Ever since her memoir, In Pieces, hit shelves in mid-September 2018, Sally Field has had her hands full promoting the new book. The beloved actress most recently stepped out for an intimate event at the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia to chat about her emotional memoir and meet with supportive fans.
The 72-year-old beauty was all smiles as she spoke about In Pieces — which tells the story of how Sally found her voice and the “powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey” — at the book discussion on Friday, November 1. The Mrs. Doubtfire star appeared to be in great spirits as she blew kisses to the excited audience and thanked them for coming.
According to the Parkway Central Library’s event calendar, Sally spoke with WHYY’s Radio Times host Marty Moss-Coane about her “lonely but instructive childhood, her craft and her most important roles: as a daughter, mother and grandmother.” Each fan who attended the intimate gathering even scored a signed copy of In Pieces. How cool!
The Smokey and the Bandit star, who has opened up about her rough childhood due to her alcoholic mother and being sexually abused by her stepdad as a teenager, got even more candid in her heartbreaking memoir. Around the time that Sally’s book came out, her older brother, Rick, gave more insight as to why their upbringing was so tumultuous.
“We didn’t have a real easy childhood,” Rick, 74, exclusively shared with Closer in mid-September 2018. “[Jocko] was not a very nice man,” he added, referring to their mother Margaret Field’s second husband, Jock Mahoney. “I would try to protect her. We basically had to define our own path.”
Even though Sally struggled for years with burying her feelings, considering she once said “emotions were not really allowed at the dinner table … or anywhere,” the Forrest Gump actress was able to put them in her writing.
“Something was growing in me, this urgency that felt gangrenous,” she previously explained, noting that writing her memoir brought great peace to her life. “In Pieces is about the little girl that I was, about the teenager who backed into becoming a celebrity and about the craft that taught me to stand on my feet.”
Sally is such an inspiring lady!
Scroll through the gallery below to check out pics of Sally promoting her new memoir at the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia!
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