Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' gets its Mary Todd: Sally Field


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President Abraham Lincoln’s troubled First Lady will be played by Sally Field in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming historical drama Lincoln, DreamWorks has announced. Read the full post.

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  • Sylvia

    Hope that Spielberg will also take a look at Burlingame’s Lincoln bio for details on Mary. Even author of Team of Rivals has admired Burlingame’s work, published later. It is tremendously detailed and I cannot forget the image of Mary chasing Abe while brandishing a small log type chunk of firewood, which I think she clobbered him with. That was BEFORE Mary had real problems.

    • abadstroller

      From my readings about Mary, she was just-this-side of “high-strung”, as it was often put at the time for “sensitive” people. The death of two young sons, the murder of her husband sitting next to her, and “betrayal” by the surviving adult son and the expectations of the time of how a proper and decent woman should behave…they all converged to push her further over the edge. Mary Todd was intelligent and driven–qualities that made people then (maybe even now) label her as “difficult”.

  • Mike

    Please tell me I wasn’t the only one disappointed to find out this wasn’t an adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

  • Sandy

    Sally Field is a great actress and will be do well as Mary.
    And Lincoln is perfect.
    This should prove to be a Awesome Film

  • hilda mootz

    I would rather see Sally get this than Kate Winslet. Sally might be too old for the part, but she has the acting chops to pull it off.

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  • Bill

    “In addition to suffering the assassination of her husband, Mrs. Lincoln also lost two of their four sons in childhood, including one during her husband’s time in the White House, and another died at age 18 while she was still alive.”

    Whoops, you goofed, Mr. Breznican. The Lincolns actually lost THREE of their four sons as young children. You forgot Eddie, their second son, who died at age 3 in Springfield. Only their oldest son Robert lived to adulthood. Very sad.

  • susan delbo

    What a big mistake casting Sally Field. Baby voice, same style in everything she does. So many more talented actresses around.

  • Eric

    Sally Field does not look much like Mary Todd Licoln, but she does have the mentally illness acting chops down. Anyone ever seen “Sybil”? I rest my case. As far as anyone resembling Mary Todd- Ginnifer Goodwin is about as dead ringer as it gets.Of course she may be a bit young and thin, but they can always touch that sort of thing up. She also can play the emotional basket case angle, “Walk The Line” anyone?

  • See Saw

    having worked those WW2 franchises
    to death, having buried utterly the
    VAST, yet unfolding RED Chinese
    ‘EUGENICS friendly’ Halocaust
    —time for ad nauseum Lincoln.

  • see saw

    After decades of franchise slumming
    and RED China ‘eugenics friendly’
    Halocaust concealment —time for
    the done-to-death,ad nauseum moral alibi.

  • Jim Browne

    This is a powerhouse cast and production. Sally Field will blow this performance out of the water. Oscar # 3 maybe? She does fragile bi polar women well.. Sybil and of course her run on ER.

  • marilyn

    I have visited Mary Lincoln’s Ky. home as well as Springfield, Ill. We have studied her life and my husband is a 50 year + student of the Civil War and President Lincoln. This is one film I will anticipate! I think Sally Field will be wonderful.

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