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Robert Redford Opens Up Over Losing Son 50 Years Ago

January 23rd, 2011 1:30pm EST

Robert RedfordRobert Redford doubts he will ever fully recover from the tragedy of losing his infant son more than 50 years ago.

The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid star was just 23 when he and his then-wife Lola's first child, Scott, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at two-and-a-half months old.

Redford, now 74, has rarely spoken out about the heartbreak, but admits in a new magazine interview that the young couple blamed itself for the tot's untimely demise - a "scar" he will bear for the rest of his life.

He tells AARP, "It was really hard. We were very young. I had my first theater job, which didn't pay much.

"We didn't know anything about SIDS, so the only thing you think is that you've done something wrong. As a parent, you tend to blame yourself. That creates a scar that probably never completely heals."

Redford went on to have three more children with Lola, before they divorced in 1985 after 27 years of marriage.

He wed his longtime girlfriend Sibylle Szaggars in 2009.

 

Robert Redford

 

Photo Credits: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos


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