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Forum staff reports, Published January 14 2013

Fargo's Patricia Hansen, mother-in-law of actor Jeff Bridges, dies

FARGO – Patricia Hansen, a former English professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead and mother-in-law of Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, died Friday.

Hansen, 81, taught at MSUM for 28 years. She retired in 1993 and had been active in the local arts community, according to her obituary published Sunday in The Forum.

Hansen’s daughter, Susan Geston Bridges, met Jeff Bridges in 1974 in Yellowstone National Park, where she was working as a waitress on a summer break from college as he was filming “Rancho Deluxe,” according to Forum archives.

The couple married in 1977 and has three daughters.

Hansen told The Forum in 2010 that Bridges would call her every year on her daughter’s birthday to thank her for “giving birth to the love of his life.”

A memorial service for Hansen will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gethsemane Cathedral in Fargo.