Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson's Scandalous Love-Hate Relationship

Bettina Dizon
May 25, 2019
01:27 A.M.
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Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson were once one of Hollywood's’ power couples, but what turned out to be a fairytale marriage, ended a horrible nightmare.


Burt Reynolds was a name known back in the day for being one of Hollywood’s greatest stars and being a ladies man with many girls to date while Loni Anderson was a self-made actress with three Golden Globe Awards nominations. 

The two met in 1983 while filming “Stroker Ace” and later turned their on-screen romance into a real-life relationship. They dated for years and rose to become one of Hollywood’s power couple, with all eyes on them.



In 1988, Reynolds and Anderson tied the knot in what could be the most extravagant celebrity weddings then. Having no budget to hold them back, Reynolds built a chapel for the ceremony to take place. 

“I feel like Cinderella. I married Prince Charming,” shared Anderson.

Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson. | Source: Getty Images


Their wedding was nothing short of perfect with the happy could feeling over and beyond blessed for having found each other. 

“I’m a very lucky man,” Reynolds said at the reception. “I’m surrounded by love and dear friends, and I married my best friend today.”


Red flags began to appear shortly after the two made it official and finance became a big problem of the husband and wife after Anderson maxed out the $45,000 spending limit her husband gave her, which, according to the star, she finished in 30 minutes of shopping.


Anderson was a Hollywood princess and believed she should be seen as one, hence her mentality of not being allowed to be seen in the same outfit twice. This caused her to buy everything in threes as to not repeat any.


In 1993, the relationship ended in fallout, and Hollywood’s perfect couple decided to end their relationship. The reason behind the split was never apparent but Reynolds disclosed that they haven’t been intimate in the past three years before the split. He also said their spit didn’t come as a shock after he and Anderson started having different priorities. 

“I don’t see how she can be in total shock when you have not… id your husband has not touched you in the biblical sense… in almost three years,” Reynolds said to “Good Morning America: Evening Edition.”


Anderson remained quiet about their issues until 1995 when she revealed that Reynolds physically abused her numerous times while being intoxicated by drugs.


The two were allegedly unfaithful to each other as Reynolds admitted to having a relationship with another woman after finding out that Anderson had an affair. He told Good “Morning America: Evening Edition:”

“I caught her cheating on me. And so I just… I made the decision to call it off.”


Anderson remained quiet about their issues until 1995 when she revealed that Reynolds physically abused her numerous times while being intoxicated by drugs.


In his memoir, “But Enough About Me,” Reynolds shared a glimpse of his life, including his high school and college football days where he was offered several scholarships.

He played for Florida State University where he found himself joining the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. However, his halfback dreams ended after being injured on the field.

His acting career began after his college professor urged him to audition for a play called “Outward Bound,” which he landed a significant role in.