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Sissy Spacek will publish a memoir

January 14, 2011 |  7:39 am

Sissy Spacek, who earned her first Oscar nomination for 1976's "Carrie," is writing her memoirs. Tentatively titled "Barefoot Stories," Spacek's memoir is slated for 2012 release, publisher Hyperion announced Friday.

Spacek was brought up in East Texas, and went to New York to study acting. Her first major role was costarring in the 1973 film "Badlands" with Martin Sheen, and she earned an Oscar for portraying Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Her memoir will be told in stories, and Hyperion explains that "Spacek’s memoir shares stories from her childhood, and reflects upon her influences and the things that matter most in life." Spacek and her husband have raised their children in Virginia, near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“I’m thrilled to be writing this book," Spacek said in the release. "I just wish I had studied harder in English class.”

Spacek's recent films include "In the Bedroom" and "Get Low"; she's also been seen in the television show "Big Love." She appears in the upcoming film adaptation of "The Help."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Sissy Spacek in July 2010. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times