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Happier Than Ever! Sally Field Found Peace in ‘Owning’ Herself: ‘We Are All Always Coming of Age’


Sally Field will be forever remembered for her iconic 1985 Oscar speech in which she told the crowd, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!” But these days, the actress, 76, has found peace in being truly appreciated by someone else: herself. “If you are together inside yourself, owning yourself, and the pieces are put together, you keep great company with yourself,” said the recent recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, who confides that she’s finally learned how to stop worrying and embrace joy in both her professional and personal lives.

Though she’s achieved fame and accolades throughout her career, including three Emmys for her TV work for Sybil, ER and Brothers & Sisters, plus two Academy Awards for 1979’s Norma Rae and 1984’s Places in the Heart, the 80 for Brady actress has been open about battling crippling self-doubts in the past. “We are all always coming of age, no matter what age we are,” she shared with Closer, adding, “You feel awkward and outside of the party. ‘Do I get to come in now?’ You feel isolated.”

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