Jeff Bridges has been married to his wife for 45 years. Their relationship, however, did not start off well. Bridges loathed marriage as much as he did dying, and when he initially asked his wife out, she refused.
Since then, the couple has had three kids and developed a lovely life together. Bridges attributes parenting his girls to his wife and has stated that he could not have done it without her.
Bridges’ wife has been by his side through all of his life’s ups and downs, including a dreadful illness. She ensured his health was restored after a heated discussion with his doctors.
Bridges and his wife, Susan, have been married longer than most Hollywood couples and have often said how much they adore one another. Bridges, on the other hand, thought he’d never marry before meeting Susan.
Bridges claimed before meeting Susan that he had always been afraid of getting married. He acknowledged:
“It seemed like it was bringing me one step closer to death. You are born, fall in love, marry, have children, and then what?”
When the young actor laid eyes on a local woman, it was love at first sight for him. She was Susan Geston at the time, and he encountered her while on location filming “Rancho Deluxe” in 1975.
Susan worked as a waiter, and Bridges claimed that he was filming a scene, but he couldn’t tear his gaze away from the gorgeous woman in front of him. He said that she had a fractured nose and two black eyes at the time.
Bridges claimed that the juxtaposition of two black eyes and a damaged nose on Susan’s gorgeous face created a spell on him. He had to get up the nerve to ask her out.
When he finally worked up the guts to ask her out on a date, she turned him down. He couldn’t believe it and questioned if she was serious. She affirmed that she did not wish to date him.
Bridges stated that he was aware that they were filming in a tiny town and that they would most likely see each other again. Bridges’ suspicions were confirmed when she appeared at the film’s closing party, where he claims they danced and fell in love.
He said that they became inseparable after that night and proceeded to create their lives together. On the other hand, Bridges still has a picture of Susan turning down Bridges’ first date offer.
Despite a difficult start, the couple has become renowned in Hollywood, with many admirers idolizing their marriage. They have frequently been asked how they managed to keep their marriage going for so long.
Bridges stated that the simple solution was not to divorce, but the reality was far more complicated. He then added:
“It’s when the big problems, the upheavals, in your relationship arise; those are wonderful opportunities to get to know each other better and get more personal with each other, to try to figure out what makes each other tick.”
The couple married in 1977, and their three daughters are 41, 39, and 36 years old, respectively. Their parents individually adore them, and their parents adore one another.
Bridges has frequently emphasized his respect and care for his family while speaking about them. This year marks the 45th anniversary of his marriage to Susan, and they have three lovely kids.
When asked about the medals he has received over his career, he stated that his wife and children were the greatest of all. He acknowledged:
“They [Susan and her girls] are my true prizes,” she says.
However, the father of the three children stated that he could not take credit for raising his daughters. “I have three great girls, and I credit Sue!” he stated. But he also stated that he made every effort to spend time with his girls.
When asked what his wife did to raise the children, he stated that she did everything she could to keep their family running. He likened their relationship to riding a tandem bicycle. He stated that this was one of the reasons their marriage lasted so long.
Susan and Bridges had a strong connection, and Susan wanted to make sure it remained when Bridges became unexpectedly ill. Bridges was diagnosed with cancer and required chemotherapy.
Bridges contracted the COVID-19 epidemic while finishing his chemo treatment. He was in difficulty because his immune system was already compromised, and his body couldn’t fight the infection as effectively as it could if he were healthy.
After a month of chemo, COVID attacked Bridges’ system in January 2021, and Susan said that it was unknown whether or not Bridges would survive the sickness. It was a scary moment for the family, but Susan stepped up to be the family’s rock.
Susan stated that seeing her husband so ill was distressing for the family, but she made a firm demand to his physicians that he recovers quickly. Susan confirmed this:
“I told him, ‘Save his life.’” Regardless of what you have to accomplish.”
Bridges was not as determined as Susan to have the medical personnel save her husband. Even though doctors told him to fight the illness, he said he was in “surrender mode.”
Bridges, fortunately, conquered the sickness and is now alive and well, spending time with his family. The couple enjoys spending time with their three daughters, three grandchildren, and a dog.