Sissy Spacek & Husband Moved to Farm to Give Kids 'Roots' 44 Years Ago — Inside Their 'Refuge' Home
Sissy Spacek and her husband, Jack Fisk, have not only been married for 50 years, but they've also lived in the same house for more than 40 years! The farm was where they found refuge, and it helped make their relationship with their children stronger.
Jack Fisk and his famous wife, Sissy Spacek, were in denial of how things were utterly right with them from the very beginning. During a 1983 People magazine interview, the duo revealed they'd initially met in 1972.
Jack and Spacek met while filming "Badlands, with her playing one of the lead roles and him designing the movie's sets. The pair seemed to fall in love quickly and didn't take much time to tie the knot.
Sissy Spacek smiling while posing in a black and white photo on September 11, 1977 | Source: Getty Images
Two years after the meeting, the couple "cautiously" decided to marry. Spacek confessed to the publication how they'd both been skeptical about marriage, stating, "We never expected a lifelong relationship," and adding:
"In fact, we even opened a bank account and put $30 in it because that's how much it cost to get divorced."
Jack Fisk with Sissy Spacek; circa 1970, in New York | Source: Getty Images
However, they were surprised when they got closer instead of apart. The actress said, "Now I think it would take something dramatic like death to end it," and they even managed to work together and share an agent.
In 1981, the pair joined together on "Raggedy Man," with Jack serving as the director. While on set, Jack and Spacek weren't allowed to be husband and wife; they had to deal with each other professionally.
Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception on December 5, 1981, at the State Department in Washington, D.C. | Source: Getty Images
The actress left her career in Los Angeles long ago and chose to raise her children in Virginia. Spacek described herself as an introvert and revealed that she loved spending time with her family.
The star's Hollywood career was an influential and varied one where she got to play differing characters. However, after filming was done, Spacek always returned to her Virginia farm.
Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk at Nice, France airport on May 18, 1982 | Source: Getty Images
The actress and her husband ended up on the farm after having children. Jack and the "Carrie" star chose the place after considering the best place to raise their brood.
Sissy and Jack Moved to a Farm to Give Their Children Roots
In 2012 while speaking to Garden & Gun, Spacek explained why she and her husband had moved to Virginia, saying: "I wanted to give my children roots." She shared how she wanted her daughters to grow up with dirt between their toes and animals around them.
The star revealed how she and Jack had gotten the farm in 1981 before she got pregnant with her first daughter, Schuyler Fisk. She started staying longer in Virginia despite loving the city.
The actress realized how nature was her "refuge" and said it was music to her having a bug hitting a screen on a summer night. She enjoyed hearing the creek running full after a storm and the wind ruffling the trees.
Spacek told the publication that those sounds were like a choir that filled her up and calmed her, and it took a while for her to realize it. In 1982, the star and her art director husband left Los Angeles for good.
Their new home was near Charlottesville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Schuyler followed in her mother's footsteps by becoming an actress and singer-songwriter, while her sister, Virginia Madison Fisk, became an artist and art director like their father.
The family lived ordinary lives on the farm with horses (and what looked like plenty of space for them to graze), dogs, and other animals surrounding them. While the family is generally private about their home, Schuyler had posted several Instagram images that gave fans a glimpse into it.
From April to August 2017, the star's daughter shared pictures showing their outdoor space with wooden chairs and a firepit facing the open land. A grassy area gave the family a place to hang out in the evenings and enjoy the outdoors.
The family also had a patio with a view of what seemed to be a lake and lots of trees. The tranquil farm also boasted a large swimming pool surrounded by trees that the family used on hot summer days.
A quick look inside the house showed off the family's ordinary-looking kitchen with many cupboards and other knick-knacks. It was pretty clear that Schuyler and her sister visited their parents often, judging by the pictures.
Sissy Was a Fledgling Gardener
During her Garden & Gun interview, Spacek confessed she was a "fledgling gardener". The actress revealed that she first planted annuals when she moved to the farm and laughed at herself because she believed as an agricultural consultant's daughter, she should've known better!
Jack's wife said she now had a serpentine English flower garden where she planted basic things like columbines and tulips. At the time of the 2012 interview, one of her daughters was due to marry on the farm, so Spacek decided to make the place more beautiful for the occasion.
At the time, the actress's [Sissy Spacek] career was booming, and her daughters [Schuyler and Virginia Madison Fisk] didn't care who she thought she was!
She planted moving boxwoods and peonies and joked about the garden being beautiful "in spite" of her! Ironically, moving full-time to the farm brought Jack and his wife closer to their children, so it was a good choice.
Farm Made the Couple's Relationship with Their Children Stronger
Speaking to the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2012, Jack and Spacek admitted that their farm was a "sanctuary" and was "hallowed ground". The couple said no one took photographs there (except later with Schuyler images), and no interviews were held in the space.
In her Garden & Gun interview, Spacek confessed she was close to her children but had always assumed she'd have boys because she grew up with brothers. However, when her children came along, they arrived at the perfect time in her life.
At the time, the actress's career was booming, and her daughters didn't care who she thought she was! The star jokingly admitted, "They just wanted to eat. It brought me down to earth."
Schuyler Fisk, Jack Fisk, Madison Fisk, and Sissy Spacek at the 88th Annual Academy Awards on February 28, 2016, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
It was beautiful to see how the couple of five decades managed to stay so close to nature and their children whom they gave roots. The family lived on the land for over 44 years in 2022!