Hello my dear Minx lovers!
This week, we sadly said goodbye to Burt Reynolds. One of cinema’s top box-office draws and notable sex symbols in the 1970s, he enjoyed fast cars and seducing his female co-stars.
Burton Leon Reynolds Jr was born on 11th February 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, to Burton Reynolds, who had been in the military and later became a police chief, and Fran Reynolds.
His family moved to Florida, and after graduating from Palm Beach High, he attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, but after a car accident and a series of injuries, he decided to give up his football career. He returned to college with a view of becoming a parole officer. After his English class teacher encouraged him to audition for a play after hearing him read in class, he was offered the lead role and ended up winning the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance.
This award included a scholarship in New York, which led to Reynolds meeting Joanne Woodward, who helped him find an agent and begin his stage career. He began guest staring on TV shows in the late 1950s and went on to star in various TV and film roles during the 1960s.
His breakout role came in 1972 when he starred in Deliverance, and his box office popularity soared. He became known as a Hollywood sex symbol, and gained notoriety by posing naked on a bearskin in the April 1972 issue of Cosomopolitan.
During the 1970s, Reynolds played leading roles in a series of action films and comedies, including White Lightning and Smokey and the Bandit, and he made his directorial debut in 1976 with Gator, sequel to White Lightning. He continued to work and was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor role by playing a porn director in Boogie Nights.
His personal life was as busy and varied as his acting career. Reynolds was married to English actress Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965. He and American singer-actress Dinah Shore were in a relationship in the early 1970s for about five years. Reynolds was married to American actress Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. They adopted a son, Quinton, but separated after he fell in love with a cocktail waitress.
He also had a relationship with Sally Field, his Smokey and the Bandit co-star who relationship from about 1977 to 1982, whom he called the “love of my life.” After his death this week, Sally released a statement saying “There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live.”
Minxy thoughts about the great Mr Reynolds? I have to admit, I’ve only seen him in Deliverance, and it was actually through watching Archer, and Archer Stirling’s obsession with Burt Reynolds that I learned a lot more about him. People have said he was charismatic, wryly appealing and a heartthrob, and I am inclined to agree. Aside from rocking some seriously impressive muscles, moustache and chest hair, he was tall, dark, with a cheeky sexy smile and twinkly eyes. Classic Hollywood good looks at their best.
Although he later said he regretted doing the Cosmo shoot, I think that it is a fantastic photo, and am very pleased he shared his gorgeous body with the world. I will be honouring him by watching some of his films this weekend, and enjoying the 70s sex god in his full glory.
RIP Mr Reynolds, you total legend.