Though born in 1949, the youthful-looking Sissy Spacek continued to land roles that portrayed her as a young girl well into her twenties. Just what was her secret?
Remember, in 1973 Spacek played a 15-year-old in Terrence Malick’s “The Badlands. That would’ve put her age at 23. However, she fit into the so well nobody seemed to know the difference. Three years later, Spacek again did the impossible by playing another teenager in Brian Depalma’s “Carrie.” Her role in “Carrie” was so convincing that received rave reviews and effort even garnered her an Oscar nomination.
To mark the 40th anniversary of her appearance in Badlands, The Brattle is screening a digital restoration of the film. The event will conclude a three-day tribute to the acclaimed actress. Carrie, on the other hand, marked its anniversary with the release of Kimberly Pierce’s remake of the cult thriller earlier this month. This time, however, an actual teenager, Chloe Grace Moretz, appeared in the starring role.
Spacek has enjoyed a remarkable career that has spanned four decades, and though she did go on to win an Oscar for her portrayal as Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” she will forever be best known for the baton-twirling girl with telekinetic powers, Carrie White.