This year's Tony nominees for 'Best Leading Actress' in a play are familiar names to non-theatre goers.

FOX's Jane Metzler talked to one accomplished woman who's been a part of our lives for decades:

Americans first met her on a beach with her surfer boyfriend Moondoggy up full holy minestrone from Gidget to the flying nun, three Emmy's and two Oscar winning film performances, Sally Field is an actress of considerable renown. Her stage experience not so extensive. She spent a couple months on Broadway 15 years ago, now she's nominated for a Tony Award...

For the now 70-year-old Field, playing overbearing mother Amanda Wingfield in the Tennessee Williams classic is like Shakespeare.

(Field) "She's sort of the female Hamlet, really calls upon the 54 years of my life I've worked."

Her Tony nomination not enough to boost ticket sales. The show closing six weeks earlier than scheduled on May 21.

That's FOX on Stage.

Competing against field in the lead actress category: Jennifer ehle for "Oslo," Cate Blanchett, the lead actress in "The Present", Laurie Metcalf for "A Doll's House, Part Two," and Laura Linney for "The Little Foxes." The Tony Awards, handed out June11.