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Spending time together as a family was a big part of Sophie's childhood. "I think the best thing that my husband and I did is we had dinner with [Sophie] every single night of her life," Bette says.

Bette and her husband, Martin von Haselberg, have been married since 1984, and Bette says they make a conscious effort to keep their relationship strong. "He taught me flexibility; he taught me a certain kind of generosity of spirit that I actually did not have before I met him," Bette says. "I was a really selfish girl when I met him. I was 38 years old. I had lived a whole life, two whole lives, and I was very, very self-involved because I'd had this [career] that I was doing and I was devoted to."

Sophie thinks one of the best decisions her parents made was moving the family out of Los Angeles. "I think moving to New York was actually one of the best things that ever happened to me because I cannot imagine having been raised in L.A. for the rest of my life," she says. "I think I'd be a really different person."
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