Inspiring success story of Sally Field who made her own luck.

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Sally Field may be an Oscar-winning actress, but she still had to fight to land a role she knew was meant for her, playing Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s wife, in the 2012 film, “Lincoln.” The actress fought hard to convince director Steven Spielberg (who originally said he knew she was “not right”) and leading man Daniel Day-Lewis that she was the one for the part. Following an initial screen test — after which Spielberg refused her for the role — Field convinced Day-Lewis to fly to Los Angeles from Ireland for the day to improv with her in full costume for Spielberg. She nailed it — and the rest is history.

“To actually become Mary, I had to demand that they didn’t walk away,” Field told Good Morning America.

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