Jeff Bridges is one of those few veteran movies stars that can be said to be very natural and least self-conscious when in character. He is a seven-time nominee of the Academy Awards and has won one for his superb performance in Crazy Heart (2009). He made his first on-screen role as an infant when he starred alongside his mother in The Company She Keeps (1951), little did they know then that the little Bridges would belong to the screen but today it is obvious that he was born with entertainment in his genes.
He was a troublesome teenager so was sent off to military school to be more disciplined but the young Bridges hated every minute of it and was eventually returned to a public high school. His creativity got the better part of him and rather than study, he spent his time with music and selling compositions to music producers. Upon graduating, he found his way into the movies proper after being inspired by his elder brother Beau who was already in the movie business.
Date of Birth: December 4, 1949
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Acting for Jeff was just the natural thing to do as he had a father who was renowned in the industry. He is candid about benefitting from nepotism but is obvious enough that that is not what has earned him all the accolades in his over 5-decades-long career. Read on to get to know more about the Bridges family starting from his birth parents down to his daughters.
Lloyd Vernet Bridges (father)
Date of Birth: January 15, 1913
Date of Death: March 10, 1998 (aged 85)
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Lloyd was a prolific performer and is remembered as being the star of many land and underwater productions. It is true that Jeff learnt the basics of acting from his dad and got his foot into acting thanks to his father’s status; The Last Picture Show (1971) star has however stated that the major thing he learned from the famous Lloyd was the joy and love with which he approached his work. It was so obvious that Bridges was truly doing what he enjoyed and it was this same vibe that distinguished him each time he was on set.
More than just being a legendary performer, his kids see him as a great father and his wife never stopped loving him. He is forever remembered as one of the greats and his legacy lives on in his sons’ thriving careers.
Dorothy Dean Bridges (mother)
Date of Birth: September 19, 1915
Date of Death: February 16, 2009 (aged 93)
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Dorothy met Lloyd at a University fraternity, she was acting a small theatrical campus play at the time and he was her “leading man” in the play. They started as friends but their love grew and by 1938 they were married. Within a few years, they became parents to four kids and both lovers continued as a couple until Lloyd’s death in 1998.
Dorothy was an actress herself as she made her debut film role in the movie Finders Keepers (1921). She continued all her life as an actress and was seen mostly in roles where she acted alongside member of her family.
In all, she was an awesome wife, a great mother to her children and was also the first to introduce them to the acting profession by doubling as a mother and drama teacher. Dorothy encouraged her kids to have a daily “pretend” hour where each of them eventually learnt the basics of acting. All through her 59 years of being married to Bridges, Dorothy was known for writing love poems to him on every Valentine’s Day. She also wrote a book centred on her blissful marriage. In 2009, the 93-year old “hub” of the Bridges family died in her home of age-related causes.
Beau Bridges (elder brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: December 9, 1941
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Jeff and Beau make a pair of celebrity brothers that have become one of Hollywood’s favorite siblings. They have garnered 15 Emmy nominations, 8 Golden Globes and 7 nods for the Oscars.
In details: Beau Bridges’s wife and kids
This is indeed incredible feat for both brothers and they remain today as close as they were when the two Bridges boys were much younger. Like Jess, Beau was also brought into the movie business thanks to their father’s popular show, Sea Hunt (1958 – 1961).
Garrett Myles Bridges (elder brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: June 14, 1948
Date of Death: August 3, 1948 (aged 7 weeks)
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Garrett was the second child in the Bridges family but died sadly due to Sudden Infant Death syndrome at barely 2 months.
Cindy Bridges (younger sister from same parents)
Year of Birth: 1950
She was born Lucinda Louise Bridges but goes by the name Cindy. She is an occasional actress but works majorly as an artist. Cindy is known to be married to a man named Cunningham and has a son with him but is extremely secretive about her personal life.
Susan Bridges (nee Geston) (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: June 5, 1977 till present
Year of Birth: 1953
Geston worked her way through college working as a waitress and doing odd jobs. She had just been involved in a car accident when she met with Jeff in 1974 at the ranch where she worked. He was working on the movie Rancho Deluxe (1975) at the time but her black eyes and broken nose didn’t deter the young actor from falling in love with her. She initially wasn’t interested as she wasn’t ready to be a part of the famous Lloyd Bridges family but eventually gave in to Jeff after they met again at a party. They dated for about three years and got married after she gave him an ultimatum.
According to the famous Heaven’s Gate (1980) actor, their marriage wasn’t smooth from the get go but they have managed to stay together and even become parents to three adult kids. She is an actress and producer known for Forbidden Zone (1980) and Cold Feet (1989).
Isabelle Annie Bridges (daughter with Susan Geston)
Date of Birth: August 6, 1981
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Isabelle is the first child to the movie star and she has taken after her father by joining in his profession also. She is known for her role on Termini Station (1989) and is now a mother to Grace Louise Bridges (born March 31, 2011) from her 2007 Californian wedding to Brandon Boesch.
Jessica Lily Bridges (daughter with Susan Geston)
Date of Birth: June 14, 1983
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
She is the second daughter to the famous Bridges son and is living unlike her father of the radar of the media.
Haley Roselouise Bridges (daughter with Susan Geston)
Date of Birth: October 17, 1985
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Haley prefers to be private with her personal life so there is not much that can be said about her.