Actor Alan Alda achieved fame in the 1970’s with his starring role in the hit TV series M*A*S*H. While fame can be fleeting, as the saying goes, both his acting career and his marriage have been keepers. New York Times writer Lois Smith Brady talked to Alda and his wife Arlene, who are going to be celebrating their 58th anniversary, about their long-lasting marriage.
Arlene described laughter as “the real glue that keeps us happily and willingly stuck together.” Her husband agrees: “I think when you laugh you make yourself momentarily vulnerable. Your defenses are not up, and if you can stay in a playful mood, where you are susceptible to laughter, your chances of being antagonistic with each other are lower.”
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