HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com)   —  Sally Field will receive the 2,524th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday.

The star honors the two-time Oscar winner and three-time Emmy winner for a nearly 50-year career that started out with her playing light-weight roles on sitcoms — literally.

Field was “The Flying Nun” (1967-70) and free-spirit “Gidget” (ABC 1965-66) in shows that would belie the fact that she would ultimately become one of the most-lauded and respected actresses of this or any generation.

The “Norma Rae” and “Places in the Heart” actress is expected to speak at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony (taking place in front of the Hollywood Wax Museum).

Normally stars know who will be speaking on their behalf, but the names lauding Field are being kept “a surprise for her,” according to Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony comes three days after the release of Field’s latest movie, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” where she reprises her role as Peter Parker’sAunt May.

For her portrayal of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln in “Lincoln,” Field was also nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar in 2013.

Field’s other films include “Forrest Gump,” where she played the mother of the title character played by Tom Hanks; “Punchline,” where she played Hanks’ love interest, and fourmovies opposite now ex-boyfriend Burt Reynolds, “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The End,” “Hooper” and “Smokey and the Bandit II.”

The actress also made memorable turns in “Absence of Malice”; “Steel Magnolias”; “Mrs. Doubtfire”; “Soapdish”; “Not Without My Daughter”; and
“Stay Hungry.”

After years of trying to live down her frothy sitcom past, Field made Hollywood stand up and take notice when she won an outstanding lead actress in a drama or comedy special Emmy in 1976 for her portrayal of a woman with 13 personalities in the acclaimed NBC miniseries “Sybil.”

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