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There will always be glitz and always be glitter, but with jobs on the wane and the economy on the fritz, the mood of the moment has been a bit more restrained lately. And while we're tireless believers in the uplifting power of a brilliant slash of lipstick, now feels like the right time to celebrate one beauty who more often than not goes without. Sissy Spacek is the un-Hollywood face of Hollywood, an actress who made her name playing girls of slender means and slenderer glamour. In her career-launching performance as a bored South Dakota malcontent in Terrence Malick's 1973 Badlands, she was all milky skin, freckles, and strawberry blond hair. (The red accents in that movie, and in her smash follow-up Carrie, were mostly from blood, not rouge.) A brassy turn as from-the-holler Loretta Lynn in 1980's Coal Miner's Daughter brought her Oscar gold. She hasn't stopped—or changed her MO—since. Hers is an ethereal beauty: "[She] has the ability to appear to be almost any age," Roger Ebert marveled in a review, "and never seems to be wearing makeup."

Spring found designers reaching out to the American heartland—think of D&G at the rodeo, Ralph Lauren in the Dust Bowl, and the resurgent Alabama Chanin in the Delta. Even bib overalls are having a moment. Hard times call for hardy outfits; save the blushing roses for the boom. Spacek's no sissy.

—Matthew Schneier

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