Michael Douglas Beats Cancer, Loses Wife, Wins Emmy

For Michael Douglas, the Emmy Awards Ceremony was both a celebration and a time for sadness.

As he accepted the award for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for his role in “Behind The Candelabra”, he must have reflected on the roller-coaster that his life has become.

In two days, it will be his 69th birthday. As he looks back on his life, he must feel that his greatest achievement is not this award or the two Oscars and four Golden Globes that came before, but the fact that he appears to have won his highly public battle with throat cancer.

And, although his celebrity status gives him an aura of privilege, he is not without his problems and sorrows. The most recent being his separation from his wife, Mrs Douglas – better known as Catherine Zeta-Jones.

They married in November 2000, only five months after his divorce from his first wife, Daindra, was finalized. From his first marriage he has a son, Cameron, 34, who is currently in prison on drugs related offences.

Michael Douglas complained about the treatment of his son, particularly the fact that he was in solitary confinement and not allowed to receive visitors.

From his second marriage, he has two children, a son Dylan Michael (born August 8, 2000) and a daughter Carys Zeta (born April 20, 2003).

Divorce has been a feature of his life since his parents, Kirk and Diana Douglas, also divorced when he was only 6 years old. After the split, young Michael was raised by his mother.

But, he struck a hopeful note when he stated that he regarded his separation from Zeta-Jones as temporary and expressed the wish they would be able to “work something out.” His wife – whose father is actually younger than Michael – avoided the Emmy Awards by arranging to be in China on the same night.

The old and oft repeated saying, “money can’t buy you happiness” may, or may not, apply to the Douglas family, reputedly worth in excess of $200 million.

Outsiders can only observe and hope that Michael Douglas will continue to be in good health, and that he will be able to resolve his personal issues as amicably as possible.