Category: Michael Douglas

Catherine Zeta-Jones treated for bipolar disorder

Catherine Zeta-Jones treated for Bipolar disorder
This post has been updated. See note below for details.

Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who has stood by husband Michael Douglas' side during his bout with throat cancer, has been treated for bipolar disorder, her publicist said Wednesday.

"After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II Disorder," her publicist said in a statement. "She's feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films."

Those who suffer from the medical illness, which had previously been named manic-depressive disorder, grapple with extreme shifts in mood, energy and functioning. They can alternate between states of mania and depression.

The disorder affects 3% of the population and is the sixth most common cause of disability in the United States, according to Psychology Today. It is usually a lifelong illness that is carried through genetics. Distinctions are made between Bipolar I and Bipolar II. The former is characterized by severe manic states while the sufferers from the latter swing from severe depression to a milder and briefer manic state called hypomania.

The actress spent five days at the Silver Hill Hospital near New Canaan, Conn., last week, the Daily Mail reported. She is said to have been dropped off by her husband, who owns a home nearby.

"There's no question it's been a stressful year," a friend told People. "Catherine has had to deal with Michael's illness and that's been hard. She went in for a few days because she's about to start working, and wanted to make sure she's in top form, which she is."

The "Chicago" actress was extremely supportive of her husband while he battled throat cancer and is said to have turned down roles during that time. Last year, Douglas was embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Diandra Douglas, over profits from his "Wall Street" sequel. Diandra Douglas co-starred with him in the original film.

Zeta-Jones and Douglas married in 2000. They have two children, Dylan Michael Douglas and Carys Zeta Douglas. Cameron Douglas, the actor's oldest son with his ex-wife, was sentenced in April 2010 to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of distributing crystal meth and possessing heroin. 

For the record, 11:05 a.m. April 14: This post originally said that Bipolar II is more severe than Bipolar I. Actually, each disease is characterized by different symptoms with Bipolar II resulting in severe depression with milder manic states. This post has been revised to reflect that.


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Photo: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in January. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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Matt Damon and Michael Douglas will kiss in "Liberace" Looks as if that Matt Damon-Michael Douglas smooch we were promised is coming on like a freight train -- with Damon speaking out about his excitement over the "Liberace" lip lock.

In January, Douglas talked about working with Damon for the upcoming biopic, revealing that the two men would be sharing some intimate moments -- nothing beyond the average teen drama, however, just some smooching.

"What kind of Chapstick are you using this week, sweetie?" is how Douglas described flirty text messages he was sending to his costar. And with the film still in pre-production Damon seems ready to kiss and tell.

"It's scripted that there's more than one," the "Adjustment Bureau" actor told E! Online. "I never thought I would get to kiss Michael Douglas."

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luciana Barroso, be warned.

The film -- with a tentative 2013 release -- will be directed by "Ocean's 11" man Steven Soderbergh, who claims it will be one of his last films before he retires from the craft. 


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Photos, from left: Michael Douglas at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16 (Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images); Matt Damon at the "My Way" premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press).

Michael Douglas is swearing off vices -- except Matt Damon

Michael Douglas Michael Douglas says he's quitting tobacco and most alcohol, but give up flirting with Matt Damon? That's one new habit he's not quitting any time soon.

"I'm back," said Douglas, who recently finished treatment for stage-four throat cancer that was possibly "motivated" by the first two of those vices. "I'm sure I'm still going to have a glass of wine or two."

And though the tumor is gone, and the Golden Globe-nominated actor plans to go to those awards with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, "I probably won't be clicking my heels for another two or three months," he told Access Hollywood.

He had informed doctors last January that something was wrong, but the growth under his tongue wasn't found until August. "I understand … it's a very difficult cancer tumor to find," he told host Billy Bush on Sunday in New York. However, a diagnosis at stage two "would have been nicer than stage four."

So, wait, back to that flirting? Douglas is already prepping for his next role, playing Liberace, in part by exchanging sexy text messages with costar Damon. But it's not exactly rough stuff -- more along the lines of, "What kind of Chapstick are you using this week, sweetie?"

"It goes with the territory," Douglas joked.

See the three-part "Access Hollywood Live" on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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Photo: Michael Douglas promotes "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010. Douglas is nominated for a supporting actor Golden Globe for his reprise of the Gordon Gekko role. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images


Michael Douglas says odds are he's beaten throat cancer

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Michael Douglas thinks he has beaten throat cancer, and would like folks to know he's been "eating like a pig" to boot.

"The odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I've got it beat," the actor said Monday in an interview with Matt Lauer that will air Tuesday on "Today."

Douglas is back in the gym but keeping the cardio to a minimum, he told Lauer. Because he lost 32 pounds during chemo and radiation treatment, his doctors want him to gain back more than the 12 pounds he's packed back on so far.

The Oscar winner went public with his cancer diagnosis in August, about a month before his film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" opened in theaters. He finished treatment in October, and has been recovering since then.

And how has the scare affected him? Among other things, he said, "All of a sudden the affection from my family, from my friends, and from my fans hit me at a much deeper level than I would have ever imagined before."

Douglas still has to have monthly checkups to make sure the cancer stays gone, he said. The full interview will air Sunday on "Dateline NBC."


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Photos: Michael Douglas sat down with Matt Lauer on Monday in New York for an interview that will air on the "Today" show on Jan. 11, 2011. Credits: Peter Kramer / NBC / Associated Press


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Michael Douglas, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer in August and went through eight weeks of radiation treatments and chemotherapy, touched base with the Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview published Tuesday.

Rest easy, concerned fans -- though he's been keeping out of the public eye, Douglas is described as "fully alive, alert, deeply intelligent and in person nothing whatsoever like the haggard figure that graces the National Enquirer and its kin."

Douglas reveals that he didn't see his diagnosis as a life-or-death matter, but rather as a disease to get through -- albeit one that has put mortality in perspective.

"I'm one of those people who, when they're sick, like to curl up and remove myself," he says. "I don't like a lot of people around. There is nothing you can do to help. Catherine [Zeta-Jones] has been understanding, fortunately."

And yes -- the plans for the trip around the world are still on, once he gets the go-ahead regarding his health. A PET scan in January will show if the tumor is gone, THR says.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: With kids Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones enjoy the Flight of the Hippogriff at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida on Nov. 27, 2010. Credit: Matt Stroshane / Universal Studios via Getty Images



Michael Douglas' ex-wife is told her 'Wall Street' case should go to California

Michael-and-diandra If Michael Douglas' ex-wife wants to find any more money on "Wall Street," she'll have to go looking in for it in California, a New York judge has decided.

Diandra Douglas sued her ex on the East Coast, claiming in her case filed Aug. 24 that the terms of their divorce meant 50 percent of his earnings from this year's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" belongs to her — because it was a "spin-off" of the his 1987 hit film, made during their marriage.

Whether that argument is valid didn't enter into the judgment released Monday, however. It was more about location, location, location.

"After balancing all competing interests and factors, the California court is the more convenient forum for this matter to be tried," New York state Supreme Court Justice Matthew F. Cooper wrote. The Douglases' divorce deal — she divorced him in 2000, and he married Catherine Zeta-Jones later that year — specified that any future money issues would be duked out in California, though both exes now live in New York.

Michael Douglas, who went public Aug. 16 with his fight against throat cancer, was "thrilled" with the decision, his lawyer told E! News.

So if greed is still good — it might be even better in California.


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— Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Michael Douglas and ex-wife Diandra Douglas leave a federal courthouse in New York on April 20, 2010, after attending the sentencing of their son Cameron Douglas on drug charges. Credit: Justin Lane / EPA.


Michael Douglas nearly done with throat cancer treatment

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones at the New York premiere of "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" Michael Douglas is on the last round of chemotherapy and radiation in his battle with throat cancer, followed by six weeks of recovery, the actor's rep told People on Wednesday. When it's done, the actor says, he's considering packing up the family and traveling the world.

"He's really happy about it ending," friend and publicist Allan Burry told the mag.

Drama of course surrounds the 66-year-old's health situation, with the UK Sun declaring "No more films" for the Oscar winner and a Star headline screaming Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones are "saying goodbye" (right next to a "baby shocker" claiming Neil Patrick Harris' partner David Burtka already has twins with another man, so use your best judgment).

Could it be that Douglas just wants to live a little after eight weeks of discomfort and a stare-down with mortality? He told the Guardian recently that he and Zeta-Jones have been thinking about taking their kids out of school for a year to travel the world, mentioning Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Michael Douglas, Warren Buffett invest an evening in the 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' premiere


We can't imagine Warren Buffett turning out for the premiere of, say, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." But "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" managed to lure the billionaire investor out of Omaha and onto the red carpet for the Oliver Stone film's' New York premiere Monday night.

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Cast members making the scene at the Ziegfeld Theatre included Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella, Josh Brolin, Eli Wallach and Michael Douglas, who brought wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. An after-party followed at Manhattan's Cipriani 42nd Street.

The event's New York brand was enhanced by the presence of locals Barbara Walters, "Inside the Actors Studio" host James Lipton, director Spike Lee and CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves with wife Julie Chen of "The Early Show." Also spotted Monday night: Tyra Banks, Courtney Love and Brett Ratner. (Click on the picture of Buffett and Brolin chatting at the after-party, above right, to launch a photo gallery of red carpet arrivals.)

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Michael Douglas shares details of his throat cancer

Michael Douglas talked about his throat cancer -- the diagnosis, treatment and prospects -- with David Letterman on Tuesday night, keeping it positive and closing out the interview with a hug.

"You look good," Letterman said, "and you don't sound like you have throat cancer. Why is that?"

"Because I'm on stage," Douglas replied.

Three weeks ago, a walnut-sized tumor was found at the base of his tongue. Now, the actor is through the first week of radiation and chemo, with seven weeks left to go -- weeks he says will bring more side effects and discomfort. Even in the first week, he said, the chemo "knocks you out really hard."

With the cancer contained to his head and neck, he said, his chances for success are about 80%, or slightly better depending on where he gets his care.

Douglas' new movie, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," opens Sept. 24 in the U.S. He said his treatment will interfere with the film's foreign promotional tour.

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Michael-douglas-throat-tumor Michael Douglas has a tumor in his throat and will undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, his rep tells People.

Doctors recently discovered the mass in the film star's throat, his representative said. A full recovery is expected.

"I am very optimistic," Douglas said in a statement.

It's been a tumultuous year for the actor, whose son Cameron was sentenced in May to five years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of heroin and distribution of crystal meth.

Douglas, who is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones, will next be seen in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," which premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in May and was set to open in U.S. theaters Sept. 24.

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Photo: Michael Douglas attends the June 2010 AFI Tribute to director Mike Nichols. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images  

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