Sally Fields has revealed how a friend attempted to set her up with Steven Spielberg 50 years ago.
The actress, 76, revealed how they nearly went on a date while introducing Spielberg, 76, as he received the Vanguard Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival for his film The Fabelmans.
‘My newly acquired business manager wanted me to meet one of his clients and wanted me to go to Universal for a supposed ‘meeting’ because he thought the two of us would really hit it off,’ the Oscar winner explained, according to People.
Fix up: Sally Field revealed that a friend once tried to fix her up with Steven Spielberg. ‘My newly acquired business manager wanted me to meet one of his clients… because he thought the two of us would really hit it off,’ she explained
The pair did, but not the way the matchmaker had hoped.
‘And though we never actually went on a date together, my beloved Steven Spielberg has never left my life. For almost 50 years — is it really? — we have gone through this life that’s been filled with good and bad, the laughter and the angst. He has been my biggest supporter and a constantly welcoming place.’
The longtime friends finally worked together on 2012’s Lincoln, in which Sally starred as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
Friendship: In presenting the Vanguard Award to the director, 76, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Sally spoke of their lifelong friendship. ‘We have gone through this life that’s been filled with good and bad, the laughter and the angst.’
Steven had first asked the Places in the Heart star to take the role in 2005, but the project did not come together until years later.
When it did, Sally almost didn’t get the role.
The veteran actress was about a decade older than Daniel Day-Lewis, 65, who took on the role as the 16th president, and the director was worried about the age difference.
Working together: Steve directed Sally in 2012’s Lincoln. The project won two Oscars, including a Best Actor win for Daniel Day-Lewis. Sally received an Academy Award nomination for the role
To ease any concerns, the two dressed in costume to do a camera test, and Sally previously told the Los Angeles Times they ‘had a long improv for an hour or two that became this kind of magical reality.’
Sally recalled, ‘To this day, neither one of us remembers what we did or said.’
‘But as a human and an actor, what it felt for the two of us to be together, doing these two people, was magic. And that was the beginning of the relationship that you see in the movie.’
The Fabelmans: The Fabelmans is a semi-autobiographical story that looks at at the beginning of Steven’s illustrious career. Steven received the Vanguard Award form the film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
The film went on to win two Oscars, including a Best Actor win for Daniel. Sally received an Academy Award nomination for the role.
In honoring The Fabelmans, which is a semi-autobiographical look at the beginning of the director’s love for making movies, Sally spoke of the impact her longtime pal has had on her life and on the way movies are made.
‘I honestly can’t imagine my life without him at this point, but I can’t imagine our country, much less the industry, had Steven Spielberg never held a camera in his hands.’
Impact: In speaking about Steven’s impact on the film industry Sally said, ‘I honestly can’t imagine my life without him at this point, but I can’t imagine our country, much less the industry, had Steven Spielberg never held a camera in his hands’