Sally Field’s Untold Story ‘In Pieces’

Hollywood actress Sally Field opens up about her life in her new memoir, In Pieces.

From silver screen classics Forrest Gump and Mrs Doubtfire to Netflix’s new series Maniac, Sally Field has been a Hollywood star for most of her life -- over half a century in fact.

The double Oscar and triple Emmy award winner is one of the most celebrated and well-known actors of our time.

But despite her high profile, Sally has remained relatively quiet about her personal life  -- until now.

In her new book, In Pieces (published by Simon & Schuster, on sale now), Sally openly reveals the emotional journey that led to stardom. And what life was really like when the cameras weren’t rolling.

Sally in 2018.

Original fans will remember Sally for her roles in Gidget, and of course, The Flying Nun (the story of a Nun who literally flies). But unlike her upbeat 1960-70’s TV characters, Sally’s real life was somewhat miserable.

As the actress openly writes in In Pieces, it’s much more challenging and at times, dark.

Sally on the set of “The Flying Nun,” calling to check on her infant son Peter.

Her latest tome touches on her childhood sexual abuse from her step-father, her eating disorder and her tenuous relationship with Hollywood leading-man Burt Reynolds.

Sally has exposed that she was once hooked on “powerful diet pills” and had an abortion aged 17.

Sally’s mother and father split when she was just three-years-old and in her book she reveals that her step-father sexually assaulted her as a child.

From left: Sally’s brother, Ricky; her half-sister, Princess; Sally; and their mother, Margaret.

Sally recalls that at age 14, her step-father, stuntman Jock “Jocko” Mahoney, would call her into his bedroom alone.

“I knew… I felt both a child, helpless, and not a child. Powerful. This was power. And I owned it. But I wanted to be a child — and yet.”

Sally said the abuse stopped after her mother divorced “Jocko” in 1968, and he died in 1989. Sally didn't tell her mother about the abuse until after she starred in Lincoln in 2012.

"And then the house I lived in with my stepfather, I was deeply terrified, I was always afraid, and [yet] I felt loved.”

Sally told The Sunday Project’s Lisa Wilkinson that reliving that part of her childhood and putting her experiences into words was “hugely complicated and emotional”.

Sally with Jock Mahoney, her stepfather; Margaret, her mother; and Princess, her younger half-sister.

Sally also describes how her troubled childhood led to an emotionally abusive relationship with the late Burt Reynolds. Sally and Burt dated for several years beginning in 1977 after they met on the set of Smokey and the Bandit.

“By the time we met, the weight of his stardom had become a way for Burt to control everyone around him, and from the moment I walked through the door, it was a way to control me. We were a perfect match of flaws.”

Burt still called Sally the love of his life up until his death last month.

Sally's memoir will give fans an inside look at the parts of her life that she has previously kept extremely private.

In Pieces is available now in Australia.