Sally Field Exposes Burt Reynolds’ Dark Secrets In New Memoir

by Kim Wong-Shing
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Sally Field’s new memoir, In Pieces, contains some hard truths about her relationship with Burt Reynolds.

The Oscar-winning actress opened up about the upcoming book as well as her relationship with Burt in a new interview with the New York Times. She admitted that she’s relieved that Burt won’t get the chance to read what she wrote about him.

“This would hurt him,” Sally, 71, said. “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.”

Sally and Burt were in a relationship from 1977 to 1982. He passed away last week at age 82.

Sally says her romance with Burt was “confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but really complicated and hurtful to me.”

Burt “used Percodan, valium, and barbiturates, and sometimes received mysterious injections to his chest” while on set, Sally said. And though she tried to convince Burt to seek therapy for his stress and anxiety, he dismissed her.

In the memoir, Sally also reveals that her stepfather, actor Jock Mahoney, sexually abused her. She says he would often call her into his bedroom alone.

“I felt both a child, helpless, and not a child,” Sally said.

Now, Sally sees a connection between her and Burt’s relationship and her relationship with her stepfather.

In Pieces comes out on September 18.

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