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After months of radiation and chemotherapy, he wins his battle with throat cancer. Then, his wife checks into a mental health rehabilitation center while his oldest son serves time in federal prison and his ex-wife sues him for millions. This may sound like a film plot, but for Michael Douglas, one of Hollywood's most famous leading men, this is life.
The son of screen legend Kirk Douglas, Michael followed in his famous father's footsteps and began acting in his early 20s. In 1975, he won his first Oscar® for producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—one of Oprah's favorite movies of all time. He's also starred in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, including Romancing the Stone, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and Wall Street, which earned him the Oscar for Best Actor in 1987.
Michael's personal life has also played out in the public eye. In 2000, he divorced his wife of 23 years, Diandra, the mother of his eldest son. That same year he married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is 25 years his junior, and in November 2010, the couple celebrated their 10th anniversary. Together Michael and Catherine have two children, 8-year-old Carys and 10-year-old Dylan.
Published on April 26, 2011
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