American Icon Ralph Lauren and His Family
The two say it was love at first sight when they met in 1964. That year, Ralph had an appointment at an eye doctor's office where Ricky worked as a receptionist. The couple started dating, and six months later, they married.
Ricky says the secret to their happy marriage is a friendship. "Ralph is my best friend, and I'm just so comfortable with him, and he is with me as well—we could be ourselves," she says. "We see the world as a team."
For Ricky, Ralph was the missing piece in her life. "I never had any brothers or sisters, and so, in knowing Ralph as intimately as I knew him, I felt [he] was not just my husband, [he] was like my brother," Ricky says. "[He] was someone that completed me, and he was also very thoughtful and kind to my parents."