Before his death, Burt Reynolds revealed on live television that Sally Field was the love of his life. Now, in her shocking new memoir, RadarOnline.com has learned never-before-heard details in Field’s words about what their tumultuous relationship was really like. In her book, In Pieces, out on September 18, Field reveals excerpts from her diary detailing their first night together, to the verbal fights that led to their demise. Reynolds passed away on September 6 after going into cardiac arrest at the age of 82, Radar reported. Click through the gallery to learn exclusive details of the late actor’s relationship with the one woman who he claimed stole his heart.
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Field and Reynolds met after the two accepted roles on Smokey and the Bandit. In the tell-all, Field described their relationship as “instantaneous and intense.”
But on their second date, Fields realized Reynolds was not interested in her worries and fears. She wrote that “he wanted me to be who he thought I was, and not who I truly was.”
Field said she loved to use swear words, but the Deliverance actor hated when she used them. She gave up swearing to please him, she wrote.
As Radar reported, Field put her own health aside to tend to his needs and physical illnesses. Another weakness in their bond was that Reynolds failed to form a bond with her two sons, she wrote.
Field said Reynolds always ignored her in times of need despite the many times she supported him. “If I wanted to tell him what I’d accomplished or talk about my children, or Lord knows, disagree with him about anything, he’d listen glassy-eyed for a moment, maybe offer a distracted comment or two before turning away.”
Ultimately, Field said she became a “shadowy version” of herself, and became “frightened” of Reynolds because she could not speak to him about her own struggles.
Field recalled feeling humiliated as tabloids began covering Reynolds’ cheating on her. She admitted her grandmother would send her stories in the mail about his infidelities. “But part of me knew it was all true. I felt duped and a fool,” Field wrote.
But it wasn’t until Reynolds turned to alcohol – “drinking over and over,” she recalled – that he finally showed interest in Field the way she had always wanted. As Radar readers know, the actor checked into rehab for pain pills and alcohol in 2009.
“In my journals, I’d constantly write that I wanted to run away, to escape from some hidden trap,” Field wrote. She added that once Reynolds needed “a fix” of her, “I’d be gone.”
Field also recalled the nasty fight Reynolds picked with her when she showed interest in playing the part of Norma Rae. After reading the script for her part, Field confessed that Reynolds “threw it across the room at me, saying it was a piece of shit and in an outraged sneer accused me of simply wanting to play a whore.”
Heartbroken Field was torn to pieces yet again when she headed to Cannes for her first-ever film festival overseas. The award-winning actress claimed Reynolds scoffed at her departure, telling her she’d never win.
Field took home the award for best actress, she recalled, as well as “every award for best actress that existed in the United States that year.” As Radar readers know, Reynolds spent his final years pining over Field in interviews. He shockingly admitted that she was always the one who got away.
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