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When you are listing Hollywood power couples, make sure not to leave out Michael Douglas Catherine Zeta-jones.


The two movie stars who share the same birthday of September 25th may not have fallen helplessly in love had I not met some 22 years ago. The duo has had marital problems just like every other couple, but one thing that sets them apart from other celebrity couple is that they have taken their marriage fell seriously and have managed to stay together for such a long time. If you are wondering how these two unique people got together in the first place, we have all the answers packed together just for you.

During an interview in 2001, Zeta-jones told CNN Larry King that “We met in 1996 at the Deauville Film Festival…I think it was 1996!. I had been told Michael Douglas wanted to meet me. I was a little nervous because I didn’t quite know what he wanted to meet me about.”

At the time the door first met Zeta-jones was promoting her movie the mask of Zorro while Michael Douglas was promoting the film titled a perfect murder.

Catherine first spotted her husband in her hotel lobby, but he walked past her and never noticed “I said to my brother, who was there at the time, ‘I guess he doesn’t really want to meet me that much, because he just walked right past me and he didn’t even know it was me!'”

Later that evening the couple got introduced by Antonio Banderas and his wife during a private dinner. According to Catherine, Micheal “asked very gentlemanly if he could sit next to me at a very long table at the dinner for the Zorro premiere.”

However, Michael, on the other hand, thought he had blown his chances with the woman he is presently married to. During an interview in 2016, Michael said that he felt he had ruined every chance of ending up with Catherine because he had used a loser’s pick up line.

 “I met her in the bar and was a total gentleman,” the actor said. Zeta-jones joined Michael for a nightcap after she had made the rounds, as part of her press responsibility. “I said to her after about half an hour, ‘You know, I’m going to be the father of your children.’ It sounded good, and she said, ‘You know, I’ve heard a lot about you, and I’ve seen a lot about you, and I think it’s time I say goodnight.'” Catherine flew out of town the day after, but the desperate suitor was far from done. The actor added, “I got her some flowers and apology—anyway, so I guess it worked out OK!”

“Nine months later, I’m still having long conversations with him on the phone, having great dinner dates, constantly wondering, ‘Why are we not together?'” The movie star told Larry King. When the duo finally got to think about what they felt for each other, they realised they could last forever as a couple if they tried “He certainly didn’t want me as an ex-girlfriend on his list, and I certainly didn’t want ‘Michael Douglas’ as an ex-boyfriend on my list,” Zeta stated. “We looked at each other one day and said, ‘We’re having a lot of fun together.'”

However, the apparent age gap between the couple sparked up a lot of opinions, but they didn’t care what people had to say. “Historically, older men and younger women have been together,” Catherine said in her defence. “When my mother was telling me about men and telling me the facts of life, she never actually put an age bracket on it. And it’s so funny because Michael and my parents are the same age. So, my parents, whenever they see us together, never even question that there was a 25-year age difference.”


Douglas proposed to his dead wife to be on new year eve of 1999 and in an interview with Ross King in 2016, Michael jokingly said that Catherine   responded with a no “Both of us were sick as dogs because we had [the] flu.”

The actor proposed to Zeta-jones a month after he confirmed that she was pregnant with a 1 million dollars worth antique Fred Leighton 10-carat diamond ring at the time.

 “We obviously were hoping to hang onto this information a little longer than expected but, yep, Catherine’s expecting,” Michael told People magazine. “Both of us couldn’t be happier.”

The wedding was the most talked about in the early 2000s, and the couple spent a lot of money just to make their big day everything they had hoped it would be. Zeta-jones, however, had other requests “I just told Michael, ‘No crying.’ He doesn’t even have to have a tear in his eye. He just has this look where I know that he’s about to start, and that does me in. I said, ‘I don’t even want you to look at me until I’m halfway down the aisle,'” the actress told People, adding that, “I don’t take any of this for granted. When I look at Michael, I run around like a little girl. I can’t believe I came into his life and he came into mine.”

Instead of spending a lot of money on a lavish honeymoon, the couple decided to stay in their home with their 4-month-old son he. It obviously was the best time of their lives as Michael Douglas said to Reuters one month later that “It doesn’t get any better than this. 2000 is not going to be a year that’s forgotten.” The bride couldn’t help but agree with her husband. “I’ll double up on what my husband says,” the then mother of one stated. “It doesn’t get better than this.”

In 2003, the couple welcomed their daughter Cary. Douglas said in an interview in 2002 that “There’s real solace in returning to this tiny island where I have so many relatives, probably 70, in one place,” as he was settled in Bermuda with his family at the time. The actor added that “To me, Bermuda is a real family spot.”

the actor and his family lived a straightforward and simple life so much so that their daughter didn’t know that they were famous people till she grew older. “I thought my dad was a pancake maker,” Crays told town and country. “I didn’t know he was an actor. Honestly.”

The couple had had some challenges and have also had their love put to the test when Michael was diagnosed with throat cancer. With all that they’ve been through, Zeta-jones had this to say about maintaining marriage through challenges. “It’s a long road, and I think people today are so quick to throw in the towel on marriage. You have to give it your best shot and not give up when the first problem arises because that won’t be the last problem, there will be many more down the road.”

However, Catherine and her husband have continued to work hard and earn accolades in the movie industry, and the actress is unapologetic about how successful she has become.

Zeta told the Mirror magazine that “One thing I’m not is humble anymore. I’m sick of being humble. I really am. ‘So sorry I’m rich. So sorry I’m married to a movie star. So sorry I’m not so bad looking.’ No storeys. Enough. All that is important to me now is my work. That’s what I love, and the rest of my life is a joy because I’ve got two beautiful kids and a healthy, happy husband. It’s all good, and I’m not going to be humble for that either.”


The actress also had bipolar disorder, and she tried as much as possible to keep it a secret but being a public personality makes it difficult to have the kind of privacy that you desire. In no time, there was new about her condition, and she took bold steps to go for therapy. There were also rumours that the couple were getting a divorce, but they managed to stay together and are celebrating 18 years of happiness, trust, and love.


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