Princess Diana really did send a note to Burt Reynolds about he and his ex-wife, Loni Anderson. So check that long-time rumor as accurate.
Anderson confirmed the rumor during an appearance on Bravo late last week. She was married to the late Burt Reynolds from 1988-93. And when their marriage broke up, the news made headlines around the world. After all, Reynolds was one of the biggest box-office draws in the world. And, the ladies loved him.
Meanwhile, the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles officially fell apart the year before. That’s when the two members of the British Royal Family separated.
Princess Diana wrote to Reynolds and thanked him for knocking her marital problems from the top of the tabloid news. It seems that the Reynolds-Anderson split was dramatic enough to draw attention away from the daily gossip that defined Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Anderson Confirmed Princess Diana Note to Burt Reynolds and Herself
Anderson was a guest on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live talk show. And she did a segment answering viewers questions. One viewer asked her if Princess Diana ever sent a note to her ex husband.
“Yes, it’s true,” Anderson replied.
Cohen was stunned. He said: “No way. Wow. That’s incredible. “
The divorce of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was official in 1996. He remarried. But in 1997, Diana died from injuries she suffered in a Paris car wreck in 1997. Her death stunned the world, leaving her young boys, William and Harry, without a mother.
More than two decades later, tabloids are covering Prince William and Prince Harry every day, with their brotherly relationship in a bad place.
In 1993, when Princess Diana sent the letter, the movie career of Burt Reynolds was starting to wane. Theater owners voted Reynolds as the top box office draw in the world for five straight years from 1978-82. So he was a decade removed from that status.
However, Reynolds was in the midst of a successful run with the TV show Evening Shade. He played a retired pro football player who returned to Arkansas to coach a high school team. The show ran from 1990-94. Reynolds won an Emmy and Golden Globe for outstanding actor in a comedy series.
Two months after Princess Diana died in 1997, Burt Reynolds was a co-star in the movie, Boogie Nights. He earned a best supporting actor nominations for the Oscars and Golden Globes for his performance.
Reynolds died in 2018 of a heart attack. He was 82. After his divorce from Anderson, he never remarried.