“Buddy,” a warm voice said, “who was your best girl in high school?”
Reynolds, Jupiter’s hometown movie star, looked into the crowd and smiled.
“Well, I can’t see,” said the actor and director, there promoting his memoir “But Enough About Me,” “but I have a feeling it was you.”
And thus began the reunion between Burt Reynolds and Ann Lawlor Scurry, of Singer Island, who dated at Palm Beach High School back in the 1950s. Scurry, who got a kiss and a signed book from Reynolds after his speech, told her story to Closer Weekly magazine.
“He was my first love. And he says I was the love of his life,” she told the magazine, adding that he signed her book with the inscription “I loved you then, and I love you now!”
Scurry told Closer that after a first date to a beach party, and her “first real kiss” on Everglades Island, “where everybody went to park,” the two dated for two years, when Reynolds was the “very popular” halfback of the school’s football team, which made her feel “on top of the world, being his girlfriend.”
Through their relationship, Scurry told Closer, she spent holidays with his family, who “treated me like their daughter.” The high school romance was “not just a crush - not just a little thing you do for a while and forget. It was intense and serious- I was so in love with him that I thought we would always be together,” to the point where they’d named their future son Rick, “because Burt said it sounded like a great name for a football player.”
However, there would be no Rick Reynolds. Scurry told the magazine that she and Burt parted after he moved to New York to pursue acting rather than join her in Maryland, where she was living, for college. According to Closer, the two had a fling in 1975, while both were single, but “in the end we just faded away.
“We never really forgot each other — we just got on with our lives.”