Sally Field Says Her Upcoming Memoir Would Have Hurt Burt Reynolds

Angelo Anderson
September 12, 2018

The "Gidget" star writes that as a child she was sexually abused by her stepfather, Jock Mahoney, until she was 14.

Field wrote that she and Webb, both 22 at the time, got high together in 1968, and she fell asleep, only to be awoken by Webb on top of her, "grinding away to another melody". But that next morning, her mother, even in her declining health, assured her that she would not be alone any longer in her pain. "When I laid it out there, I felt them giving me something back".

Seated here in her airy Pacific Palisades home one afternoon in late August, Field, 71, carried herself with quiet poise.

During actress Sally Field's decades in the entertainment business, when it comes to her personal life, it is her relationship with Burt Reynolds that left its biggest public imprint, and now she will reveal their darker parts of their connection in her memoir "In Pieces" out later this month. "I did not want to hurt him any further".

"Something was growing in me, this urgency that felt gangrenous, and I couldn't locate it. I could hardly breathe and I couldn't settle down".

Field's mother, Margaret, married actor Jock "Jocko" Mahoney in 1952, a year after divorcing Field's father. "But he wasn't. He could be magical, the Pied Piper with our family as his entranced followers".


Clearly, Reynolds also cherished his relationship with Field. Powerful. This was power. "And I owned it", she wrote. "The Human Club. I was a celebrity".

Field also shares her experiences with sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond, the likes of which sound consistent with the kinds of stories emerging from the #MeToo movement. Field told the Times. For his part, Reynolds said that Field was the love of his life, and spoke highly of her many times after they split. She describes their pairing as "confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but really complicated and hurtful to me".

While speaking to The New York Times about the forthcoming book, she expressed gratitude that Reynolds passed away before she could release it as she knew the light it would shine on their past.

Field also alleges in the book that Reynolds took Percodan, Valium and barbiturates while they were making Smokey and the Bandit. He ultimately acquiesced and was examined at the Miami Heart Institute, but was given the all clear.

"I was somehow exorcising something that needed to be exorcised", she told me. Field spoke to The New York Times about her book, scheduled for release by Simon & Schuster on September 18, in which she details sexual harassment and her relationships.

Rafelson denied the kiss to the Times, while Field said she felt obligated to kiss him because she was "the sole support" for her family.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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