Who is Jeff Bridges' wife? Actor trained to walk daughter Hayley down the aisle after cancer-Covid battle

'The first goal was how long can I stand up, and my record was 45 seconds, that's how long I could stand up,' explained Jeff Bridges

Who is Jeff Bridges' wife? Actor trained to walk daughter Hayley down the aisle after cancer-Covid battle
Jeff Bridges with his wife Susan Geston (L) attended their daughter Hayley Bridges' wedding (R) in 2021 for which Bridges had to physically train to stand (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT, Instagram/@annebarge)
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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Jeff Bridges' daughter got married and the actor revealed that he had to hire a trainer in order to walk her down the aisle and stand for merely "45 seconds." The actor had been dangling off the edge for a while due to his battle with cancer and Covid-19, which he explained left him at "death's door." Hayley Bridges got married in California's Santa Ynez Valley in August 2021 and the actor had to physically prepare for the occasion. 

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Hayley Bridges, 37, an interior designer, married Justin Shane, last year in a beautiful ceremony where the 'Iron Man' actor could be seen in full form, however, the wide smile on the proud father did not come easy. While speaking to Independent, the 72-year-old actor got candid and explained how his health issues had left him so weak that he had to work with a trainer to even stand for 45 seconds. He said, "The first goal was how long can I stand up, and my record was 45 seconds, that's how long I could stand up. And then it was, how many steps can I take?" After working with his trainer relentlessly every day, he saw progress. He continued, "One day I said, 'Maybe I can do it, you know.' And it turns out I not only got to walk her down the aisle, but I got to do the wedding dance."

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The reason why Bridges was left vulnerable and in a questionable position was due to his health issues. He told Sky News that Covid only worsened the situation as his immune system was already dwindling due to chemo. He fought non-Hodgkin lymphoma (a cancer of the lymphatic system). He explained, "I got cancer and chemo and then COVID on top of that. And the chemo stripped me of my immune system so I got the COVID pretty bad. I was sick for about two years and [it was] very dreamlike, you know." All this while he was accompanied and supported by his wife of 45 years Susan Geston. 

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Who is Jeff Bridges' wife?

Jeff Bridges is a one-woman man and he has been married to Susan Geston for 45 years. The couple tied the knot in 1977 and Geston has previously explained that she was 21 when the couple met which is when Bridges sealed the deal with her. Geston herself is a film producer and an actor known for 'Forbidden Zone' (1980), 'Cold Feet' (1989) and 'Extra' (1994). Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, she met Bridges in Paradise Valley, Montana while she was waitressing to pay for the college tuition as the actor was in town to film 'Rancho Deluxe'. 45 years later, the couple shares three children - Isabelle, Jessica, and Hayley. 

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Susan Geston (L) and Jeff Bridges attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Susan Geston (L) and Jeff Bridges attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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When Bridges was struggling to stay alive during his health issues, Geston was in a tight spot too. In an interview with PEOPLE, she said, "We didn't know if he would recover. I said, 'Save his life. No matter what you have to do.'" Talking about the 1.5 years where Bridges was sick, Geston said, "It's all like a bad dream now. And now's the good dream part." The couple has publicly talked about the relationship and broadcast the fact that it was love at first sight on both sides. 

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