Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Spacek is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. She came to international prominence in the 1970s, starring in a number of critically-acclaimed cult classics for renowned directors such as Terrence Malick, Brian de Palma and Robert Altman. Her most famous performance is as the blood-spattered eponymous heroine of de Palma's 1976 high-school melodrama/horror film Carrie. In the 1980s she became a mainstream Hollywood leading lady, winning the Best Actress Oscar in 1980 for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, and garnering three other nominations that decade. Spacek is known mainly as a dramatic actress, but has made occasional forays into light comedy.