The twenty-five year difference in their ages has not been an issue for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones although their health issues have created problems in their marriage. Here is information on how they met, their wedding, and more.
This is a great statement from Michael about marriage: "Like a lovely orchid, or anything else that's nurtured, marriage prospers and grows, but if it's ignored, it withers."
Source: Brittany Wong. "Michael Douglas Opens Up About His Marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones." HuffingtonPost.com. 6/19/2014.
10/11/2013: Michael Douglas revealed his announcement that he had throat cancer in 2010 was false. Douglas had actually been diagnosed with tongue cancer. Read More8/28/2013: Although they didn't file divorce or separation papers, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are "taking a break" after their recent health struggles took a "toll on their marriage."
Source: "Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Separate." People.com. 8/28/2013.
4/14/2011: Catherine Zeta-Jones revealed she needed additional treatment for her bipolar II disorder.
9/01/2010: Michael Douglas started treatment for throat cancer. He received the diagnosis in August 2010.
Catherine Zeta-Jones: "The hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because Michael is never tired ... if there's anything Michael has, it's strength."
Source: "Michael Douglas: Radiation, Chemo 'Really Knocks You Out.'" People.com. 9/01/2010.
Born:Michael and Catherine were born on the same day, but 25 years apart.
Michael Kirk Douglas: September 25, 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Catherine Zeta-Jones: September 25, 1969 in Swansea, Wales, UK.
How Catherine and Michael Met:Michael and Catherine met in 1998 when they were introduced to one another by Danny DeVito at the Deauville Film Festival in France in August 1998. They began dating a few months later in March 1999.
"I knew this was something special," she says, but with work keeping them apart, "we never even kissed until nine months later." Douglas proposed on New Year's Eve 1999 in Aspen."
Source: Samantha Miller. "Red Hot Mama." People Magazine. 1/20/2003.
Wedding Date and Info:Catherine and Michael were married on November 18, 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Their original plans to be married in Wales were changed so Michael's father, Kirk Douglas, could attend.
Catherine's wedding ring has a Celtic motif and was reportedly purchased in Aberystwyth, Wales. The wedding ceremony lasted about 20 minutes and was officiated by New york Chief Judge Judith Kaye.
"The bride wore an ivory-beaded satin sheath gown by Christian Lacroix, with a Chantilly lace train and a low-cut bodice ... The couple shared their first dance to Gladys Knight’s “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.”
Source: "Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Wedding. CelebrityBrideGuide.com.
Highlights of their wedding highlights included 20,000 roses, a six-foot cake, and a 40-person Welsh choir. The 350 wedding guests included 175 family members. Celebrity guests included Goldie Hawn, Jack Nicholson, and Meg Ryan.
Where they spent their honeymoon determines which news report you read. Some state that Michael and Catherine honeymooned in the Bahamas on a $3 million yacht while other articles note that the couple honeymooned at their home in Aspen, Colorado.
- Cameron Morrell Douglas: Born in 1978. His mother is Diandra Luker. Cameron is serving a ten-year sentence due to his drug use.
- Dylan Michael Douglas: Born in 2000 in California. His mother is Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Carys Zeta Douglas: Born in 2003 in New Jersey. Her mother is Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Residences:Michael and Catherine have numerous homes:
- New York City: Central Park apartment.
- Bermuda: They moved to Bermuda in 2001 but in 2009 they rented out their 5-bedroom 1821 mansion in Warwick Parish.
- Majorca, Spain: Villa.
- Aspen, Colorado: Vacation home.
- Pacific Palisades, California: Apartment.
Catherine on leaving Los Angeles: "That's not the life I want. Deciding to live in beautiful Bermuda was the healthiest thing Michael and I ever did. Now that I have kids, that's what my life is about."
Source: "Catherine Zeta-Jones Quit Hollywood for Kids." ExpoSay.com. 9/21/2009.
Michael: Actor, producer, director, United Nations Messenger of Peace.
Previous Marriages:Michael has one previous marriage.
- Diandra Luker: Diandra was born abt. 1956. The marriage of Michael and Diandra lasted 23 years. They were married on March 20, 1977 and were divorced in June 2000.
Michael Douglas: “I know I’m going to get into trouble here. I have nothing against her and in fact I’m very fond of my first wife. But we should have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier."
Source: Melissa Thompson. "Michael Douglas on His Biggest Regret..." Mirror.co.uk. 8/8/2013.