As we are constantly inundated with headlines about the next Hollywood couple’s relationship to fail, it is always nice to learn about a pair that has lasted the test of time.
Take, for example, cinematic star Jeff Bridges, 72.
In Hollywood, the actor is a novelty. He has always been devoted to Susan, his wife whom he married in 1977.
And, after 45 years of marriage, Jeff Bridges claims his wedding is still getting better.
Bridges has been one of Hollywood’s most lasting and renowned movie actors for years. He had his breakthrough in the 1970s, winning Oscar nods for his parts in The Last Picture Show and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, both starring Clint Eastwood.
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He went on to achieve fame in hits such as King Kong and Tron, as well as praised performances in films such as Starman and The Fisher King. His most famous part, however, came in 1998, when he played “The Dude” in the cult classic The Big Lebowski, which sparked fan rituals and its own philosophy (and countless orders of White Russians at bars.)
The veteran actor met his wife, Susan Geston, while filming the western comedy Rancho Deluxe in 1975. Susan worked as a waitress on a ranch near Chico Hot Spring, where a hot bath scene was filmed.
Jeff Bridges wrote in 2014 that they were filming a scene in a hot tub at Chico Hot Springs when he noticed this girl. He couldn’t take his gaze away from her. She was not only beautiful, but she also had two black eyes and a freshly broken nose from a car accident, he later learned. Something about her beauty and ugliness was spellbound.
But Jeff would have to work hard to win Susan’s heart. Jeff once asked the lovely waitress out after work, but she declined.
He inquired again a few days later, but received the same response. Susan, on the other hand, offered him optimism by adding, it’s a tiny town; perhaps they’ll bump into each other later.
They eventually met on a night off from work after a long time.
After a night of dancing, the two hit it off, and it wasn’t long before the waitress gathered her belongings and followed Bridges back to California.
The two dated for a while, and while Geston desired to marry, Bridges was hesitant to make such a commitment.
Bridges warned Geston in 1977 that if he didn’t marry her, she would go her own way. Bridges realized he’d live with the guilt of letting his love go.
Jeff explained he said to himself, ‘Oh God, I can’t let this woman go.’ He got this idea of an old person wondering, gosh, why didn’t he marry this girl from Montana?”
So he proposed, and the pair married just a few days later.
Bridges and Geston are still very much in love after 45 years. They’ve learnt a lot about communicating and sticking together during difficult times. They have three daughters who are all grown up and one grandchild.
Isabelle, their eldest daughter, was born in 1981. The other two girls, Haley and Jessica, were born in 1985 and 1983, respectively.
Bridges has stated that he still gazes at his wife with the same affection that he had the first time he noticed her serving tables.
Bridges added that what one does not realise until one gets married is that one believes all other doors closing which is true. However, the gateway you open with marriage is a hallway lined with all these other amazing doors – children, greater connection, experiences, and everything else.
Of course, no partnership is without disagreement. Bridges and his wife, on the other hand, have understood to face rough patches together, which implies communicating regularly, freely, and truthfully.
Bridges remarked that one does not receive the fullness that’s possible in a long-term relationship if you switch your partners every time it gets rough or you feel a bit unsatisfied.
Further adding that they are quite varied as individuals, and they celebrate that instead of allowing it to divide them. He likes her intelligence, and he is sure the daughters do as well. He feels he has been quite fortunate.
Bridges believes his marriage is just getting better after 45 years. He explained, ‘what they don’t tell you about marriage is that it just gets better on all levels.’
This beautiful story is hope for all in love and long-term partnerships.
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