When it comes to Hollywood couples, we don’t often give them the credit that they deserve. Of course, there are many times when they split up quickly after they get married but when you stop to think about the pressure they are under and the fact that they live under a microscope, it’s easy to see how the pressure can get to them.
Although it may be true that many celebrity couples break up all too soon, that isn’t the case with every couple out there. A good example of this is Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
When Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones first got married, I don’t think that most people gave them much of a chance. After all, he is about 25 years older than she is.
Even though there is an age difference, they managed to keep the love alive in their life. They have gone through the ups and downs that all of us have in marriage and they did so with a smile on their face.
In fact, they have been married now for over two decades so knowing a little more about them and how they got their start can inspire you to be a better husband or wife as well.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was only 15 years old when she got her start in her career. She was born in the UK in 1969 and was on a few television shows that were popular in that country. In 1998, however, things changed when she had a part in The Mask and also played on Zorro.
It was while she was on the set of Zorro that she would meet the man that would eventually become her husband.
Many people don’t know this but Michael Douglas was born on the same day as Catherine Zeta-Jones. They were born on September 25, but he was born 25 years after she was.
Michael Douglas was expected to be in movies because he spent a lot of time on film sets with his famous father, Kirk Douglas. His parents were divorced so he spent most of his time living with his mother but he decided to get his start in movies.
Interestingly, he chose to be an actor as a profession, even though his father was not happy about the possibilities. He got started in 1966 and even created his own film production company in later years, Big Stick Productions.
When Catherine Zeta-Jones moved to the United States in 1997, she ended up playing on Zorro. Her husband-to-be, Michael Douglas, wanted to meet her after he saw her in the movie. I think that most of us felt that way.
She was smitten by him immediately. When they started dating, she first thought that it was about a job. He told her not long after they met, however, that he wanted her to father his children. That set the stage for what came next.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was not a pushover, and she and Michael Douglas continued to talk for quite some time over the telephone. They had busy schedules and they weren’t always able to be together.
As is often the case, they developed a friendship, and eventually, it turned romantic. They got married in November 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in New York. They had already started their family, as they had their first child a few months earlier.
They did have some trials during their two-decade marriage, including when Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010. Zeta-Jones also had problems with mental health and eventually was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
They had spent some time apart during that time and reevaluated their marriage. Rather than giving in and getting divorced, however, they decided to take the difficulties they faced and to grow stronger as a result.
Perhaps that is what most people could use in their life when they are facing trouble in their marriage. If they stick it out and grow stronger as a result, maybe they could be seeing two decades or even more as a couple.
In the end, the 25-year gap doesn’t seem as big as it does when they first got married. Of course, they never had a problem with the age gap, although other people tended to have something to say about it.
These days, we have the opportunity to see into their lives thanks to their Instagram accounts. We celebrate the special days with them and hope for the best when it comes to their long life and relationship.