Oscar-winning couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have separated and might be headed for divorce, according to several media outlets (including People and Us Weekly) that reported the news on Aug. 28, 2013. A representative for the estranged couple told Us Weekly: “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.”
Douglas and Zeta-Jones (who were among the co-stars in the 2000 movie “Traffic”) got married in 2000 and have two kids together: son Dylan Michael (born in 2000) and daughter Carys Zeta (born in 2003). Michael Douglas also has a son named Cameron (born in 1978), from his marriage to his first wife Diandra, who was married to Michael from 1977 to 1995.
Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas share the same birthday (Sept. 25), but he was born in 1944, and she was born in 1969. They both had well-publicized health problems. He successfully battled throat cancer in 2010, while she went public in 2011 with having bipolar disorder. Zeta-Jones has been in rehab multiple times for her mental-health issues.
An unnamed source told People: “The stress has taken a toll on their marriage. They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens.” The estranged couple were last seen in public together in April 2013.
Michael Douglas has won two Oscars, which are among his numerous accolades in the entertainment industry. His first Academy Award was for being a producer of 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. His second Academy Award was for Best Actor, for his role as corrupt businessman Gordon Gekko in 1987’s “Wall Street.” Douglas reprised the Gordon Gekko role in the 2010 sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
Zeta-Jones won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for her role as Velma Kelly in the 2002 musical “Chicago.”
Michael Douglas is considered the frontrunner to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, for his role as Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra,” which is the TV-movie with the most Emmy nominations in 2013. The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sept. 22, 2013. CBS will have the U.S. telecast of the ceremony. “Behind the Candelabra” (directed by Steven Soderbergh) was Michael Douglas’ first movie after his battle with throat cancer.
During the announcement about his marital separation, Michael Douglas was in France for the 2013 Deauville Film Festival, where “Behind the Candelabra” is scheduled to premiere on Aug. 30. The movie had its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 21. “Behind the Candelabra” premiered in the U.S. on HBO on May 26, 2013, and was HBO’s highest-rated TV-movie since 2004. According the Nielsen Company, the premiere of “Behind the Candelabra” had 2.4 million U.S. viewers.