Actor Burt Reynolds and country music “First Lady” Tammy Wynette were once an object. And the tabloids ate them both, so they loved them together. Read on to learn more about Reynolds and Wynette’s adventure and how to be their friend Loretta Lynn helped her hide from her famous ex, singer and actor, Dinah Shore.
When did Burt Reynolds and Tammy Wynette meet?
According to Cocaine and Rhinestones, Reynolds and the “First Lady of the Country” met in 1975 after a painful divorce from her third husband, the legendary George Jones.
The first night Wynette and Reynolds met, they went out with a group of friends, but ended up socializing alone at the end of the night. They did it again the next day and then spent the night together.
The unexpected relationship caught the attention of the sensationalist newspapers and the images of the stars together reached the public. But Wynette began to distance herself from Reynolds because of her recently ended relationship with Shore.
Loretta Lynn learned that Tammy Wynette was dating Burt Reynolds when she found her hiding from Dinah Shore.
The end of Shore’s romance with Reynolds may have overlapped with Wynette’s first night with him, so she rejected his attempts to see her at least once. When she visited Los Angeles and was scheduled to do a show hosted by Shore, she told Reynolds she was too busy to date.
But as a “singing” companion and close friend of Wynette’s, Lynn found out about their relationship when her friend hid from Shore in her dressing room (according to NPR). That’s when Wynette told Lynn she would be “with” Reynolds and the “Fist City” singer joked, “Oh my God! You’re a good friend of Dinah’s!
Whether Shore or not, Reynolds and Wynette seemed to keep much of their romance a secret. She allegedly had real feelings for him, but she may have responded by trying to sabotage their relationship, according to some who knew her.
Because Reynolds was considerably more famous than Wynette, she kept up with her other dinner companions during her time as a lover. Therefore, some observers have speculated that he made decisions aimed at making him jealous in return. And she has also openly dated other stars, including her ex-husband Jones.
Burt Reynolds was not Tammy Wynette’s “white gentleman.”
Reynolds and Wynette’s relationship seemed to turn on and off relatively quickly. Although it was reported that both sides seemed serious with each other at different times, their flame eventually faded. He later said that Sally Field was the love of his life.
Most of them would think it was over when Wynette married her fourth husband. And when she left him soon after, she soon married her fifth husband. She was with him until his death in 1998, but his daughters believed that their marriage was in serious trouble.
Unfortunately, some people who met Wynette agreed that she “never found what she was looking for,” which was “A white knight, a charming prince, that heart of gold.” (For NPR.)
But he once said, “My life is not a fairy tale,” and added, “I’m not a Snow White.”
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