On September 10th, President Barack Obama presented actress Sally Field with the National Medal of Arts at the White House.
In his speech to the honorees, the President gave a nod to Field's memorable 1985 Best Actress Oscar speech, telling them, "We like you. We really like you."
"The dignity, empathy and fearlessness of her performances have touched audiences around the world, and she has deployed those same rich qualities off screen in her advocacy for women, LGBT rights and public health," the White House said in a statement.
Field has been a force in Hollywood since the 1960s, starring in television series and films alike. Some of her hits include Smokey and the Bandit, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire and Forrest Gump.
The 68-year-old won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1980 and 1985 for her roles in Norma Rae and Places in the Heart, respectively. – people.com
We've had some great Sally Field moments throughout her acting career on stage, scree, and television and she's received many awards honoring her talent. Another award she received 3 years ago should not fall too far from the Hollywood granted and now Washington D.C. acknowledgements.
At HRC’s 16th Annual National Dinner in 2012, HRC honored the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress with the Ally for Equality award for her vocal support for her youngest son, Sam, who is openly gay.
“You all have fought for him as surely as you were one of his parents,” she said in her moving speech at the National Dinner. “You've changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realized somewhere along the way they're just different from their other brothers and sisters.”
HRC congratulates Field on this immense honor [ of receiving the National Medal of Arts] and thanks her for unwavering support of LGBT equality. – hrc.org
If you missed Sally Field receiving the Ally for Equality Award, here is her son Sam roasting / introducing the 2012 recipient.
We love you Sally! We and your son Sam are very lucky!