12 Reasons Mary Loves Ted That Will Cause You To Smile

I met and spent time with actor Ted Danson on several occasions in the early 80’s, before he landed the role of Sam Malone on Cheers (the first episode aired September 30, 1982).

At the time I knew him, he was married to his first wife. My husband and I spent a few days with Ted and family along the coast of California on a quiet getaway retreat. It was a lovely, luxurious weekend.

Because I enjoyed him so much, I’ve made it a point to keep track of him here and there over the years. Time passed and Ted and his first wife got divorced. In 1993, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen met on the set of the movie Pontiac Moon and married two years later.

One thing I deeply appreciate about true love between two people is that their love extends far beyond their connection with each other. Their love trickles out. Inspires. Gives hope. Is a living, breathing example of unfolding love that grows over the years.

For a little proof, I predict that Mary’s love for Ted will affect you. It will probably cause you to think about the people you love and why you love them.

Her love for Ted is clear and deeply delightful. She doesn’t keep it to herself. She expresses it.

Because of this, her love message will no doubt send a positive wave through you. Her love will affect how you walk into your day.

What a good thing.

Hopefully, Mary’s list of reasons for loving Ted will cause happy accidents of awareness far and wide, including that we might notice more love in our life today — where is it? For us, where does love live?

How does love grow with you, around you, through you?

With that, here’s what Mary said about Ted (from the November 19 issue of People Magazine, p. 153).


  1. I love what a deep thinker he is.
  2. He smells delicious.
  3. I love his profound kindness.
  4. He is the perfect combination of a wise old soul and a teenage idiot.
  5. He makes me laugh hard every day of my life.
  6. He has spent 20 years raising awareness about the world’s oceans. I love how he has stuck with it and the incredible tangible things that he has caused to happen that most people will never know.
  7. I love the strong jawbone.
  8. I’m proud of what a great actor he is and the joy people experience in working with him.
  9. I love how much he loves our family.
  10. I love that he unfailingly and enthusiastically celebrates every miracle of our life, large and small. The man doesn’t have a jaded bone in his body.
  11. I love that he is a feminist.
  12. I miss him when he leaves the room. I would literally sign up for 100 more lifetimes with him.


When asked to share his secret to a happy marriage Ted says, “I’m married to Mary Steenburgen.”

(Awww…. )

Enjoy your Thanksgiving week! Celebrate love everywhere!

In Care of Relationships, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, Terri Crosby

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