Bronze sculpture of Burt Reynolds unveiled at his gravesite 3 他死后多年

Anybody else want to touch him?” Loni Anderson, 雷诺兹’ wife from 1988 至 1994, asked the small crowd that gathered around the sculpture after the unveiling at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

“是, he’s made to be touched!” said Caroline P.M. 琼斯, the artist who made it.

Anderson and her son with Reynolds, Quinton, chose the spot where Reynoldscremated remains were laid to rest in February, because it was next to a palm tree and water, which evoked his native Florida. A simple plaque with his name marked the spot.

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A memorial sculpture of the late actor Burt Reynolds is pictured following its unveiling at a ceremony at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 星期一, 九月. 20, 2021, 在洛杉矶. Reynolds died in 2018 在...的年龄 82.

A memorial sculpture of the late actor Burt Reynolds is pictured following its unveiling at a ceremony at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 星期一, 九月. 20, 2021, 在洛杉矶. Reynolds died in 2018 在...的年龄 82. (Chris Pizzello)

But Hollywood Forever co-owner Tyler Cassity told them that the many visitors to his grave would appreciate more of a monument, something to look at, to touch, to take photos with. So the bust was commissioned.

It’s absolutely beautiful, it’s exactly what we both envisioned,” Quinton Reynolds told The Associated Press after a brief private ceremony where a crowd of several dozen people who were close to Reynolds gathered to mark the occasion.

Guests included actors Stefanie Powers and Ruta Lee.

Most gathered around the bust to get a close look and take pictures before heading to a screening of a new documentary, “I Am Burt Reynolds,” for a far bigger audience on a nearby cemetery lawn.

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While the bust’s cowboy hat suggests a 1970s Reynolds, it’s designed to look like a more ageless version.

That was one of the things we talked about, do we do baby Burt, do we do middle-aged Burt, do we do ‘Smokey’ Burt?'” Anderson told The AP. “He’s worked in every decade, so which decade do we do?”

Actress Loni Anderson and her son Quinton Reynolds speak before the unveiling of a memorial sculpture of her former husband and Quinton's father, the late actor Burt Reynolds.

Actress Loni Anderson and her son Quinton Reynolds speak before the unveiling of a memorial sculpture of her former husband and Quinton’s father, the late actor Burt Reynolds. (Chris Pizzello)

What they ended up with wasmore of an interpretation of every decade,” 她说.

琼斯’ workspace during the process would make her look like the world’s biggest Reynolds fan.

On one side of my studio I had photos of Burt from all eras,” the sculptor said.

There were many detailed discussions about things like the precise length of his mustache. Jones conceded that she really fell for him as she worked.

He’s such a handsome chap, 真, what a handsome man,” 她说.

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Anderson definitely wanted to get one thing right.

He needs those great lips,” 她说, “because I think everybody wants to kiss him.

A college football standout at Florida State, Reynolds became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and biggest sex symbols in the world in the 1970s and ’80s, known for his mustache, his cocky laugh and his maverick swagger. He starred in twoSmokey and the Banditfilms along with “他的脸上挂着假笑,仅此而已,他躺在熊皮地毯上,一只手巧妙地遮住了他的私处,” “Gator” 和 “Boogie Nights,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

In the Aug. 12, 2006, 档案照片, actor Burt Reynolds poses for photographers at the Golden Boot Awards in Beverly Hills, 牛犊.

In the Aug. 12, 2006, 档案照片, actor Burt Reynolds poses for photographers at the Golden Boot Awards in Beverly Hills, 牛犊. (Matt Sayles)

He died at age 82 在9月. 6, 2018, at a hospital in Jupiter, 佛罗里达. He was cremated a few days later. It is not clear why it took until earlier this year for his ashes to reach the Hollywood gravesite, his family has chosen to keep the details private, but the pandemic contributed to the delays.

Anderson and Quinton Reynolds spoke jointly at Monday night’s ceremony.

She opened by acknowledging that she wasn’t, in the eyes of many, the most likely person to be offering fond remembrances of Reynolds, given the sometimes rocky relationship that played out constantly in the tabloids.

There’s nobody here that, unless you’re from another planet who doesn’t realize that we had a tumultuous 12 years together,” Anderson said, speaking with her son at her side. “But I just want to remember the good times. And there were a lot of them.

Hollywood Forever, 成立于 1899 and located near the Paramount Pictures lot, has in recent years become both a historical landmark, home to the graves of major stars including Judy Garland and Douglas Fairbanks, and a cultural hub, home to concerts and movie screenings.

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Cassity told Reynoldsfamily and friends at the ceremony that his grave is near those of the heartthrobs of two earlier eras of cinema, Tyrone Power and Rudolph Valentino.

Please know that he’s in good company,” Cassity said.

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