Aging superstar Burt Reynolds may have one foot in the grave, but he’s got his mojo back and vows to celebrate his 80th birthday with a new squeeze!
The “Smokey and the Bandit” star, whose birthday is Feb. 11, is now living out his last days with sultry Rhonda Stearns, 65. The notorious womanizer, who now uses a cane, has a new pep in his doddering step, sources revealed.
“Burt’s been unlucky in love for decades, but all of a sudden he’s got himself a ‘younger woman’ — and he’s smiling!” said an insider.
“Rhonda is stunning, but it isn’t like she hit the jackpot. Burt’s been financially down and out for a long time and he’s in extremely poor health.”
A National ENQUIRER reporter tracked down Rhonda at her Jupiter, Fla., home just before the holidays.
“Burt is a great guy,” said the blonde.
She met Burt while attending his acting class in Florida — and he was charmed.
In an interview, Burt confirmed: “She was one of my students. She’s just a great gal, a lot of fun.”
Burt never remarried after divorcing “WKRP in Cincinnati” star Loni Anderson in 1994. He lived with former cocktail waitress Pam Seals for years, and then Hollywood producer Kate Edelman.
“Burt’s had a rough go of it lately” with his Florida home in foreclosure, added the source, and he’s selling off his Hollywood memorabilia and battling health problems that have him at death’s door.
“But Rhonda’s given him a new lease on life,” said the insider. “Friends wish them only the best!”