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Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field has put her life onto paper. She has lived quite a life, much of it in the spotlight, but even so – there is so much we don’t know about her. To finally let the world into every detail of her life, she decided write a memoir titled In Pieces.
Set for a September 18 release, the memoir covers everything from her “challenging and lonely” childhood, to her 50+ year career in Hollywood, and everything in between including navigating life as a mother to three sons and two failed marriages.
In between those two marriages, she spent five years in a relationship with Burt Reynolds during the late 1970s. During their relationship, they starred in the films Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End and Hopper together.
Although their relationship ended and they both went on to marry other people, it seems Reynolds never got over his feelings for Field – even after decades of not being together. In 2015, he told Vanity Fair that he considered Field to be “the love of his life.”
Shortly after the interview was printed, Field was flooded with questions about it, and responded by saying, “I have no response, really, and any response I would have would belong to him.”
Because she is opening up so much in her upcoming book, it’s no surprise that she dedicated a few pages to Reynolds, the man she spent several years with at the height of both of their careers. Unfortunately, looking back on the relationship, Field came to certain realizations that she doesn’t think Reynolds would have been appreciative of.
And because of that, she is relieved that he won’t be able to read it. Reynolds passed away on September 6 at Jupiter Medical center in Florida.
“This would hurt him,” Field said in an interview with The New York Times. “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.”
She also told The New York Times that their relationship was “confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but really complicated and hurtful to me.”
In her book, she reveals why she thinks she now feels this way about her time with Reynolds. If you’d like to pick up a copy and find out more about their relationship and her life, you can pre-order In Pieces here.
After hearing of Reynolds’ passing, Field released a statement to People, saying, “There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”
Will you be reading Field’s book? We know we will.