Sally Field reacts to ex-boyfriend and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ costar Burt Reynolds’ death

Sally Field’s heart is heavy. The actress spoke out after the death of her ex-boyfriend and Smokey and the Bandit costar Burt Reynolds.

“There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. They stay alive, even 40 years later,” she tells Us Weekly in a statement. “My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”

Us Weekly broke the news that Reynolds died at the age of 82 on Thursday, September 6, after suffering cardiac arrest at a hospital in Florida.

The legendary actor first met Field, 71, on the set of Smokey and the Banditin 1977. They began dating that year and were together for five years. Decades later, Reynolds called her “the love of my life.”

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(Original Caption) Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in a scene from the movie, Smokey and the Bandit.
Sally Field and Burt Reynolds (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
1977: Actors Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in the film 'Smokey and the Bandit'. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Sally Field with Burt Reynolds talking with friends; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
Sally Field and Burt Reynolds during 'Golda' Gala at Tower Suite in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Together Again. Burt Reynolds, who plays 'The Bandit,' and Sally Field share a scene in the new Universal Studio's release Smokey and the Bandit III, which is to open in New York. The new movie is a sequel to Smokey and the Bandit in which the two also starred.
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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)
August 1977: American actor Burt Reynolds smiles with his girlfriend, actor Sally Field, while attending an outdoor event. He wears a blue V-neck sweater, and has a beard and mustache. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
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)
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“I miss her terribly,” he told Vanity Fair in November 2015. “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.”

Reynolds and Field reprised their roles as Bandit and Carrie, respectively, in Smokey and the Bandit II in 1980. They were also costars in the 1978 films Hooper and The End.

The Mrs. Doubtfire star was married to Steve Craig from 1968 to 1975, and Alan Griesman from 1984 to 1993. She share sons Peter, 48, and Eli, 46, with Craig, and son Sam, 30, with Griesman.

Meanwhile, Reynolds was wed to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. He is survived by Quinton, his 30-year-old son with Anderson.

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LOS ANGELES,CA - CIRCA 1960: Actor Burt Reynolds floats in the pool during a pool party hosted by Dick Clark in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds (Photo by Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - CIRCA 1959: Actor Burt Reynolds attends an event with a friend in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds (Photo by Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds with Open Shirt (Photo by Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 26: CBS television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Episode, Escape to Sonoita. Pictured from left is Burt Reynolds (as Bill Davis). Originally broadcast June 26, 1960. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 26: CBS television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Episode, Escape to Sonoita. Pictured in a behind the scenes moment from left is James Bell (as Andy Davis), director Stuart Rosenberg, Burt Reynolds (as Bill Davis), unidentified cameraman and Venetia Stevenson (as Stephanie Thomas). Originally broadcast June 26, 1960. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1966: Actor Burt Reynolds lays on the couch during a scene in his TV show 'Hawk' in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
Actor Burt Reynolds and actress Nicoletta Machiavelli on the set of the United Artist movie 'Navajo Joe' in 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Margaret Field Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in a limousine; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 22: Judy Carne (she portrays Heather Finch in Fair Exchange) and Burt Reynolds (he portrays Quint Asper in Gunsmoke). They marry three months later. Hollywood, CA. Image dated March 22, 1963. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
DAN AUGUST - Pilot Gallery - Airdate March 6, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BURT REYNOLDS
DAN AUGUST - 'The King is Dead' - Airdate October 14, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RICHARD ANDERSON;BURT REYNOLDS
Burt Reynolds outdoors in a park, New York City, 1970. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
DAN AUGUST - 'The Murder of a Small Town' - Aired on September 30, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RICARDO MONTALBAN;BURT REYNOLDS
DAN AUGUST - Gallery A - Aired on May 13, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) NED ROMERO;RICHARD ANDERSON;BURT REYNOLDS;NORMAN FELL;ENA HARTMAN
American actors Ronny Cox (left) and Burt Reynolds as Drew and Lewis in the film 'Deliverance', 1972. The film was directed by John Boorman. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
DAN AUGUST - 'Murder By Proxy' - Airdate March 4, 1971. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BURT REYNOLDS;DIANA MULDAUR
Sarah Miles holding bottle with Burt Reynolds behind her in a scene from the film 'The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing', 1973. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
DAN AUGUST - 'The Law' - Aired on February 4, 1971. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) WALTER PIDGEON;BURT REYNOLDS
American actor Burt Reynolds at the Dorchester Hotel London, 6th July 1973. (Photo by Harry Prosser/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds during Bedside Network 24th Anniversary Ball at New York Hilton Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Burt Reynolds, host Johnny Carson on August 2, 1978 -- (Photo by: Gene Arias/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Reagan Family/Burt Reynolds (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds' Star on Hollywood Boulevard during Burt Reynolds' Star on Hollywood Boulevard - March 5, 1978 in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 16: Stuntman Hal Needham and Dani Janssen attend The Friars Club Name Burt Reynolds as 'Entertainer of the Year' on May 16, 1981 at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Loni Anderson walking hand-in-hand w. actor boyfriend Burt Reynolds outside (no caps). (Photo by Marty Katz/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
1982: Goldie Hawn and Burt Reynolds star in the Warner Brothers comedy romance 'Best Friends', directed by Norman Jewison. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Burt Reynolds (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Burt Reynolds (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Burt Reynolds (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 25: Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner at The 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 1991 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Loni Anderson and actor Burt Reynolds attend the 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 1991 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Burt Reynolds, consumer advocate David Horowitz during an interview on August 21, 1991 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 9: Actor Burt Reynolds and actress Loni Anderson attend the Screening of the CBS Made-for-Television Movie 'The Man Upstairs' on November 9, 1992 at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Actress Loni Anderson, actor Burt Reynolds and singer LaVern Baker attend LaVern Baker's Opening Night Singing Engagement on September 8, 1992 at the Cinegrill, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Burt Reynolds (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 556 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Burt Reynolds arrives on October 17, 1994 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 556 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Burt Reynolds during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 17, 1994 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
384079 01: 1983 Brooke Shields and Burt Reynolds at the 1983 People's Choice Awards.
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 19: Burt Reynolds, on hand to ring the opening bell for trading at the Nasdaq center in Times Square, says, 'If I can make a comeback, so can the stock market.' Reynolds is here to plug his upcoming TV movie, 'Johnson County War.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds (who visited his Deliverence costar Ned Beatty) (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Burt Reynolds during Burt Reynolds Press Conference at HFPA Office in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
401976 10: Actor Burt Reynolds leaves Mr. Chows restaurant March 5, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds and son Quinton during 'The Longest Yard' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Burt Reynolds and son Quinton during 4th Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds and Chris Rock at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Burt Reynolds (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
Burt Reynolds during Mariah Carey, Burt Reynolds and Dana Reeve Visit 'Good Morning America' - May 26, 2005 at Good Morning America Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Derek Storm/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2977 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Burt Reynolds during an interview with host Jay Leno on July 28, 2005 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Coach Dean Smith, Richard Petty and Burt Reynolds (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Actors Burt Reynolds and director John Boorman attend 'Deliverance' screening during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 23632_009_MB_0989.JPG (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Actor Burt Reynolds attends 'Deliverance' screening during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 23632_009_MB_1095.JPG (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
STUART, FL - AUGUST 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Burt Reynolds discusses 'Deliverance' Following 40th Anniversary Screening at Lyric Theatre on August 16, 2012 in Stuart, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 08: Actors Burt Reynolds (L) and Mark Wahlberg attend the 2013 Spike TV Guys Choice at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 08: Actor Burt Reynolds accepts award onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 22: Hollywood Icon/actor Burt Reynolds on stage during Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 2015 - Day 3 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: Hollywood Icon/actor Burt Reynolds makes his Wizard World Comic Con debut on day 3 of Wizard World Comic Con at Pennsylvania Convention Center on May 9, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 22: Actor Scott Wilson and Hollywood Icon/actor Burt Reynolds attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 2015 - Day 3 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: Actor Burt Reynolds makes his Wizard World Comic Con debut on day 3 of Wizard World Comic Con at Pennsylvania Convention Center on May 9, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - APRIL 02: Burt Reynolds with High School Girlfriend at the In Conversation with Burt Reynolds 'Memoir of the Year' on a Life of Reinvention during the Palm Beach Book Fair>> on April 2, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mychal Watts/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: Actor Burt Reynolds speaks at the screening of 'Smokey and the Bandit' during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Long Center on March 13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Diego Donamaria/Getty Images for SXSW)
Burt Reynolds attends the premiere of 'The Bandit' at the Paramount Theater during the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images)
Burt Reynolds poses with a replica of the 1977 Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit before his red carpet appearance of the SXSW Film world premiere of CMT documentary 'The Bandit' at the Paramount Theater on March 12. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Angela Bassett and Burt Reynolds -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Burt Reynolds leaves Build at Build Studio on March 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Burt Reynolds leaves Build at Build Studio on March 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: (L-R) Levi Meaden, Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter and guest arrive to A24 And DirecTV's 'The Last Movie Star' Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on March 22, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Burt Reynolds arrives to A24 And DirecTV's 'The Last Movie Star' Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on March 22, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
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