Moms have been embarrassing their children since the beginning of time. Yes, as a mother you love them dearly, but that doesn’t mean you always listen to them when they you to stop meddling in their love life. You can be an accomplished professional with, say, two Academy Awards lining your shelves, but when it comes to your son, no amount of public anguish is too big a price to pay to finally see them settled down. Enter: Sally Field.
Sally Field is one of the highest regarded actresses in Hollywood. She has indeed won two Oscars: one for playing the groundbreaking union organizer in Norma Rae in 1980, and the other as the resilient widow Edna Spalding in the 1984 drama Places in the Heart. She was additionally nominated in 2013 for playing First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln. You may also recognize her from the hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, as Tom Hanks’ adoring mother in Forrest Gump, and as the loving Aunt May Parker in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. There is no denying the 71-year-old actress enduring and impressive career, and she is still one of the best and most sought after actors alive today.
Field is also no stranger to romance. She was married and divorced twice but her highest profile relationship was in the ‘70s with action star Burt Reynolds. The gossip magazines loved to stay up to date on what the ladies man and Hollywood’s favorite girl next door were up to. When the relationship ended, Field moved on, yet Reynolds appears to have never gotten over the heartbreak. To this day he says that Field is the love of his life and the most beautiful woman he ever saw.
Field has three sons. Her first, Peter Craig (from her first husband), is the acclaimed screenwriter of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and the upcoming Top Gun 2. Her second child, Eli Craig, is an author and filmmaker who most recently released the horror comedy Little Evil (featuring a cameo by Ms. Field) on Netflix. She gave birth to her third son, filmmaker Sam Greisman, in 1987.
Field and Greisman are so close that even Oprah featured a segment on her Next Chapter series about the love she has for her out and proud son. Like the rest of America, the close-knit mother and son gushed over Olympic figure skating heartthrob Adam Rippon. Fresh off of his bronze medal-winning performance, Field and her son texted about their love for the new star athlete. Greisman tweeted the exchange to his 28,000 followers. “Sam, he’s insanely pretty” Field texted to her son. “Find a way.” And it didn’t stop there. What came next is every sons’ worst nightmare…
Olympic medalist Adam Rippon is the handsome young athlete making waves nationwide for his skills on the ice and his personal life outside of the rink. The 28-year-old ice skater earned his first medal, coming in third place at the recent Pyeongchang Olympics for the figure skating team event. He skated his heart out to Coldplay’s Arrival of the Birds and delivered a beautiful performance. The amazing achievement made him the first openly gay athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.
Kissing off the haters
He made headlines for his larger than life personality and his unapologetic self-confidence. When critics took to bullying tactics against him online, he tweeted back: “To all those who tweet at me saying that they ‘hope I fail,’ I have failed many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback… and now I’m a glamazon… ready for the runway.” The tweet was retweeted more than 55,000 times and received love from celebrities including Reese Witherspoon and CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
Forming a friendship
While nailing it on the ice in South Korea, Rippon bonded with another out athlete, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy. Fans were thrilled to see the two visible athletes together (in matching sweaters). The British-American athlete unfortunately missed out on earning a medal this Olympics but he managed to take home a silver medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Kenworthy, like Rippon, is active on his social media platforms and has had a number of videos go viral on his YouTube channel.
Joining the stars
The 2018 Winter Olympics proved to be a true birthplace for a new crop of star athletes. Among them is 17-year-old snowboarder Chloe Kim. Following her gold medal in Pyeongchang she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She is the first woman to win four gold medals at the X Games before even turning 18 years old. After returning from the Olympics the highly accomplished and young competitor documented her journey to South Korea to her more than 750,000 Instagram followers.
The comeback athlete
Then there’s veteran athlete Lindsey Vonn. After winning a gold medal in 2010 at the Vancouver Olympics, she returned to Pyeongchang in hopes of recapturing the glory. All eyes were on Vonn in her anticipated return to the Olympics after sitting the 2014 Sochi Olympics out. She gave it her all but only managed a bronze medal for her downhill event. She dated controversial golfer Tiger Woods for two years starting in 2013 and recently tweeted support for the golfer’s return to the course.
A bonafide celebrity
But back to our boy Adam. As soon as his skates touched ground back in the U.S., Rippon was on the press tour of his life. He is the arguably the biggest star athlete to emerge from this year’s crop of rookie Olympic athletes. He appeared on Ellen, The View, and Watch What Happens Live. For this month’s Oscars ceremony, he was invited with fellow figure skater Mirai Nagasu (pictured left) and made quite the stir in this risk taking getup.
Passing the bitton
America seems to be dazzled by Adam Rippon. He is an excellent athlete with a sharp sense of humor and a quick wit that makes him a delight on talk shows. He has already earned the adulation from America’s sweetheart Reese Witherspoon and the two finally met recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “This is the relationship the world has been waiting for,” she joked to the athlete live on the air. Hollywood is smitten but she’s not the only A-lister who has taken an interest in Rippon…
Where it all began
Before we dive in deep, let’s go back to where it all began. Sally Field was born in Pasadena to Margaret Field, a successful actress who starred as the love interest in 1951’s The Man from Planet X. Daughter Sally fell in love with performing after watching her mother succeed in it and began taking lessons. After appearing in several short-lived sitcoms, she starred as the mentally handicapped Sybil Dorsett in the TV movie Sybil. The performance earned her her first Emmy.
Move to TV
Field was a reliable dramatic actress who occasionally got to showcase her comedic abilities in roles such as the unstable soap opera actress in Soapdish, and the idiosyncratic and neurotic titular character in Hello, My Name is Doris. In 2006 she signed on for her first lead in role on a TV series in decades: the family drama Brothers & Sisters. She played the loving yet complicated matriarch Nora Walker for which she won an Emmy and received three Golden Globe nominations.
Love with Reynolds
Aside from being a highly acclaimed and talented actress, Sally Field was a tabloid fixture in the ‘70s when the ingenue began dating Hollywood casanova Burt Reynolds. They starred in four movies together (including Smokey and the Bandit) and though the relationship didn’t last, Reynolds to this day regrets the messy break up but holds out hope for some kind of reconciliation. “She was the love of my life and I screwed the relationship up,” Reynolds told the Daily Mail. “That sense of loss never goes away.”
The movie star
Burt Reynolds entered the scene as the masculine and daring Lewis in the 1972 thriller Deliverance. Following his star-making performance, he became a bonafide movie star. He starred in such films as the sports comedy The Longest Yard, the comedy The Dukes of Hazzard, and the ‘80s comedy The Cannonball Run. At his prime he was also known as a ladies man. He was married to actresses Judy Carne and Loni Anderson but divorced both. Reynolds, however, has stated that no one else compares to Sally Field.
They fell in love on the set of the 1977 action comedy Smokey and the Bandit. “He gave me a feeling that I was sexy, and I wanted to be everything he ever wanted,” she said, reflecting on that time in her life. “[But] that was terrible, because what happened is that I stopped existing. I dressed for him, looked for him, walked for him.” She says that he asked to marry her multiple times but knew in her heart that the relationship wasn’t right for her.
His biggest regret
Reynolds tells a different story, however. While promoting his autobiography, But Enough About Me, in 2015 he reiterated to reporters that Field is the love of his life. “I think we would have been very happy,” he told Closer Weekly. “If anybody asks about that period of my life, it was a wonderful time,” Burt says. “I was — and still am — very proud of her.” He also told Entertainment Tonight that Field was the biggest regret of his life.
Building a family
Field’s first husband was high school sweetheart Steven Craig. Soon after their engagement she landed the lead role on the sitcom Gidget and later as the novice nun on the hit sitcom The Flying Nun. Her rising popularity, however, created a strain in their marriage, and the couple eventually divorced. They had two children together: screenwriter Peter Craig and author Eli Craig. After she split from Reynolds, she met and married film producer Alan Greisman in 1984. Before divorcing in the ‘90s, they had one child together, Sam (pictured right).
The youngest Field
30-year-old Sam Greisman is an up-and-coming and still hopeful filmmaker living in New York City. He has written four short films and his latest, Dinner with Jeffrey, starred House of Cards and The Blacklist star Reed Birney. He is an active Twitter user who often tweets hilarious sound bites and opinions to his more than 28,000 followers. He is also an active Instagram poster who frequently features his famous mom on his photo feed. The two are very close.
A mutual crush
Millions and millions of people all over the world tuned in to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Among the devoted fans were Sally Field and her son Sam Greisman. They loved watching the athletes show off what they got, especially figure skater Adam Rippon. They took to his charm, charisma, and looks. Greisman posted the adorable exchange above to his Twitter feed. He kept his subject a mystery, but Mom couldn’t keep in her excitement…
Like any embarrassing mother, Sally Field decided to expose her son’s crush to not only the subject himself, but also to the entire world. In an awkward retweet, Field sent the text message exchange to the object of infatuation, Olympic medalist Adam Rippon. Fans went crazy at the tweet, replying to the message with #momgoals and words of encouragement for the amateur matchmaker and potential future Mr. Rippon. Greisman replied with one fearful word: “yikes”.
Rippon was asked about the exchange on The View. “I’ve been so busy after the Olympics,” he told host Joy Behar on why he hasn’t agreed to the date yet. “I slept for an hour last night.” He went on to say that he hopes to meet both Field and Greisman on the Stars on Ice tour. The nationwide ice skating tour will feature a host of Olympic skaters including gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White as they perform across 22 U.S. cities.
The award winner
On March 10th, new buddy Gus Kenworthy honored Rippon at the Human Rights Campaign gala with the Visibility Award. “[Rippon] is an absolute inspiration to me, and over the last few months his skating has won over the world,” said Kenworthy. “Along the way he has helped cut a path for young people to see that being your true self is the best way to live.” Rippon fought back tears as he accepted the honor and delivered an impassioned speech of love and acceptance. He wasn’t the only one in the audience with a twinkle in his eye.
That’s right! Greisman was in attendance at Rippon’s honoring and watched as the star athlete delivered a beautiful speech to a standing ovation. He worked up the courage to approach Rippon afterwards and was able to snap a quick photo. Who knows if the nudge from mom got the two to finally meet up but this photo went viral instantly. Perhaps there will be wedding bells in their future but for now it’s certainly one of the most adorable setups we’ve ever seen. Thanks, mom!