SALLY Field has revealed she was sexually abused by her stepfather until she was 14 and had a secret abortion in Mexico when she was 17.
The double Oscar winning actress has written a tell-all memoir and shared the revelations in an interview with the New York Times to promote it.
Sally said she kept the abuse quiet because "she didn't know she had a voice".
She finally opened up to her mother about it in 2012 – as her mum was battling cancer.
Margaret Field, also an actress, married stuntman Jocko Mahoney in the Fifties, and Sally said he abused her until she was 14.
Sally, 71, writes in her memoir: "It would have been so much easier if I'd only felt one thing, if Jocko had been nothing but cruel and frightening.
"But he wasn't. He could be magical, the Pied Piper with our family as his entranced followers."
He would call Sally to his bedroom alone.
"I knew," Sally writes in the excerpts revealed by the Times.
The Mrs Doubtfire star told her mother it was not a one time incident, but a series of offences throughout her adolescence.
She adds: "I felt both a child, helpless, and not a child. Powerful. This was power.
"And I owned it. But I wanted to be a child — and yet."
She also went on to explain that in her teens she had a "sexual awakening" and aged 17 had a secret abortion in Tijuana, Mexico.
The book also details her "confusing, complicated" relationship with the late Burt Reynolds.
As well as being in a relationship in the Seventies, the pair starred in several films together, including Smokey and the Bandit.
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In the book, the star describes Reynolds as both "swaggering and charismatic," but also controlling.
She also describes his alleged use of Percodan, Valium and barbiturates.
However Sally said she is glad he will never have to read it – he died on September 6.
She said: "I felt glad that he wasn't going to read it, he wasn't going to be asked about it, and he wasn't going to have to defend himself or lash out, which he probably would have.
"I did not want to hurt him any further."
Sally ws married to Peter Craig from 1968 to 1975 – they have two sons Peter, 48, and Eli, 46.
She was also married to Alan Greisman from 1984 to 1993. They have a son, Sam, 30.
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