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Burt Reynolds Talks about Women in Life, Halcion Addiction

April 18, 1992 GMT

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ Burt Reynolds says his breakup with Judy Carne kept him a bachelor for decades and he once nearly died from an addiction to Halcion, the controversial prescription sleeping pill.

The actor also talks about his relationships with Dinah Shore, Sally Field and Loni Anderson in the April 25-May 1 issue of TV Guide magazine.

Reynolds, who won an Emmy award last year for his performance in the TV show ″Evening Shade,″ said he met Carne while doing a promotional tour for ″Gunsmoke.″

″She was so adorable, such a pixie,″ he said. ″And she was absolutely not immoral, but amoral, bawdy funny. She was wild, she danced on table tops. And I was such a Southern boy, I wanted to turn her into Mrs. June Cleaver.″

When their marriage broke up, Reynolds, said, ″I lost all interest in women, I just couldn’t go out with anyone ... She broke my heart, she really did.″

Reynolds didn’t remarry for decades, but did have a long relationship with Shore, whom he met on her talk show.

She asked him to dinner afterward at her home, where she cooked fried chicken, black-eyed peas, grits and cornbread and sang ″Someone to Watch Over Me″ to him in her living room, Reynolds said.

On Field, Reynolds said: ″I don’t think she loved me any more than I loved her but ... there were problems.″

He met Anderson on ″The Merv Griffin Show″ in 1978.

″The first thing that impressed me about Loni was that she wasn’t an airhead,″ he said.

A year and a half later, he first asked her for a date. They eventually married.

Reynolds said he was addicted to Halcion for more than four years after he hurt his jaw while making the 1984 film ″City Heat.″ The pain from the injury was so intense that he took five to six pills at a time and as many as 50 a day.

He went into a coma and nearly died when he tried to quit cold turkey, he said.

Halcion came under scrutiny earlier this year when President Bush, who was taking the drug to get to sleep during an overseas trip, vomited and collapsed at a state dinner in Japan.

The popular sleeping aid, which has been linked to memory loss and hallucinations, was banned in Great Britain in October. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing its safety.