Sally Field at ‘Lincoln’ Premiere

Posted on November 09, 2012

We have such a fondness for Miss Sally that we were thrilled when she got cast as Mary Todd Lincoln. It’s such a meaty role and she hasn’t had one of those in a while. Besides, few actresses can play that kind of brittle craziness as well as she can.


Sally Field at the ‘Lincoln’ Closing Night Gala Premiere during the 2012 AFI Fest in a sleeveless red lace dress paired with nude shoes.

Sixty-six years old, bitches. In a sleeveless, body-hugging dress. You go, Gidget. We think she looks great, although she might’ve wanted more of a lining on the skirt. We’re not all that crazy about the shoes.

We wonder how the public would react if she stopped dying her hair. It still works for her, in defiance of the rule that says women past a certain age shouldn’t keep their hair dark. And it’s obviously good for her career, because she’s playing Mrs. Lincoln at a point about 20 years younger than her actual age.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

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  • GorgeousThings

    I read an interview with her where she said that DDL would send her texts as Mr. Lincoln and she would answer him back as Mary Todd Lincoln. It sounded like she had a blast working on this film.

    • alyce1213

      That’s so great — the notion of the Lincolns texting each other!!

      • Winter_White

        “Mary, OMG this G. Address thing. All I hv so far:  87 yrs ago, our fathers…”
        “Abe?  maybe wld b better as 4 score & 7 yrs?”

        • alyce1213

          of the ppl, by the ppl, 4 the ppl . . .

          Oh, we could go on.

        • Adriana_Paula

          That’s AWESOME.

          • Winter_White

            Thanks.  😉  Kids used to have to memorize that in school — do they still?  Was surprised to find that, 40 years later, I still remember the beginning, the ending, and random chunks of the rest.  (Even though, to paraphrase Anne Lamott, middle age is not helping my memory nearly as much as I’d hoped.)

          • LuluinLaLa

            We didn’t have to memorize that in school, but we did have to memorize the preamble to the constitution, and I can still recite the whole thing 25 years later.

          • I can’t recite the preamble, but I can still sing it. Thanks, School House Rock.

    • Anathema_Device

       That story makes me happy.

  • cooperalden

    She looks great!!

  • charlotte

    I am very fond of this woman, but I do think that this dress looks like grandma’s lace curtains. Other than that, I’m not sure if grey hair would work for her. It sure does for Helen Mirren or Carmen the goddess, but in my opinion you have to be quite fierce to pull it off.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Another one who probably is not thrilled with the step and repeat…. But Wow – she looks fantastic.  Great color.  Fits perfectly.  I like the hair – it’s not so dark that its washing out her skin tone.    

  • Ozski

    She looks marvelous! She has such a timeless cherubic quality to her face and can totally carry off the brunette hair. If she’s had any work done, it’s been very subtle. I would ditch the shoes though. A nice black pump with higher heels would be perfect.

  • alyce1213

    She looks phenomenal.  How I I envy her arms.  The brown hair is fine.
    I like her, I really like her.

    • Sobaika

      I so very much LOVE that she’s a woman past a certain age and is showing off her arms. 

      • charlotte

         And her arms are certainly show-off-able.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    Love the dress, love the hair, love her.  Love.

    • ecallaw1977

      I’ve always liked her anyway, but I watched a video recently of her being presented  an award for her support of LGBT rights, and since then, I’ve LOVED her.  It was presented to her by her son.  It’s worth a google.  Her inner beauty really shines out.

      • Cathy S

         That video was awesome. And I loved it when she took off her shoes. 🙂

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I love her and she looks fantastic!  And how nice is it to see a movie where the female lead is older (11 years) than the male lead but they’re playing the same age.  Go Sally!

  • MilaXX

    I don’t know what it says about me that I actually remember her playing Gidget or Sister Patrill(sp?) for that matter, but I love her. I think she looks good, but agree the lining could have been longer. I think she has let some partial gray come in from time to time. At least she did on Brothers & Sisters.

    • PinkLemon

       she was Gidget??? wow. i didn’t realize that. she’s such a fierce actress. we really do like her. we really, really like her.

      • alyce1213

        On TV; in the movie it was Sandra Dee.

        • PinkLemon

          Sandra Dee!! Yes, that makes more sense.

    • Miss_Led

      Love her too. I think it was Sister Bertrille,

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        She was the best Gidget!  Now what was her nutty best friend’s name?……they were like an earlier LaVerne and Shirley!
        Aha – Larue!  Thank you IMDB!

        Love her

    • mjude

      it says we had great tv shows growing up 🙂  how can you not love our gidget?  also how we wished the nuns in our school were like her & could fly!  LOL

      • paginatrix

         Not being a Catholic child, I used to wonder why Sister Bertrille didn’t get together with that nice Carlos fellow.

    •  Sister Bertrille!

    • formerlyAnon

       It says that you’re as old as I am. (Sister Bertrille, I think.)

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Not quite a Mirren-level of fierceness, but damn if she’s not werqing this springtime dress.

  • And best of all, whatever work she may have had done, is masterful and subtle. Sally, I like you, i really like you!

    • shirab

      Oh, I do hope she didn’t have work done. I’d like to think she just looks this good on her own, wrinkles (which she has!) and all.

      • Entirely possible that she hasn’t. Which would make her even more wonderful to me than she already is.

        • UptownNippy

          I love  her and think she looks beautiful.  I may detect some cheek implants but so what if she can afford it and wants to have them, good for her.

      • formerlyAnon

         I’m pretty sure (not positive) she’s had her eyelids done. Don’t know, beyond that.

  • mmc2315

    Seeing her sends in a rush of fond memories for me, too. Hi Sally! You look great! Healthy and happy! Let’s go out for a drink soon, okay?

  • Beardslee

    I am not fond of sleeveless dresses in November but major praise to her for being able to wear one at her age.  I have been fond of her since I learned that she is a big reader,  My kind of woman.

  • Cory Stottlemyer

    I freaked out when I heard she was cast in that role earlier this year. Mary Todd is a HUGE character to play, and nobody could do it justice like ms sally can. I’m gunna go rewatch norma rae for the hundredth time

  • marilyn

    And what age is it that women need to let their hair color go?  Someone may need to talk to Jane Fonda

    • formerlyAnon

      If you have a ton of money so a colorist can come to you, I think it depends entirely on what kind of grey you get. Some greys are great, others not so much and need as much maintenance as any other color.

      The rest of us, save those struck down while still in possession of most of our health and energy, will eventually become so frail that the energy spent maintaining a hair color is better spent elsewhere. (ETA: Just a little ray of sunshine, that’s me!)

  • Ceur

    Holy smoke how great she looks. I don’t even like the dress or the shoes, but I don’t care because she looks so damn good.

  • i absolutely adore her.  i think she looks great here. i’m SO excited about lincoln; mostly because i’m a bit of a history buff, but in good part because of her being in it.

  • nannypoo

    She looks good but a little tense in front of the camera. The brittle craziness seems to have followed her to this event.

    • She is clearly not much for the Step and Repeat thing

      • G

         Yes, she’s part of the generation TLo spoke about re:  DDL and Michelle Pfeiffer… but she does look fab!

        •  Michelle Pfeiffer is younger than Ms. Field.

    • l_c_ann

      Definite yes to the tenseness.  She doesn’t have a default smile she’s comfortable with.

  • She looks great and I think that is even her real face! we should all look so good!!

  • There’s a rule about grey hair? 

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Yes, there is.  My rule is that when I can no longer pull enough worn dollar bills and shiny pennies out of my coin purse to pay my hair dresser, then and only then I will let my hair go grey. 

      • alyce1213

        Mine is – over my dead body.

  • Fantastic. She looks amazing. Yeah, the shoes are meh’ but the dress is fantastic on her and wow does her beautiful face and hair still look stunning. I can’t wait to see her in this movie. 

  • Elizabetta1022

    We love you, Sally. We really do.

  • Anathema_Device

    She looks amazing!!  Hair coloring is a tough nut for brunettes as we age. Blondes have hair that is already light, so if they go gray, it doesn’t always change their looks as dramatically. Also, blondes can continue to dye it and it isn’t quite as aging as it is on brunettes. This is a good hair color on her because it isn’t too harsh but isn’t so light as to wash her out.

    • formerlyAnon

       She has a good colorist – I always wonder if celebrities with money who wind up with the awful, harsh, too-dark browns really don’t realize it or if it’s just that hard to find a good one, no matter how much money one has.

      • Anathema_Device

        I agree. There are a lot of really bad dye jobs in Hollywood. I think part of it is that they go with trends rather than what suits them. I am getting bits of gray and dye it sometimes, but I am lazy. I am at the point where the gray is starting to make me look mousy when mingled with my brown…sigh. I’ll have to pull up this pic when I finally cave and get it colored by a colorist. Fields does look very good here.

  • decormaven

    May we all look this damn fine at 66. Who remembers “Maybe I’ll Come Home In the Spring?” 

  • From “Absence of Malice”, “Steel Magnolias”, “Soapdish” to “A Woman of Independent Means”, “ER” and “Brothers and Sisters”, we do adore her. Lovely lady. But yes, the shoes have got to go girl. 

    • Wendi126

      Don’t forget Sybil..a mini series on tv with Joanne Woodward. Sally was fab

  • I do this irrational twitch whenever I see Sally Field. Not because she’s not fabulous and a great actress, but she resembles my step-monster to a startling degree – or, rather she would if my step-mother didn’t weigh more and have a WC Fields nose on her these days – and it just makes me twitch for a minute.

    She looks fabulous. 

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  • njmanang

    What age would I have to stop coloring my hair. Me thinks I’m already there. I want to abide with the rules : ) 

  • pattyw

    I hate that Sally, two-time Oscar winner, Field feels like she has to do the hand-on-hip starlet pose. As for her hair, I’m not saying she doesn’t color it, but my mom is 71 and her hair is by and large still naturally dark. If Sally is coloring, her stylist needs to school everyone else on their how to create a brown that looks realistic.

    • Adriana_Paula

      We’re lookin’ at you, Stephen Moyer.

      • formerlyAnon

        His is so egregiously wrong for his skin tone that I refuse to believe he doesn’t do it himself, with boxes of supermarket color chosen by the household help who does his grocery shopping.

        I mean, there is NO WAY a professional would let anyone know that was their work.

  • SewingSiren

    She looks great.

  • The hair color works because it’s not the exact color of her youth, which was slightly darker. Also, it’s not all one shade- there are some very subtle highlights in there, which make it more natural-looking.

    As for the lining in the dress – it does go almost all the way to the hem. If you look carefully, you can see that it stops just above where the top of the scallops start. I think the reason that it looks like its unlined is that it’s not a very opaque fabric, so when the lights hit it, it reads as almost nonexistent. 

  • Carla_Charlton

    Wow — she looks great, at least physically.  As far as the outfit goes, the shoes are terrible.  Does anyone else think she looks a little like Britney Spears?

  • B_C_J

    Lovely – beautiful figure enhanced by a feminine dress.  The hair is a perfect shade of brown.  She is a total lady and she is rocking it.

  • mhleta

    The only thing that really gives her age away is her neck. Otherwise, she looks like a fit and stylish 50 year old. I wish she had personalized the look a bit more, but otherwise she looks lovely. 

  • another_laura

    I’ve got to hand it to her, she looks amazing.  Great color on that dress.  I like the brown hair on her, still, but the style is a bit too Gidgety, isn’t it?  Better this than trying to do something elaborate, though.

    Mary Todd Lincoln may be one of those “role she was born to play” situations.  I can’t imagine another actress in it.

  • Holy hell, she looks amazing. And her colorist knows her stuff, not even a little harsh or washed out.  Well done.

  • NCDFan

    She looks fabulous. This is a great color on her. It’s too bad the lining is adding a couple of extra folds in the skirt cause it’s distracting but I only hope to look so good in 10 years. As for her hair color, I think going gray or white would fade her out.

  • Amy Graham

    Would love to be half that elegant and together when I am 60…Sally is the bomb

  • Judy_J

    She’s finally starting to show some signs of aging, but damn if she doesn’t still look fabulous.  And her haircolor is so natural looking, not that harsh shade of black that some older ladies seem to default to.  Can’t wait to see the film…Daniel Day Lewis looks amazingly like Lincoln.  Great supporting cast, too.

  • Unlike me, she can afford the frequent touch-ups needed after a certain amount of grey sets in.  If she wants to cover them up, she should do whatever pleases her b/c she looks great.  Considering the double standard which exists in her business, I don’t blame her for covering the grey.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    As someone who got her first grey hair at 16, you will take my hair color out of my cold dead hands.  Let her color!!!  She looks great, I would have liked a different shoe and yes, the lining needs to be beefed up but overall, great. 

  • Looking forward to seeing this movie, the reviews are uniformly good.  I don’t mind that Miss Sally is still coloring her hair, but I think it would look better if it were a softer brown.  She’s looking great!

  • granddelusion

    That smile looks so forced. And a little crazy.

  • sweetlilvoice

    It’s nice to see an actress look like a real person. Yes, some wrinkles…but those are smile lines! Go Gidget, pink is always appropriate no matter what age. I may really have to see this movie now.

  • StillGary

    Looking good Momma Gump! You know, I was skimming the outer site for the the PR All-stars post and when I scanned her picture, I thought “Katie Holmes.” 

  • Call me Bee

    So nice to see her on the RC.  She looks cute and stylish.  (I guess she’ll never get past being cute…)  Loved her as Abby’s wacked-out mum on ER back ten years ago.  Sally does do crazy very well…

  • crash1212

    What? Now there’s a rule about how dark women’s hair can be at certain ages? That’s bullshit. Her hair is beautiful and natural looking and now I’m very grumpy and feeling oppressed by stupid fashion rules. Humph.

  • Zippypie

    She looks great!  Fabulous shape.  What’s wrong with her hair?  It’s not colored dark brown/black, she’s lightened it, so it flatters her.  That’s a pretty bitchy thing to put on an older woman to say she SHOULD have grey.  Screw that.

  • JauntyJohn

    That is not a smile. That is a “Do I have something in my teeth?”

    Gidget was nearly 50 years ago, so this gal, whom I love, has been in front of cameras for a long, long time.
    Dress and figure and hair, flawless.

  • guest2visits

    She looks very good; the dress works well for Sally and the only small change might be kickier shoes.

  • lrhoff

    She still looks like a girl.  How cool.

  • Is it totally weird to say that I appreciate the fact that she hasn’t bleached the holy hell out of her teeth like so many other actors and actresses? She looks damn good.

    • formerlyAnon

      No, it’s not weird. The ultra-white bleaching bugs me a little, too. It always looks so Game Show Host/Shady Salesman to me.

  • Gorgeous.  I’ve always loved her.

  • If you’ve got the right stylist and the right amount of highlights, you can maintain the dark hair. My mother’s 64 and has brown hair still.  My father – adorably – got indignant on her behalf last year when I mentioned she dyed her hair.  So sweet, if not so ignorant.

    As for Sally, love the dress and the color is great on her.  Still, her smile there is the definition of “brittle.”

  • poohbah1

    That smile though. Fixed, strained, glassy. Like a crack addict screaming silently for her pipe.

  • PeaceBang

    Just plain love her forever.

  • Her arms look AMAZING! Weird to notice, maybe, but one of the biggest complaints I hear from women over 50 is that they hate their arms. Way to go, Sally.

  • butter nut

    brava! miss gidget has kept it together! she’s an inspiration.  

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I’d love more of a lining and a slightly shorter hem-line, but man if this isn’t fabulous on her. As for the hair, it’s not looking harsh, so I say she should continue to work those chestnut locks! 

  • Love it/her!