One of Hollywood’s most famous couples, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband, actor Michael Douglas, have been married for many years and are known as a power couple in the industry. They initially met in 1998 when a friend informed the actress that Douglas wanted to see her.
She had no idea why he wanted to meet with her, so she couldn’t help but feel anxious about it. On the other hand, despite the certainty with which Douglas approached the idea of seeing her, he was at a loss for words and anxious that a corny pickup line would destroy whatever chance he had of success.
After getting to know one another and spending some time together for an hour, Douglas was certain that he would be the father of Zeta-Jones’ future children. He believed he had done a good job up until Zeta-Jones answered: “I’ve heard some less than flattering things about Douglas.”
“You know, I’ve heard a lot about you, and I’ve seen a lot about you, and I believe it’s time I say goodbye.'”
After realizing his error, the actor from “Falling Down” sent flowers as an expression of apology, which helped him regain Zeta-Jones’ favor. When Michael and Catherine Zeta-Jones first met, Michael already had a son named Cameron, whom he had fathered from his previous marriage to the model Diandra Luker.
Cameron remembers the day when his father had a meeting with Catherine Zeta-Jones and informed him about it. When Cameron inquired as to who she was, Douglas said that she was “the girl from Zorro,” to which Cameron retorted that she was attractive. Douglas continued to describe her.
After having their first encounter nine months before, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas continued to take pleasure in each other’s presence by scheduling dinner meetings and having lengthy phone chats. As a result, they came to the conclusion that they wanted to work on their relationship in spite of the fact that Douglas is the same age as Zeta-Jones’ parents and that he is 25 years older than she is.
When Douglas saw how well things were going for them, he thought it was time to take their relationship to the next level. On the evening of New Year’s Eve in 1999, he proposed to the actress by getting down on one knee and putting his ring on it.
He presented Zeta-Jones with an ancient ring designed by Fred Leighton that included a 10-carat center diamond around by 28 more diamonds. A month had passed since the actor had announced that Zeta-Jones was expecting the couple’s first child together before the actor popped the question.
They had their wedding on November 18, 2000, at the illustrious Plaza Hotel in New York City, and several news sources referred to it as the wedding of the year. This was only a few months after the birth of their son Dylan.
Guests at the wedding included some of the most famous and well-known people in Hollywood, such as Tom Hanks, Sharon Stone, Steven Spielberg, and Barbara Walters. Brad Pitt was also in attendance. Cameron, Douglas’s son, served as the best man during the ceremony.
After the couple tied the knot, Zeta-Jones evolved into more than just Douglas’ wife. She evolved into the cohesive force that would bring her family back together and heal the rift that existed between her husband and his estranged son.
In Douglas’s first marriage, he spent most of the time away working on his job; but, in his second marriage, he made the decision that he would be there more of the time. As Catherine Zeta-Jones reached the pinnacle of her career, he made the conscious decision to wind down his own endeavors so that he could devote more time to his family.
The story goes that a kid and their stepmother can never have a connection of any kind. Many people think this to be true. Despite this, Zeta-Jones was prepared to be Cameron’s stepmom to the highest possible standard when she got married to Douglas.
The Welsh-born actress assisted Cameron in maturing into an adult, establishing a purpose in life, and “cementing” the relationship between the family members. Cameron said that ever since she became a part of the family, Zeta-Jones has prioritized maintaining a strong connection with her newfound relatives. He recollects that:
“From the very first moment that I met her, she told me, ‘I want us to be friends, and I want you to know that you are a significant part of our family and that you are welcome any time,'”
And after years of a contentious connection between father and son, Zeta-Jones assisted Douglas and Cameron in overcoming their antagonistic feelings toward one another and becoming closer to one another. He said:
“Over the years, my father and I have both had highs and lows, but Catherine is someone who has helped keep our family together through thick and thin.”
Like his father, who for years carried the burden of living in the shadow of his famous dad, Kirk Douglas, Cameron was ill with worry and self-consciousness as a result of people’s expectations of him. His father’s father was Kirk Douglas, a renowned actor. However, Zeta-Jones was able to help him see things in a different light, and he will be eternally thankful to her for that.
Carys Zeta Douglas was born to Douglas and Zeta-Jones in 2003, despite the fact that Douglas was already well into his senior years. Since the time she wed Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones has made maintaining a strong bond within the family a primary concern.
She has worked hard to make sure that the family enjoys a lot of quality time together. According to Cameron, Zeta-Jones is the one who encouraged him to spend more time at the main residence on the island of Bermuda, and he agrees that she was the one who extended the invitation. Back in 2009, he disclosed the following:
“This is going to be the first time in a number of years that my mother and father and I will all be living in the same house.”
Cameron claimed during his stay in Bermuda, “Catherine does not use cosmetics of any kind. She is your everyday kind of mother. Both she and Dad devote the majority of their time to caring for the children. Quite often, she’ll come to sit with my father and me on the couch to watch an American football game.”
The influential pair has been married for more than twenty years now. The couple has been used to overcoming obstacles brought on by the problems that come with married life. Nevertheless, they have also experienced some wonderful experiences together, such as celebrating their birthdays together.
They are also enjoying being grandparents to Cameron’s children, which is another milestone of their marriage. In 2017, Cameron and his wife had their first child, Lua Izzy, whose middle name pays homage to Douglas’s father, who was born Issur Danielovitch and subsequently went by the nickname, Izzy. This event was the first time that the couple became grandparents.
It was announced in December 2020 that Cameron and his long-time girlfriend Viviane Thibes had given birth to their second child, a boy named Ryder T. Douglas. This made Douglas and Zeta-Jones grandparents for the second time. Zeta-Jones spoke about how nice it had been to spend time with her children and grandchildren during the lockdown, as well as how excited they had been for the newest member of the family, and she expressed her happiness for the new baby.
As if the fact that they have been married for 22 years is not charming enough on its own, Douglas claims that he is still captivated by his wife. According to what he told Us Weekly, “She does still give me butterflies.” In spite of this, the emotions are reciprocal, and both of them are completely obsessed with one another.