Sally Field Grieves Burt Reynolds' Death, Confesses What She's Held On to for 40 Years


In the wake of Burt Reynolds’ death on September 6, 2018, many actors and actresses have expressed their fondest memories and deepest condolences for the legendary actor. One of the most notable of all the statements given so far is by the woman who Reynolds called “the love of my life,” Sally Field.

Reynolds is most well-known for his roles in films like “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Boogie Nights.” He was 82-years-old when he died on Thursday.

His death was a result of a heart attack, but he had been battling heart issues for years.

Many people who had the opportunity to get to know Reynolds have shared sweet memories after hearing the news of his passing.

“A sad day, my friend Burt Reynolds has passed away,” Sylvester Stallone wrote on Instagram. “I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should’ve cast him as Colonel Trautman in ‘First Blood,’ I said that’s impossible, because you’re too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo! He laughed, He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much… RIP Buddy.”

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Comedian Michael Ian Black wrote on Twitter, “Worked with Burt Reynolds on a TV show once. He introduced himself by saying, ‘Hi, I’m Burt Reynolds. I used to be big in the 70’s.’ How do you not love that?”

Even Dolly Parton, the Queen of Country, took a few moments to remember the iconic actor.

“Oh how sad I am today along with Burt’s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy. I will always love you.”

Sally Field’s particular statement, however, has left fans heartbroken all over again.

Field and Reynolds met while filming the 1977 film, “Smokey and the Bandit.” While the two were dating, they appeared in a few more films together including “Smokey and the Bandit II,” “The End” and “Hooper.”

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The dynamic duo ended their on-and-off again relationship in 1982, but Reynolds never seemed to get over it.

In a 2015 interview with Vanity Fair, he called Field the “love of my life” and expressed how much he missed her.

“I miss her terribly,” Reynolds said. “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 perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up.”

According to a statement given to The Associated Press following his death, Field also knew just how special the love between them was.

“There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away,” Field said. “They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”

As in the case with Reynolds and Field’s, some love withstands the test of time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who knew Reynolds and are grieving his loss.

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