Finding love isn't always the hard part. Staying together for the long haul can be challenging. Which is why we get our inspiration from some of the best couples out there. And Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston are one of them.
Jeff, 68 and Susan, 64, have been married for forty years and their love continues to grow strong. In fact, it's said that Jeff even carries a special photo of her in his wallet which he said captured the beginning of their relationship.
How they met
Many years ago, Susan was waiting tables as a way to pay for college while Jeff was in the area to film a movie, Rancho Deluxe. It was love at first sight, Jeff once said on the Conan O'Brien show. He saw her and knew he had to ask her out. But initially, she said no.
They met a few days later which gave them the perfect scene to dance and get to know each other. By the time filming was over in 1970, she moved back to California with Jeff.
Things heated up fast but the couple took it slow. The road to marriage was not so smooth. Jeff was afraid of commitment but Susan was a woman who knew what she wanted. She gave Jeff an ultimatum and it was at that point he realized he did not want to lose her. Sharing what that moment felt like, Jeff said to OWN:
I had this vision of an old guy thinking there was this girl from Montana, man, why didn't I marry her.
Marriage and family
He proposed to her in 1977 and they got married only days later.
Jeff later learned that while marriage may seem like the doors are closing, it was actually an open doorway leading to such wonderful things like "kids, deeper intimacy, adventures, and everything else."
Today, the couple has three daughters and one grandchild. They have even helped each other in their careers by going on to 50 movies together.
Of course, no marriage is perfect and theirs was not without its struggles. The couple fought a lot in those first years until they figured out the best way to communicate.
When he spoke to AARP, Jeff revealed that each one took turns talking without interruption so one would always hear what the other was saying.
Both Jeff and Susan are dedicated to making their marriage work. "My wife supports me and it makes me love her more," Jeff once said.