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Exclusive: Sissy Spacek to join 'Big Love'

September 17, 2009 |  7:15 am

Sissy Major casting alert: Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek is joining HBO's "Big Love." She'll play a powerful Washington D.C. lobbyist in a multi-episode arc starting in the third episode of next season.

It's quite the coup for the HBO drama. Spacek has a whopping six Academy Award nominations for her memorable roles in films such as "Carrie," "Crimes of the Heart," and "In the Bedroom," and she won the Best Actress statuette for her indelible portrayal of Loretta Lynn in 1980's "Coal Miner's Daughter." The  actress was just at the Toronto film festival promoting her latest feature, "Get Low." 

Spacek is just the latest addition to "Big Love"'s fourth season; other actors cast include Bella Thorne, who will replace Jolean Wejbe as Barb and Bill's youngest daughter Teenie, and Ben Koldyke as Dale, a state-appointed trustee and love interest for Alby (Matt Ross).

The Emmy-nominated HBO drama is slated to begin its fourth season early next year.

-- Allyssa Lee

Photo credit: Getty Images

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