Back in 2001, the Oscar for Best Picture was awarded to a movie about a remarkable man and his remarkable wife. The move, A Beautiful Mind, tells the story of John Nash, a Princeton professor who overcame mental illness and developed theories that eventually led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. But as inspiring as the story is showing his fight against schizophrenia, the movie is even more poignant as a beautiful love story. Alicia Nash stuck by the often-deranged genius, loving him, caring for him, and steadying him, despite the fact that Nash brought nothing to the marriage but strain and heartache. Even though he was almost totally incapacitated because of his mental illness, she stuck with him, even at times when her own life was endangered.
As the film concludes, John Nash stands before an admiring audience of the world’s greatest intellectuals, accepting the prize recognizing his monumental achievement. But, Nash uses the moment – the apex of his life – to declare that there was really only one thing that mattered in his life, and that was the love of his wife, who had stayed with him all those years. No matter what else was discovered in his life, Alicia Nash had taught the professor that there is no greater achievement than the commitment “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, ’til death do us part.”