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Jeff Bridges Reveals Award-Winning Secret

Feb. 22 2010, Published 5:28 a.m. ET

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Jeff Bridges recently walked away with a Golden Globe for his leading role in Crazy Heart and with multiple Academy Award nominations (and a potential statuette come March 7) under his belt, the veteran actor revealed the secret to his success: marriage.

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"Well, I'm deeply in love with this girl, man," he told GQ. "My wife Sue should get a credit on all my movies. I wouldn't be able to do this without her."

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Bridges and Susan Gaston have been married for 34 years since meeting in Montana when he was in town shooting the film Rancho Deluxe.

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The movie star recently ran into legendary director Francis Ford Coppola who echoed the need to have a real life off screen.

"I ran into Coppola not too long ago. I said, 'What you been doing?' He said, 'Just gave a class to a bunch of young actors.' I said, 'What did you teach them?' and he says, 'I taught them the main thing, the most important thing you should do as a young actor: Get married.

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"Think about it all movies, everything, is about love. And having a family. Then you have a purpose for making the money and doing the things you do. It gives you a grounding, to go off and do your stuff. The kite has a string. You go way out there, but you've got this thing grounding you.'"

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