Sally Field speaks out about her new memoir, 'In Pieces'

The actress opens up in an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer about her brutally honest new memoir, which takes on many difficult topics.
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Transcript for Sally Field speaks out about her new memoir, 'In Pieces'
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