An ailing BURT REYNOLDS got the best medicine of all when his ex-flame SALLY FIELD called him after he was released from the hospi­tal following a nasty bout with the flu.

“Sally was worried and called to encourage him,” a friend told The ENQUIRER. “She told him, ‘You get better now and I’ll see what I can do about finding a great role for you.’”

The two were once Holly­wood’s top power couple, and now Sally is flying high again with her Oscar-nominated role in “Lincoln.” Meanwhile, as The ENQUIRER reported, Burt was rushed to the hos­pital on Jan. 25 with a case of the flu so severe it put him in inten­sive care for a couple of days.

“Sally remembers her years with Burt as some of the best of her life,” noted the friend. “Before he got sick, Burt called her to say that seeing her do so well in ‘Lincoln’ brought tears to his eyes.

“Burt also talked about how much he missed his glory days on the big screen. That got Sally thinking about using her influence to get him one last great role, but before she could act, Burt fell ill.”

Now 77, Burt was America’s top box-office draw when he dated Sally from 1976 to 1981. But in recent years he’s battled health problems that led to back surgery, prescription drug de­pendency and quintuple heart bypass surgery. He’s also suf­fered financial woes, and cred­itors have filed a foreclosure lawsuit on his Hobe Sound, Fla., home, claiming he owes $1.2 million.

Burt’s last big screen gig was a small role on the 2011 TV movie “Reel Love.” He’s back teach­ing acting classes at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theater in Jupiter, Fla. AND NationalENQUIRER.com has learned he’s also currently lensing an ep of USA’s popular spy series “Burn Notice”.

But now Burt has Sally, 66, in his corner, and she’s said to be targeting “Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg and several other Hollywood honchos about hiring him.

“Sally’s romance with Burt may have ended more than 30 years ago,” said the source, “but she’d still do anything for him.”