Sally Field opens her new memoirs about how she was sexually abused by her stepfather and how she had a secret abortion at the age of 17 in Mexico
Sally Field opened before the release of her memoir "In Pieces," in which she details how she was sexually abused as a child by her stepfather and had a secret abortion at age 17.
"I did not know I had a voice," he said in his interview with the New York Times. Sally mentions how she told her mother about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather until she was 14 years old.
Sally, now 71, did not tell her mother about her stepfather's abuse as a child until she discovered that she had landed the role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012) while her mother was dying of cancer.
His mother divorced his father, Richard in 1951 and remarried in 1952 to double and actor Jock Mahoney, best known for his role in "Tarzan Goes to India."
From his stepfather, nicknamed Jocko, Sally writes in his memoirs: "It would have been much easier if I had felt one thing, if Jocko had been cruel and scary, but it was not like that. It could be magical, the Pied Piper with our family as his followers in trance.
I used to call Sally to her room alone. "I knew it," writes Sally in the excerpts revealed by the Times.
"I felt at the same time a child, helpless, and not a child, powerful, this was power, and I possessed it, but I wanted to be a child, and still."
Even though her mother was fighting the disease, she responded to Sally's confession, which was difficult to hear, since Sally explained that it was not a single incident, but a series of offenses in her teenagers that ceased when she turned 14. years.
His mother, dealing with the enormity of Sally's confession of a decades-old secret, and despite her own severe prognosis, assured her daughter that she would no longer be alone in her grief.
When she reached her adolescence she experienced a sexual awakening that she describes as "getting out of my own brain".
She became a prisoner and had a secret abortion in Tijuana at 17 years of age.
Sally soon got her first big concert on television as & # 39; Giget & # 39; and then "The Flying Nun", and her rise to stardom catapulted her into a different sphere.
"He was no longer a member of the club," Field writes. & # 39; The Human Club. I was a celebrity, "he writes.
She used to act as her therapy. She looked for complex roles such as the television miniseries Sybil (1976) in which she played a woman with multiple personality disorder.
She also won an Oscar for her self-titled role in "Norma Rae" (1979) in which she played a labor activist in a cotton factory that allowed her to express repressed aggression.
It also details a time when she was a young woman, used drugs and, in one case, woke up with singer and songwriter Jimmy Webb on top of her after smoking a joint full of hash.
She says she woke up and found Webb "on top of me, mixing another tune." She made sure to add that he did not think he was malicious, but that he was "lost from his mind."
Webb was asked to respond to Sally's memoirs.
In an email, Webb said: "They are asking me to respond to a passage in a book that publishers refuse to let me read, even at the request of my lawyer, so all I can do is tell my memories of dating. Sally on the swing & 1960s: Sally and I were young and successful stars in Hollywood, we went out and did what we did 22 years ago in the late '60s: we went out, we smoked marijuana, we had sex.
He also added that he did not include his alliances with her in his own memories, since he did not want to tarnish his image of "Gidget."
Sally also delves into her long and legendary story with the late and great Burt Reynolds, who passed away on September 6.
She describes their relationship as "confusing and complicated" and in a conversation with the Times after her death, she said she was "awash in feelings and nostalgia" for him.
Sally said she was at least relieved to learn that Reynolds would not read her memories, knowing that he would be hurt by what she revealed.
"This would hurt him," he said. "I was glad he was not going to read it, they were not going to ask him about that, and he was not going to have to defend himself or attack, which he probably would." I did not want to hurt him anymore.