Don’t let any of the smiling images fool you: Sally Field was not happy portraying Sister Bertrille for three seasons on the Classic TV show The Flying Nun, no matter how many people watched and loved it. In fact, she felt coerced into doing it by Bewitched producer Harry Ackerman and her stepfather, a former Hollywood stuntman turned TV performer.

“I was now turning 19,” Sally reflected to the Television Academy Foundation, “and I didn’t want to be a nun. I did not want to do this; I’d started to see these other dreams of what I really wanted to be. I felt I needed to have faith, have courage and go after something nebulous, because I had no clear vision of how you went towards these things.”

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