Jeff Bridges and his wife, Susan Geston, have one of Hollywood's most beautiful love stories. From the latter's initial refusal to go on a date to finally accepting and eventually getting married, the pair's marriage journey inspires many. Here is a look inside the couple's longtime union.
Jeff Bridges is one of the most famous American movie stars and is well known for his versatility. With a stellar career in Hollywood spanning over seven decades, the icon has bagged many accolades and has appeared in multiple films.
Some of them include "The Big Lebowski," "Iron Man," "Tron: Legacy," and "King Kong." Interestingly, there is more to Bridges than being a movie star. The actor is also a doting and loyal husband to his longtime wife, Susan Geston.
Susan Bridges and Jeff Bridges, June 16. 1986. | Source: Getty Images
In a chaotic world filled with stories of failed marriages, especially in Hollywood, Bridges, and Geston have endured a very long and successful union since 1977. The couple first met in 1975, while Bridges was filming the movie "Rancho Deluxe" in Montana.
While shooting a scene at a place called Chico Hot Springs, the actor laid his eyes on the woman of his dreams, and it was love at first sight. Bridges recalled:
"I couldn't take my eyes off her. Not only was she gorgeous, but she had two black eyes and a recently broken nose (from a car accident, I later learned.) Something about her beauty and disfigurement kept me riveted."
Susan Bridges and Jeff Bridges at the opening of the Camp Beverly Hills Boutique. | Source: Getty Images
After work, the actor approached Geston and asked her on a date, but unfortunately, the feeling was not mutual. She turned down his request, and Bridges asked again, but her answer remained negative.
Luckily for the actor, fate was on his side as he met Geston again, and this time, they would begin their love journey.
THE BEGINNING OF THE COUPLE'S LONG-LASTING ROMANCE
Susan Geston and Jeff Bridges, Star Of The Upcoming "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" attends The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. | Source: Getty Images
Sometime after their first meeting, Bridges and his wife did run into each other again. They danced the night away on their second meeting, and it did not take long for the actor to fall in love.
The following day, the lovebirds had their first official date. Bridges had scheduled a meeting with a local real estate agent to see a property, and he invited Geston.
The pair walked around, looking at a ranch house on the river, and while at it, Bridges had many thoughts on his mind.
Susan Geston and Jeff Bridges attend the premiere of 20th Century FOX's "Bad Times At The El Royale" at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
He felt that he was on a date with his future wife, but at the same time, he was scared of commitment. In his words:
"I couldn't bear to let the love of my life slip through my fingers, but at the same time, I was afraid of declaring, 'This is the one!' I was crazy in love."
Bridges struggled with his fears and thoughts for two years before finally asking for Geston's hand in marriage.
Susan Geston and Jeff Bridges arrive at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awardsat The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
During a 2015 interview, the actor confessed that Geston had threatened to leave due to his hesitation.
He realized that he could not let the woman of his dreams go, and he was left with no option but to pop the question.
Even though he struggled with his fear of commitment, the actor was assured that he could always get a divorce if the marriage did not work out.
INSIDE THE COUPLE'S MARRIAGE
eff Bridges visits "Extra" at Burbank Studios on December 13, 2019 in Burbank, California. | Source: Getty Images
A few days after asking Geston to marry him, Bridges and his leading woman invited their friends to their wedding.
The ceremony took place in June 1977, and not long after, the couple expanded their family. The actor and his wife welcomed three lovely daughters, Isabelle Bridges, Jessica Lily Bridges, and Haley Roselouise Bridges.
Jeff has done very well in the marriage institution for a man who battled with fear of commitment. He and Geston's union turned out to be the best decision, as the actor has consistently shown how much he is still madly in love with his wife.
Jeff holding a picture of him asking Geston out when they met. | Source: youtube.com/OWN
For example, in 1987, Jeff received a note from one of the employees who worked with the film crew while he was shooting "Rancho Deluxe." The note the actor received was also accompanied by two pictures of Jeff asking Geston out when they met.
The snapshots meant a lot to the actor, and during a 2015 interview with OWN, he revealed that the snaps had been in his possession since that day. Jeff said:
"I have them in my pocket; they're my prized possessions. To have pictures, what are the odds of that?"
Jeff holding a picture of Geston taken the day they met. | Source: youtube.com/OWN
Then he showed one of the photos to the camera, which was an image of Geston, and with a smile on his face, Jeff asked:
"Isn't she gorgeous?"
GESTON, JEFF'S SUPPORT SYSTEM
Jeff Bridges, Susan Bridges, and their daughter arrive at "Crazy Heart" Los Angeles Premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California on December 8, 2009. | Source: Getty Images
Jeff and Geston will celebrate 45 years of marital bliss in June 2022, and the former cannot be more grateful for having his woman by his side.
Not only is Geston a doting wife, but she is also her husband's support system. The actor once opened up about his wife and how much of a blessing she is.
According to Jeff, Geston points out ways that he defeats himself. For example, whenever the actor gets scared of taking on a new project, his wife is always there.
Actor Jeff Bridges and wife Susan Bridges arrive at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 23, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
She reminds him that he consistently exhibits fear when asked to do something new. In that instance, Jeff admits Geston's words are true and pushes the fear aside. Jeff once noted:
"We've been doing this so long, and we care for each other so much, that our relationship is most precious thing for both of us."
The Hollywood icon believes that changing partners every time things get tough or a little dissatisfying will only hinder people from enjoying the "richness" of long-term relationships.
Susan Geston arrives with husband Jeff Bridges at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
For Jeff, Geston's constant support despite the difficulties makes him love her even more. According to the "King Kong" star, getting a divorce is not an option.
Whenever challenging times arise in a relationship, Jeff believes they are opportunities for couples to get to know each other better and become more intimate.
Actor Jeff Bridges, wife Susan Bridges, and their daughters arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, | Source: Getty Images
Meanwhile, Geston may be known as the woman to have captured Jeff's heart, but there are some unknown details about her life.
Born in 1953 and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Geston is also a producer with production credits in "Forbidden Zone," "Stay Hungry," "Cold Feet," and many others.