Mary Todd Lincoln
Biographical information

December 13, 1818[1]
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America


July 16, 1882 (aged 63)[1]
Springfield, Illinois, United States of America

Political information


Behind the scenes
Appears in


Portrayed by

Sally Field

"No one’s ever been loved so much by the people. Don’t waste that power."
―Mary Todd Lincoln[src]

Mary Ann (née Todd) Lincoln was the wife of the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and was First Lady of the United States from 1861 to 1865.[1]


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Behind the scenesEdit

  • Sally Field was so determined to play Mary Todd Lincoln, she begged Steven Spielberg for the chance to screen test alongside Daniel Day-Lewis. Spielberg believed she was too old to play the part, but Field was adamant. She recalled, "I'm 10 years older than Daniel and 20 years older than Abraham Lincoln's wife was and Steven told me he didn't see me in the role. But I knew I was right for this part and begged him to let me audition for it. He was kind enough to do that and Daniel is such a sweetheart that he flew over from his home in Ireland to screen test with me. I'll love him forever for that."[2]