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Jan 27, 2016
AARP Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award Winner Michael Douglas Discusses How He Saved His Marriage, Beat Cancer, and Became a Better Parent in the February/March Issue of AARP The Magazine
Read Michael Douglas’ story about second chances and his long-lived success

WASHINGTON, DC Michael Douglas, the Academy Award® winning actor and 2015 Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award winner, recently decided that show business is not the most important thing in life anymore.  Despite so many successes throughout his 50-film career,—and after surviving cancer—Douglas has embraced a second chance at fatherhood, a fresh shot at his marriage and a newfound spirituality.

In an insightful interview with AARP The Magazine, Douglas reflects on a life with as many rises and falls asthe streets of San Francisco.  The ride recently included a 2013 separation from his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, while managing her struggle with bipolar disorder. Just last summer, Douglas lost his mother, Diana, to cancer at age 92, and he sees his father eyeing the proverbial hands of time. Now Douglas appreciates life more than ever.

Here are excerpts from the February/March issue of the AARP The Magazine cover story featuring Michael Douglas, available in homes today and online now at

On saving their marriage:
“It took work on both our parts.  I don’t think there’s much chance of fixing a relationship if one of you is already out the door.” – Michael Douglas

“I think we’re both mellower and wiser.  That comes naturally with time.  We count our blessings.” – Catherine Zeta-Jones

On his battle with cancer
“It’s been five years, and I feel really good, but you have a new appreciation.  I’m more motivated, more responsible.  My younger kids could be my grandchildren.  I want to be here a while.”

On his regrets about his first round at parenting:
“When you’re busy all the time, you don’t think about a whole lot of things other than the realities that are in front of you.”

On his son Cameron, 37, who is serving time for a drug conviction:
“I see him twice a month now because he’s incarcerated closer to our home. He’s a drug addict, but he’s done more than his fair share of time for it.”

On his son Dylan’s Torah study and bar mitzvah:
“Dylan brought a lot of the Jewish values into our home—community, family, working to repair the world.”

On his subsequent search for spirituality:
“They always talk about lessons being passed down from father to son, but if you keep yourself open, you can actually have things come up from your children.”

On life after his father’s stroke:
“The crisis opened a new world that otherwise might have passed him by, and helped him do so much good for so many people.  We’re very close now, Dad and I.  I feel fortunate having him around long after the highlights of his career.” 


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