When it comes to Hollywood couples, M*A*S*H actor Alan Alda has got to be one of the luckiest in love. Alda has been happily married to his wife, Arlene, for sixty-five years. Now that Alda is eighty-six years old, he has spent most of his life married to his beloved wife – and he would not want to have it any other way.
Alan Alda and Arlene met back in 1957 and have been madly in love ever since. They are a powerful couple who manages to inspire other people looking for a lasting relationship and love. The story of their love began at a college party when the pair met while Alda was still an undergraduate.
The pair met after a rum cake fell on the floor, and they were the only ones willing to still eat it. However, Alda tells the story a bit differently. He and Arlene had already met by the time they had the cake incident and were already attracted to each other. He did confirm that the rum cake incident was real, though.
“We did eat the rum cake off the floor and were inseparable after that. But I was captivated by her even earlier in the meal when I heard her at the end of the table laughing at my jokes. She had me at Ha,” Alda tweeted in 2021.
The pair realized how much they had in common when they both wanted to eat the fallen rum cake. That was the tipping point in their relationship that sparked them to go further and get to know each other even better. They haven’t looked back ever since.
One thing that has helped their marriage last for so many years is that Arlene continues to laugh at Alda’s jokes. Her simple laughter makes him feel heard and appreciated.
As he tells it, “But I was captivated by her even earlier in the meal when I heard her at the end of the table laughing at my jokes. She had me at Ha.”
Alda finished college. After he graduated from university, he tied the knot with Arlene. The pair have been happily married ever since. They have three children together and eight grandchildren.
In addition to their shared sense of humor, the love birds also shared a passion for music and board games. These hobbies helped solidify their relationship and make their love last all these years. In the early years of her career, Arlene played clarinet in the orchestra, proving that she was more than capable as a musician.
Now that so many people know about Alan Alda and Arlene’s love, people want to know the secret to their marriage’s success. Other people want what Alan and Arlene share – besides their first names starting with the same letter.
Alan summed up their happy marriage in his wife’s words, “The secret to a long marriage is a short memory.”