Burt Reynolds Reveals Which Actress Is All-Time Love of His Life

Who was the one that got away?

Burt Reynolds was one of the biggest movie stars on the planet at one point, and no doubt had his fair share of beautiful women, but there’s still one true love that got away and the 82-year-old actor named her on the “Today” show Thursday morning.

Despite being married to Judy Carne and Loni Anderson in his lifetime, Reynolds named Sally Field.

“I’m dead in the water no matter what I say,” Reynolds said. “Well, she was seven when I fell in love with her, stayed seven for about eleven years. I would say Sally.”

He said he fought for her role on “Smokey and the Bandit,” against the wishes of the filmmakers. “They said, ‘Well, she’s not sexy.’ I said, ‘You don’t get it. Talent is sexy. And she’s got that.'”

The awkward comment about falling in love with a child wasn’t the only hiccup in the interview. When Hoda Kotb was telling Reynolds how excited everyone was to find out he was going to be on the show, he abruptly shot back, “I’m so proud of you for not having your lips larger.”

She had no response ready for this non-sequitur, so after a moment simply went with a confused, “Thank you.”

Reynolds was cheeky and playful throughout the interview promoting his latest film, “The Last Movie Star,” which hit close to home for the cinematic icon. Below are more of the highlights.

Who Should Portray Him?

There was absolutely no hesitation of any kind when Hoda Kotb tried asking him who he feels should portray him in a film about his life. Before she could even get the question out, Reynolds shot back, “George Clooney!”

Then after a moment’s refection, he added with a sly smile, “Well why not? He’s a little– not quite as good-looking as me, but he’s still got a lot of other things.”

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