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Sissy Spacek To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame Monday

Actress Sissy Spacek will receive the 2,443rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday, honoring a career that has brought her a best actress Academy Award and five other nominations in the category.

Bill Paxton, the star of the HBO drama “Big Love,’ which Spacek appeared in six episodes in 2010, and director David Lynch will join Spacek in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of The El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

The ceremony will come nine days before the release of Spacek’s latest film “The Help.’

Born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on Christmas Day, 1949 in Quitman, Texas, and given the nickname Sissy by her older brothers, Spacek won a singer-songwriter contest when she was 17 years old and moved to New York City to pursue a singing career, living with her first cousin, actor Rip Torn, and his wife actress Geraldine Page.

Spacek sang and played guitar in Greenwich Village coffeehouses, sang commercial jingles and recorded a novelty song in late 1968 titled “John, You’ve Gone Too Far This Time,’ which proclaimed her disillusionment and shocked over John Lennon appearing in full-frontal nudity with his then-girlfriend Yoko Ono on the cover of his album “Two Virgins.’
Spacek also worked as a photographic model and worked as an extra at Andy Warhol’s Factory, appearing in a non-credited role in his 1970 film “Trash.’

Spacek’s first credited role was in the 1972 cult classic “Prime Cut.’

She went on to appear in the made-for-television movie “The Girls of Huntington House’ and two episodes of the CBS family drama “The Waltons.’ Spacek’s first high-profile film role was in the 1973 crime drama “Badlands’ as the narrator and 15-year girlfriend of a mass murderer (Martin Sheen). 
She received a nomination for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ best female newcomer award, but lost out to Georgina Hale.

Spacek received her first Academy Award nomination in 1977 for her portrayal of a shy, troubled high school senior with telekinetic powers in the horror film “Carrie,’ but the award went to Faye Dunaway of “Network.’

Spacek won an Oscar the next time she was nominated, in 1981 for her portrayal of county singer Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter.’ 
She also received a Grammy nomination for her singing of the film’s soundtrack album.
Spacek’s other Academy Award nominations were for “Missing’ (1982), “The River’ (1984), “Crimes of the Heart’ (1986), and “In the Bedroom’ (2001).

Spacek’s other memorable films include “Welcome to L.A.’ (1976), “Three Women’ (1977), “Raggedy Man,’ (1981), “JFK’ (1991) and “Affliction’ (1998).

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