One dessert led to 58 years of marriage — and counting! — for Alan Alda

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By Ree Hines

Alan and Arlene Alda have been married for almost six decades, and there's a sweet story behind their longtime love.

During a Wednesday morning visit to TODAY, the actor explained how one disastrous dessert brought them together.

"The hostess of the evening had made a rum cake, and she put it on the refrigerator to cool," Alda recalled. "The refrigerator shook, and the cake fell off the refrigerator and hit the floor."

It was a party moment that separated the casual diners from those desperate for dessert.


"Arlene and I were the only two people who went in with spoons and ate it off the floor," he said with a smile. "That's how you know. When two people eat a cake off the floor, that's it for life."

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There's no arguing that point. In fact, Alda seems certain today's daters could learn a thing or two from him and Arlene.


"All this matchmaking on the Internet, and they ask them questions — just toss a cake on the floor and see who goes for it," he suggested.

Take note, if you're headed out on a first date!

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