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Proud of East Texas: Sissy Spacek

By Joan Hallmark - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - With the Academy Awards only a week away, we are reminded of the very first Oscar winner from East Texas, Quitman's Sissy Spacek. Spacek won the Oscar in 1980 for her role as Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter".

Sissy was the youngest of three children born to Ed and Virginia Spacek: Ed Jr., Robert, and little Mary Elizabeth, whom both brothers immediately tagged Sissy. Only 18 months apart, Sissy was devastated when Robbie died of leukemia at 18 in 1967.

Sissy graduated the same year and headed for New York with her Gibson guitar under her arm . Success came not from singing but from motion pictures when an agent friend asked her to do a small part in "Prime Cut". Her big break came in the horror movie "Carrie" and in 1980 Sissy Spacek won an Oscar for "Coal Miner's Daughter". She has had six nominations and appeared in more than 60 film and television roles.

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