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Sally Field Reacts to Ex-Boyfriend and Costar Burt Reynolds’ Death

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Sally Field spoke out after the death of her ex-boyfriend and Smokey and the Bandit costar Burt Reynolds.

Field and Reynolds first met on the set of their film Smokey and the Bandit in 1977 and swiftly began dating. The two went on to star together in four films and dated for nearly five years before calling it quits in 1982.

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Despite their breakup, Reynolds revealed in a 2015 interview with Vanity Fair that he still loved Field decades later, calling her the “love of my life.”

Reynolds said he continued to “miss her terribly,” adding, “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.”

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Burt Reynolds and Sally Field during Bert Reynolds and Sally Field Sighting at Steak Pit Restaurant – March 15, 1978 at Steak Pit Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Reynolds died Thursday morning in his Florida home of cardiac arrest. He is survived by his son, Quinton, and his former wife, actress Loni Anderson.