In the 1980s, Sally was known for the films “Absence of Malice,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Murph's Romance,” and “Places in the Heart,” for which she won another Oscar and a Golden Globe.
More recent notable films starring Sally were “Forrest Gump,” and “Legally Blonde 2.”
Sally had a recurring role in TV's “ER,” (2000-06), winning an Emmy for Outstanding Actress Drama Series as Maggie Wyczenski.
She's stayed busy into 2012, working on “Brothers & Sisters,” a show for which she has been nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
"One of the great things about acting -- you have the opportunity to stand in somebody else's shoes, whether it's someone with mental health problems or someone who lives and works in a small town,” she said in the Archive of American Television interview.
“Each character faces a dilemma in her life, and as an actor you're able to step into that character's skin, look through her eyes. You leave transformed, a different person, because once you live a little bit of someone's life, it changes you."