Sissy Spacek on a "fulfilling" career

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By Nick Zieminski

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A faint hint of a Texas accent comes through when Sissy Spacek calls up to talk about her new memoir.

Spacek, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of country singer Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter," grew up in a small town, Quitman, Texas, in the 1950s and 1960s, a formative period that imbued her acting roles with "an authentic sense of rural life," in the words of film critic and historian David Thomson.

Spacek, whose credits also include "The Help," "Crimes of the Heart," and "Carrie," reflects on her childhood and movie roles in "My Extraordinary Ordinary Life."

She spoke with Reuters about her career, film roles for women and building a career.

Q: Your book is more about family than about acting. Is your point that one informs the other?

A: "One's life does inform everything you do and how you do it. My childhood upbringing and my family are the foundation of who I am. It does inform my work."

Q: Who is the audience for your book?

A: "My children. I didn't write it for an audience. I just told my story. Every human being is many things. Childhood is the foundation of who we are. I find it interesting what you do with it, how that supports and feeds your life."   Continued...

Actress Sissy Spacek kneels atop her newly unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood August 1, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser