Inside Sally Field’s Complicated Relationship With Ex Burt Reynolds


Actors Sally Field and Burt Reynolds were a high-profile couple in the late ’70s/early ’80s. At the time, it seemed like the two were a relationship made in heaven that many crave. But after Reynolds’ death in 2018, Fields revealed that their relationship wasn’t exactly the romance many people believe to be the story.

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Burt Reynolds and Sally Field dated for five years

Reynolds and Fields met for the first time on the set of their hit film Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. The two quickly fell for each other and continued to date each other for the next four years, during which time they appeared together in three more Smokey and the Bandit movies.

In 1980, the couple called it quits for good.

Although the two eventually moved in with other guys, Reynolds’ feelings for Field never faded. In 2015, he confessed that he still had love for his ex-girlfriend while promoting his book, But Enough About Me: A Memoir. The actor also called Field “the love of my life”.

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field posing for a photo at a restaurant in Los Angeles
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“I miss her so much,” said Reynolds Vanity Fair. “Even now, it’s hard on me. I don’t know why I was so stupid. Men are like that, you know. You find the right person, and then you do whatever you can to make it worse.” We do.”

Although she has remained silent on their relationship in the decades following their split, Field finally opened up about her and Reynolds’ dynamic in 2018. But he didn’t have the same feelings as his ex.

Sally Field said she and Burt Reynolds were ‘a perfect match of flaws’

Less than two weeks after Reynolds’ death on September 6, 2018, Field released his memoir, in pieces. in the book, steel magnolias The actor described Reynolds as controlling, detailing their complicated relationship.

“By the time we met, the weight of his stardom had become a way for Burt to control everyone around him, and from the moment I walked through the door, it was a way to control me. We Were a perfect match of flaws,” she wrote. “Blindly I fell into a rut that long ago formed in my road, a pre-programmed behavior like some past I made a soul-binding commitment to this man. had promised.”

during an interview with closure weekly To promote her memoir, Field shared that Reynolds made her feel desirable and “gave me the feeling that I was sexy, and that I wanted to be everything she ever wanted.”

However, she said that their mobility eventually had a negative effect on their sense of self.

“What happened is that I stopped existing. I dressed for him, looked for him, walked for him. He asked me to marry him several times, [but] I knew his heart wasn’t in it,” she said. “We just felt terrible.”

in a separate interview with new York TimesField said that her relationship with Reynolds was an attempt to recreate a version of her relationship with her stepfather, Jock Mahoney, who claimed he sexually abused her as a child.

“I was somehow doing something that needed to be run away,” she told the outlet. “I was trying to make it work this time.”

Sally Field is relieved that Burt Reynolds will never read her memoir

Seeing that Field is genuinely candid about her romance with Reynolds in her memoir, she is “glad” that she will never get the chance to read, or question, those crude excerpts.

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field posing together at an outdoor event in 1977
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field | Frank Edwards / PHOTOS International / Getty Images

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“It would hurt him,” she said Times. “I’m glad he wasn’t going to read it, wasn’t being asked about it, and didn’t have to defend himself or take it out, which he probably would have. I’m not going to hurt him any more. Wanted to have.”

But despite this confession, Field acknowledged that Reynolds was filled with emotion after his death, noting that their time together was transformative in their lives.

“I’ve always thought about him in nostalgia… He was a very important part of my life, but for a small part of my life,” she said. NPR After the death of Reynolds. “I was with him only for three years and then maybe two years after that. But it was very important in my own existence, in my own movement as a person.”

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