Dolly Parton’s Heartbreaking Memories of Love Shared with Burt Reynolds

The country superstar shared her deepest feelings on Twitter about the actor's passing

Image Credit: Twitter / Dolly Parton

After suffering from some health issues in recent years, the popular actor Burt Reynolds passed away on Thursday at the age of 82.

His co-stars, colleagues, and fans alike have been mourning the actor since the news broke.

Now, Dolly Parton is among the celebs who are sharing grief and sorrow over the loss of Reynolds.

The country superstar and actress posted on Twitter a sweet photo of herself and Reynolds on the set of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” as Billboard reported.

In the 1982 film, which was nominated for a Golden Globe, Reynolds played a sheriff in Gilbert, Texas — while Parton played a brothel owner. The two “soon slipped into an unlikely romance,” as Billboard noted.

“Oh how sad I am today along with Burt’s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men,” she wrote on Twitter — and she included the picture below.

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“I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy and I will always love you, Dolly.”

Reynolds’ manager told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that the “Smokey and the Bandit” star had indeed passed away at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. He died of cardiac arrest.

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Reynolds became a football star at Florida State. Multiple injuries he suffered during his sophomore year in college meant the gridiron would not be a realistic place for Reynolds to make his career — so he turned to acting and moved to New York.

Scoring roles in the ’50s and ’60s on shows such as “Gunsmoke,” Reynolds hit stardom in the 1970s. He was the top-grossing star for five years in the 1970s and helped create such classic films as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” and “The Longest Yard.”

Reynolds had told Vanity Fair that his former co-star Sally Field was “the love of my life,” according to People magazine on Thursday. Sally Field herself has issued a statement about Reynolds. She told People magazine, “There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away.”

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“They stay alive, even 40 years later,” she also said. “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.”

The two co-starred in four films together — and dated for nearly five years.

Of his own work, Reynolds said he was proudest of his performance in 1972’s “Deliverance,” a film about a group of men on vacation in the South who are terrorized by locals.

“If I had to put only one of my movies in a time capsule, it would be ‘Deliverance,'” Reynolds wrote in his memoir. “I don’t know if it’s the best acting I’ve done, but it’s the best movie I’ve ever been in. It proved I could act, not only to the public but me.”

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Even later in life, he was starring in hit films like the 2005 remake of “The Longest Yard” with Adam Sandler and 2004’s “Without a Paddle.” His most recent film, “The Last Movie Star,” which was released this year, won Reynolds praise for his role as an aging movie star.

Other stars who worked with him over the years have issued statements and shared their grief over his passing as well.

To see how sharp Reynolds was even near the end of his life, check out this video — then see the tweets below:

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