up kids; it’s going to be some night!”

The festivities of that night have been edited into a two-hour special, with honors also going to Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt, “Sesame Street” and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The “Kennedy Center Honors” airs Sunday evening, December 15 on CBS.

Philip Bailey, Maurice White, and Ralph Johnson of R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, Abby, Big Bird, Elmo, and creators Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett of the Children’s Television Program “Sesame Street” and conductor and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas will be recognized for their achievements in the performing arts during The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, to be broadcast Sunday, December 15 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: John P.Filo/CBS

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1 Response to Sally Field Receives her Kennedy Center Honor – TV Special to Air December 15

  1. Mike Sternfeld says:

    Hello Sue,

    You mentioned that Steven Spielberg lives in the Palisades. I was under the belief that he used to live in the Palisades but moved to a home in Brentwood with a large property because his wife, Kate Capshaw wanted to keep horses at their home. Am I wrong about this? Please let me know.

    Thank you,

    Mike Sternfeld

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