Sissy Spacek was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen. She was an amateur musician during her high school years, playing the guitar and composing. After graduation Spacek embarked on an acting career, gaining interest in the profession through her cousin, actor Rip Torn. She relocated to New York and enrolled in the New York branch of the Actors Studio. She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute while also pursuing work as a model and singer, appearing in West Village showcases. Sissy eventually broke into film and one of her first roles was as Holly in director Terrence Malick's Badlands (she met her husband Jack Fisk on the set – Fisk was Badlands' art director). In 1973 Brian DePalma's hit Carrie was Spacek's breakthrough moment. Three years later, Michael Apted's Coal Miner's Daughter put Spacek's career in overdrive. She won a Golden Globe and an Oscar – just the beginning of an illustrious career marked by nominations and awards for her work on cinema and television.