Bonnie Bartlett Daniels defends her with her husband William Daniels’ extramarital affairs at the start of their 72-year marriage.
The 93-year-old actress previously said the pair “never felt tied to fidelity” at the start of their relationship, now adding that it was common practice in the 1950s.
“You have to realize that we still live in a very puritanical nation,” Bonnie told People on Tuesday.
“[When we got married], people were just loose on things. The only thing is that it harms you, damages your self-esteem. It hurts. »
“You have to have lived through that time as an adult to see what it was like. The culture is just different.
She went on to explain that the couple’s decision to move from New York to California “was really the saving grace” for their marriage.
“Once we got to Hollywood and were here and living like a normal family and having weekends at home with our kids and doing things, it was a whole different story. “, she noted. “Nobody wanted anything more than that.”
The couple share three sons: William Jr, who died 24 hours after birth, Michael, 59, and Robert, 57.
In her new memoir, ‘Middle of the Rainbow,’ the Emmy-winning actress revealed that she and William, who played Mr. George Feeny in ‘Boy Meets World,’ had an open marriage after breaking up. married in 1951.
While she admitted to having “an affair that lasted a few months” with an actor in 1959, she said her husband’s romance with another woman in the 1970s had “devastated” her and changed the dynamics of their marriage.
Despite the pain, the couple was able to recommit to each other and have never looked back since.
“The marriage could have broken up at any time in those first 10 years, if either of us had, say, fallen in love with someone, but we never did,” she said. told People.
“It was never part of it. We both really wanted to be together. The love never stopped.”
In fact, Bartlett Daniels insisted that today the couple are “very happy” and enjoying the little moments they share together in their Hollywood home.
“We sit in this house and we do things. He reads his “New York Times”, and he mostly does cameos. And we do conventions and things like that. We just like being with each other. And we would do anything for each other.