When Burt Reynolds and Sally Field shared the screen in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, audiences fell in love. But so did the film’s stars.
In the 1970s, both Reynolds and Field were at the height of their acting careers, but were also nursing their hearts after a pair of disastrous marriages in the 1960s. Field, now a single mother of two children, felt a connection to her costar right away.
“Burt was the most important influence that came into my life other than my children at the time,” she later said about the actor, who went on to star in four more films with her.
While the pair never tied the knot, they were a Hollywood power couple for five years, and it’s clear that even decades later the relationship meant a lot to both of them.
“Burt was the most important thing that ever happened in my life,” Field remembers. “He rescued my career and literally put me to work, he literally gave me a new lease on life.”
As for Reynolds, he gushed about his relationship with Field during the tour for his autobiography But Enough About Me in 2015. “I think we would have been very happy,” he said about spending the rest of his life with Field.
“If anybody asks about that period of my life, it was a wonderful time. I was — and still am — very proud of her.”
So what came between these two lovebirds if their relationship was so strong they still cherish it 40 years later? That’s just another twist in their unique Hollywood love story.