As Burt Reynolds 'Smokey and the Bandit' Tribute Screens in Area Theatres, Sally Field Comes Home to Pasadena for Memoirs Event

Published : Friday, September 14, 2018 | 5:05 AM

Pasadena-born actress and American icon Sally Field will speak about her life and times in a Pasadena event September 27 set against the background of Burt Reynolds tribute showings of “Smokey and the Bandit” in area theatres.

Field was born in Pasadena. She co-starred in the 1977 film with Reynolds, who passed away last week at the age of 82.

She will discuss her new memoirs, “In Pieces,” in a Vroman’s Bookstore event, “An Evening with Sally Field,” at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 E. Colorado Blvd.

The book is published by Grand Central Publishing and is scheduled for release September 18.

“In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words – about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother,” a Google Books description of Field’s memoirs said.

One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of the present, Field has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of 17. She has played a sweet-faced “girl next door in “Gidget,” and starred in “Sybil” and “Norma Rae,” stunning audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity.

The memoirs, according to Google Books, reveals “one character who has always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.”

Grand Central Publishing says “In Pieces” is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the 20th century.

Field was born in Pasadena on November 6, 1946 to actress Margaret Morlan and Richard Dryden Field, an army officer.

Field started on television in the sitcom “Gidget” in 1965. The show was not an initial success and was canceled after a single season, but summer reruns garnered respectable ratings, making the show a belated success. She was next seen in “The Flying Nun” cast as Sister Bertrille for three seasons, from 1967 to 1970. As the 70s wore on, Field was given more serious roles and by the 80s, she had solidified herself as an award-winning A-lister.

At the Pasadena event on September 27, Field will be joined in conversation by author, broadcaster, and Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison.

Tickets for the $34 event include one seat and one signed copy of “In Pieces,” to be picked up at check-in. Seating is general admission. Additional copies will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information, see the ticket sales webpage or call (626) 449-5320.

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