Updated: 04/23/2017 12:55 PM | First Published: 02/19/2017 06:15 PM

Inside Sally Field’s relationship with Burt Reynolds

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Three decades have passed since the tragic split of Sally Field and Burt Reynolds. They had started dating after meeting for the first time on the set of their 1977 movie, Smokey, and Bandit. The couple went on to act together in four other movies and dated for five years before calling it quit in 1982.

The split was so gruesome that the stars remained contactless for two decades. The Academy Award-winning actress later married Alan Greisman in 1984 while Reynolds tied the knot with actress Loni Anderson in 1988.

Jealousy ruined the relationship between Sally Field and Burt Reynolds

A still of Burt Reynolds and Sally Field from a movie


In a 2016 interview with Closer Weekly, Sylvia Resnick, the author of Burt Reynolds: An Unauthorized Biography and The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob said, “They were such a good team. They both had the same sense of humor. He likes to kid, and so does she.” 

A friend of theirs revealed the cause of their tragic split. “Burt got restless. He had a very self-destructive streak that way. Sally thought she could live with it, but it made her too upset and anxious,” revealed the friend. 

“Toward the end of their relationship, when Sally’s star started to rise regarding her credibility and talent, Burt was resentful and competitive. It was the death knell for their romance,” said the insider.

Burt Reynolds: “I miss her terribly.”

Burt Reynolds, in his autobiography But Enough About Me, revealed that Sally Field was the “love of his life.” The actor conveyed his desire to rekindle his friendship with Sally Field. 

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 81-year-old star said, “I do miss her. I think she was one of the underrated actresses, you know? And she was the best actress I ever worked with, I really adored her, and my relationship with her was real. She’s very, very, special.” 

In October 2015, he told Closer Weekly that he still loved her very much and wished that he could stay in touch with her.

Have Sally Field and Burt Reynolds come in contact?

Sally Field smiling (L) and Burt Reynolds (R)


Reynolds expressed his desire to work with Field in 2015, but he later told The Guardian that he never heard from his former flame. "You’d think after a guy says ‘I love you and I hope we can make another movie together,’ that you’d hear from them,” said Reynolds. It looks like we’re not getting a reunion anytime soon.