As previously reported, it was announced in August 2013 that Zeta-Jones and Douglas are separated. The Oscar-winning couple got married in 2000 and have two children 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.
Michael Douglas and Zeta-Jones have been seen wearing their wedding rings after it was announced that they are separated. They have not filed for divorce.
In an interview that aired on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Oct. 21, 2013, Michael Douglas commented on the state of his marriage: "I've been away for a while but hopefully everything should be on the up and up. Sometimes people take a little bit of a break but that doesn't necessarily mean that's the end. So, I'm very hopeful."
Michael Douglas and Zeta-Jones (who were among the co-stars in the 2000 movie "Traffic") 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 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.
A spokesperson for the couple issued this statement about the separation: "Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage."
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.
Douglas has been doing several interviews to promote his comedy film "Last Vegas," which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Nov. 1, 2013. In many of these interviews, he's being asked about his marriage. All indications are that he is not shying away from these questions.
During the announcement about his marital separation, Michael Douglas was in France for the 2013 Deauville Film Festival, where "Behind the Candelabra" premiered on Aug. 30. The movie (in which Douglas plays Liberace) 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.
At the 65th Annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, 2013, "Behind the Candelabra" won eight prizes, including Michael Douglas' win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. "Behind the Candelabra" (directed by Steven Soderbergh, who won an Oscar for directing "Traffic") was Michael Douglas' first movie after his battle with cancer.
In October 2013, Michael Douglas admitted that he actually had tongue cancer back in 201, not throat cancer as he had originally announced. He said that he lied about where had cancer in order to protect his career, since there was a possibility that part of his tongue or face could have been removed if the cancer treatments did not go well.
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." She had supporting roles in three movies released in 2013: "Broken City," "Side Effects" and "Red 2." According to the Internet Movie Database, she currently has no other roles lined up in movies or TV. Zeta Jones (who a Tony Award in 2011 for "A Little Night Music") also has no immediate plans to return to theater work.