‘Norma Rae’ co-stars Sally Field and Beau Bridges reunite on ‘Brothers & Sisters’

Three seasons ago, “Brothers & Sisters” matriarch Nora Walker (Sally Field) romanced a political operative played by Danny Glover. The pair had co-starred in 1984’s “Places in the Heart,” which earned Field her second Best Actress Oscar. On Sunday, Beau Bridges — who was Field’s husband in 1979’s “Norma Rae” which won her that first Oscar — begins a multiple-episode arc as another of her love interests.

Matthew Rhys, who plays Field’s son Kevin on the series, directed this pivotal episode. As he revealed to Adam Bryant (TV Guide), “Beau was exceptionally gracious and welcoming. I was suitably terrified because I regarded myself as the young whelp who, quite frankly, wasn’t possibly good enough to clean his boots, let alone give him advice on how to act a scene. I was just there as a cheerleader to thank him for his time.”

Bridges is a 12-time Emmy nominee. Among those dozen bids have been two for Guest Drama Actor — in 1995 for “The Outer Limits” and last year for “The Closer.” While he lost both those races, Bridges has won three Emmys: Lead Movie/Mini Actor in 1992 for “Without Warning: The James Brady Story” and Supporting Movie/Mini Actor twice for “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” in 1993 and “The Second Civil War” in 1997 (photo).

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