High-school classmates included financier Michael Milken and eventual Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz, who later represented her.
In 1964, enrolled in an acting workshop out of high school. In her first week, a Screen Gems casting director spotted her, and she was quickly signed to star in Gidget.
Earned $500 an episode for Gidget.
Became pregnant during the last season of The Flying Nun, but hid her growing belly beneath the habit and behind books, which she carried in front of herself.
Accepted a role in Smokey and the Bandit in order to broaden her appeal; and fell in love with its director/star, Burt Reynolds, embarking on a five-year relationship with him.
Made one of the more memorable and often misquoted Oscar acceptance speeches when accepting her second Best Actress award (for work in Places in the Heart): "I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!"
2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
2017, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
2012, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee