Burt Reynolds: I screwed up with Sally Field, she’s perfect
Burt Reynolds still regrets screwing up his romance with Sally Field, insisting the actress was “the love of my life”.
The Hollywood stars were together for many years during the 1970s and Burt reveals he misses her terribly and still feels "stupid" about letting her go.
“(She’s the) love of my life,” he told the December (15) issue of Vanity Fair magazine. “(I) miss her terribly. Even now, it's hard on me. I don't know why I was so stupid. Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up."
In addition to being engaged, Burt and Sally starred together in three films, Smokey and the Bandit, The End and Smokey and the Bandit II.
Burt was a notorious ladies’ man during his heyday in the ‘70s and dated a string of celebrities, including Tammy Wynette, Dinah Shore and tennis player Chris Evert after experiencing a bitter divorce from his first wife Judy Carne in 1965. He went on to wed Loni Anderson in 1988, but that union ended in acrimony in 1993.
He is well aware of his pattern for breaking hearts and the star makes this clear to all of his potential partners from the outset by delivering a heartfelt speech.
"It's going to be awful sometimes, and I want to warn you," Burt still tells potential girlfriends, "and they say, 'Oh, no, you're not. That's not you.' And I say, 'It is me, and I don't want to be that way. I hate that guy. But you're going to see him, and I hope you don't run away from me.' And they haven't.
"They always say, 'I'll be able to handle it.' They can't handle it. And they don't understand what they've done. And it's not them. It's me."
Burt turns 80 in February (16), and he admits he is struggling with the idea of becoming an octogenarian.
Mired in financial debt, to the point of having to sell his $4.9 million Florida mansion, Burt also auctioned off some of his possessions and memorabilia in December (14) to appease creditors.
"I trusted the wrong people with my money," the actor explained.
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