Sally Field says she was recreating relationship with sexually abusive stepfather with Burt Reynolds


Sally Field writes about her enduring relationship with the late Burt Reynolds in her upcoming memoir. 

She says she is relieved he will not get to read what she is revealing, as he would find it hurtful.

During actress Sally Field’s decades in the entertainment business, when it comes to her personal life, it is her relationship with Burt Reynolds that left its biggest public imprint, and now she will reveal their darker parts of their connection in her memoir ‘In Pieces’ out later this month.

In her memoir, Sally says she was sexually abused as an adolescent, by her stepfather, actor, and now deceased, Jock Mahoney.

She says in retrospect, on her intense five year romance with Burt, she was trying to recreate the relationship she had with her abuser. 

‘I was somehow exorcising something that needed to be exorcised,’ she told the Times. ‘I was trying to make it work this time.’

Sally, 71, delves into her long, and storied history with the late Reynolds, who passed on September 6, dedicating several pages to their relationship in her memoir.

She describes her relationship with Reynolds as ‘confusing and complicated’ and, in a conversation with the New York Times after his death, she said she was ‘flooded with feelings and nostalgia’ about him.  

‘This would hurt him,’ she said of her upcoming tome that includes her painful life as an adolescent and the tumultuous years that followed her celebrity status.

She says in light of his passing, she finds solace in that he will not read her book.

‘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. I did not want to hurt him any further.’

Sally and Burt were lovers and co-stars whose romance began during the filming of ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ and continued in ‘Hooper.’ 

The ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ co-stars dated for five years after they met on the set of the 1977 film. The former couple appeared in four films together before calling it quits around 1982.

Though the pair have oft been described as akin to Hollywood relationship legend, Sally told the Times their time together was ‘confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but really complicated and hurtful to me.’

While in her memoir she describes the prolific actor as being in person just as swaggering and charismatic as his roles, she also says he controlling of her. 

With a whirlwind romance sparked out of a connection that was as immediate and intense, it also had dark, frightening undertones to their courtship. 

Sally claims Reynolds used a cocktail of drugs while filming Smokey and the Bandit writing that he used Percodan, Valium and barbiturates, and would even occasionally receive mysterious injections to his chest.

She urged him to get his heart check around that time. He ultimately acquiesced and was examined at the Miami Heart Institute, but was given the all clear.

He also brushed off her suggestions at seeking therapy for her apparent stress, waiving it off as ‘self-delusional poppycock.’ 


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