Sally Field 'flattered' to be the love of Burt Reynolds' life

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 19, 2018

Burt Reynolds was memorialized by loved ones on Wednesday, but Sally Field was not in attendance.

"He was a hugely important part of my life, but for a very short period of my life", she said, noting that the two dated for three years and were on-and-off for two. "I really didn't speak with him for, you know, the last 30 years of his life. I did not want to hurt him any further". It was something he would do even when we were dating. "He would speak to me [through the press] about things that he could, like, call me on the phone about".

In this December 23, 1978 file photo, Burt Reynolds and Sally Field attend the off-Broadway play "Buried Child'" in NY.

The actress added, "He would do the TODAY show and say, 'I need to tell Sally.' Well, okay!"

Despite their ups and downs, Field says Reynolds will "always be in my heart and in my history".

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"I was always flattered when he said that", Field said during a sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer that aired on Good Morning America on Monday.

After Reynolds' passing on Thursday, September 6, Field released a statement reading: "There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away". They stay alive, even forty years later. She began to pull away emotionally from him after travelling to promote the movie at the Cannes Film Festival, where she won the Best Actress award and felt "wondrously free".

The memoir also outlines how she ended up cooking and cleaning for The Longest Yard star with little financial assistance - and that she feels the relationship led her to neglect her young sons from a previous marriage by leaving them with her mother - as they made him feel uncomfortable. "I felt glad that he wasn't going to read it, he wasn't going to be asked about it, and he wasn't going to have to defend himself or lash out, which he probably would have".

The "Amazing Spider-Man" actress is now promoting her new memoir, "In Pieces", which details parts of her relationship with Burt, and she recently revealed she's "glad" he won't be able to read it because she was scared the words "would hurt him".

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