"I know what it’s like to be loved and to love" expresses Ted Danson in many interviews where he speaks of his wife Mary.
New love, breakups, and divorces are all part of the lifecycle of Hollywood couples. However, there is one couple living their own fairytale and making your heart believe in old cliches about love. Even after 27 years of togetherness Ted Danson's admiration for his wife, Mary Steenburgen, 69, remains strong as ever. The 'Bookclub' actress and the 'Good place' actor have managed to keep their love more than alive. The couple had met on the set of 'Pontiac Moon' in 1993 after their previous heartbreaks and had made up their mind to never love again, reports Closer Weekly.
Ted Danson, 74, expresses how grateful he feels to have her as a partner, “There’s always fear, and it’s all the human stuff,” he says. “Jobs, work, money, kids, health. Usually, when I have a fearful thought, I flip it into gratitude. Like, if I think, Oh dear, where’s Mary? She’s not home. Something must have happened, I tell myself, Thank God, I have the opportunity to be married to a woman whom I love so much. Because that love is what makes me afraid that she might be hurt or something. I tell myself, 'Aren’t you lucky?'”
Danson had gone through two well-known breakups and one of them included a 30 million dollar settlement. He had recently divorced his second wife, Casey Coates, and broken up with Whoopi Goldberg after an 18-month relationship. Steenburgen, similarly, was a single mother after divorcing her first husband Malcolm McDowell in 1990. She had even declared "I announced to all my friends — not dramatically, but very seriously — that I was done with relationships." During the five years of shooting and friendship, love revived. "We paddled in sync. We went out as friends and by the time we came back, we were in love." said the actor. In an interview with AARP, in 2017, it was disclosed that even though many believed that Ted helped Mary move on, it was actually the other way round. "I was a mess-and-a-half. I thought I’m incapable of being in a relationship. But I was working on myself. Ironic how life works in those moments. Once you throw your arms up and surrender, a lot of times things come your way," said Ted. Danson credits Steenburgen with helping him quiet an undercurrent of anxiety that no level of fame or success can quite squelch.
The duo got married in October 1995, reports Us Weekly, and fostered four beautiful children and three grandchildren. The couple is unapologetically gaga over each other. "I’m madly in love with Mary Steenburgen. She’s a remarkable human being so I’m just incredibly blessed. It feels like heaven on Earth. If I were to die, I can say, I know what it’s like to be loved and to love. I like the way Mary laughs and smiles. I like her willingness to say yes to leap off tall buildings of life. I love her sense of fairness and right and wrong. And I don’t think you’re supposed to say this when you’re almost 70, but she’s very sexy." expressed Ted for Mary. "I get nervous around her because I want to impress her" added Ted.
Mary doesn't hold back. According to People, Mary joyfully expressed, "He does tell me every single day of my life I’m beautiful, and I do know a lot of women live without that. And it does matter, someone just telling you that. I’m ridiculously in love with him. I find him endlessly fascinating. He surprises me all the time and most of all he makes me laugh." Even before she had met Ted, Mary found immense joy in his show 'Cheers', a funny show about a playboy, Sam Malone. "When I was going through sad times, I’d watch Cheers at the end of the day to make me feel better," she added.
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