Reynolds died on September 6 aged 82 from a heart attack. Oscar-winner Field, 71, has said she is glad he is not alive to read her book, In Pieces.

London - Sally Field has claimed Burt Reynolds was controlling and jealous during their stormy five-year affair.

In a memoir, the actress says the Hollywood heartthrob was manipulative – and even implies he was physically violent towards her.

Reynolds died on September 6 aged 82 from a heart attack. Oscar-winner Field, 71, has said she is glad he is not alive to read her book, In Pieces.

She writes that from the first time they met in 1976 Reynolds began to "housebreak" her, telling her "what was allowed and what was not".

He belittled her acting career and was so jealous whenever they saw a man she knew he would pinch her face, demanding to know who he was.

She even suggests he was physically abusive, saying that as she tried to assert herself "he tightened his grip, sometimes literally". She does not elaborate.

The disturbing effect was that she "eliminated most of me, becoming a familiar, shadowy version of myself, locked behind my eyes, unable to speak".

The actress says her relationship with Reynolds, with whom she co-starred in 1977’s Smokey And The Bandit, was a replay of that with her stepfather, who sexually abused her from the age of around six to 14.

Field describes how being with Reynolds was "exorcising something that needed to be exorcised" and "trying to make it work this time".

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