Sally Field 'Glad' Burt Reynolds Didn't Read Her Upcoming Memoir Before He Died

Playing Sally Field Says Her New Memoir Would Have Hurt Burt Reynolds

Bombshell revelations by Sally Field about her former lover, the late Burt Reynolds, are set to appear in a new book. 

While Reynolds had referred to Field as "the love of his life," the two-time Oscar winner says her relationship with him was "confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but really complicated and hurtful to me." 

While filming “Smokey and the Bandit,” Field writes in her new memoir, "In Pieces," that "Reynolds used Percodan, Valium and barbiturates ... and sometimes received mysterious injections to his chest."

She told The New York Times that Reynolds, who she dated from 1977 to 1982, "refused her urging to seek therapy for his stress and anxiety, dismissing it as 'self-delusional poppycock.'”

Reynolds died last week at age 82, and Field says her memoir surely would have hurt him. 

"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,” she told The Times. 

In the memoir, which is set to hit bookshelves on Sept. 18, she also claims she was sexually abused by her stepfather, stuntman Jock Mahoney. She says he would frequently call her into his bedroom alone.

Her mother divorced Mahoney when Field was a teenager. He died in 1989.

She calls her new book "incredibly raw, intimate and personal.”

Field says the book took her seven years to write. 

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