Sally Field: I hadn't spoken to Burt Reynolds for 30 years

Sally Field "didn't speak" to the late Burt Reynolds for "the last 30 years of his life".

The 71-year-old actress recently said she was "flattered" to have been known as the love of Burt's life before he tragically passed away earlier this month at the age of 82, but has admitted she and the 'Deliverance' actor hadn't actually spoken for several decades.

Sally - who dated Burt for five years - said during an appearance on 'The View' on Tuesday (18.09.18): "He was a hugely important part of my life but for a very short period of my life.

"I really didn't speak to him for the last 30 years of his life. I would feel him kind of reach out to me via the press. It was something he would do even when we were dating. He would speak to me about things he could call me on the phone about.

"He would do the 'Today' show and say, 'I need to tell Sally...' Well, okay! He will always be in my heart and in my history. I think at least he's not hurting right now."

The 'Amazing Spider-Man' actress met Burt in 1977 after the starred in 'Smokey and the Bandit' together, and although they were thought to have dated for five years, Sally admitted they were a couple for three years, before entering an on-and-off period for the final two.

Meanwhile, Sally recently said she was flattered that Burt referred to her as the love of his life, despite calling the late legend "complicated".

Asked how she felt about the term, Sally said: "I was always flattered when he said that. But he was a complicated man."

The actress also admitted their connection was "instantaneous".

She added: "We'd known each other about three days, four days. It was instantaneous and four days felt like four years. You can see it in our faces. We were sort of, you know, deeply entangled. The nature of it wasn't just, 'Oh this is a love affair.' There was some ingredient between us having to do with my care-taking and him needing to be taken care of."