Sally Field Once Said Burt Reynolds Had Been Extremely Jealous While They Were in a Relationship

Actress Sally Field has described the late actor Burt Reynolds as a jealous and controlling lover.

The "Smokey and Bandit" actress also said that the actor, who died on September 6, 2018, at the age of 82, had belittled her acting, as reported by Daily Mail.

From the beginning, the actor had shown an arrogant behavior, introducing himself to her as “Burt Reynolds, movie star.”

“By the time we met, the weight of his stardom had become a way for Burt to control everyone around him, and from the moment I walked through the door, it was a way to control me. We were a perfect match of flaws,” she said.

Field and Reynolds had a stormy relationship in the late 1970s. During this time, they co-starred in several films, including "Smokey and the Bandit," "The End," and "Hooper."

Burt Reynolds at the 43rd Annual Emmy Awards in 1991 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Burt Reynolds at the 43rd Annual Emmy Awards in 1991 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

REVELATIONS IN FIELD'S MEMOIR

In her new memoir, "In Pieces," the 72-year-old actress also hinted that Reynolds physically abused her. She wrote that when she tried to assert herself, the actor “tightened his grip, sometimes literally.”

She also claimed that Reynolds began to “housebreak” her from the time they first met and told her “what was allowed and what was not.”

She added that the actor belittled her acting career. He was also so jealous that he would pinch her face whenever he saw her with another man.

The actress also wrote that her relationship with Reynolds reminded her of her relationship with her stepfather who sexually abused her from when she was around six years old to 14.

Sally Field and Burt Reynolds at Tower Suite in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Sally Field and Burt Reynolds at Tower Suite in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

THE ACTOR'S "ARROGANCE"

From the beginning, the actor had shown an arrogant behavior, introducing himself to her as “Burt Reynolds, movie star.”

Reynolds was at the peak of his stardom when he asked her in 1976 to co-star with him in "Smokey and the Bandit."

Field was not the only woman who candidly shared her experience being Reynold’s lover.

Loni Anderson earlier said she sold every single thing that Burt Reynolds bought her during their relationship and almost six-year marriage. The couple parted ways in 1994, and their divorce has been described as one of the "nastiest splits in Hollywood history." 

Loni Anderson and Burt Reynolds at theWiltern Theatre in Lost Angeles, California in August 1992 | Photo: Getty Images

Loni Anderson and Burt Reynolds at theWiltern Theatre in Lost Angeles, California in August 1992 | Photo: Getty Images

Anderson described the divorce as "messy and exhausting." Reynolds, for his part, accused her of adultery, and she, in turn, accused him of having been abusive towards her.

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