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Michael Douglas gushes over ‘darling’ Catherine Zeta-Jones on their 22nd wedding anniversary

Going strong! The actor marked their anniversary with some throwback photos from their 2000 wedding
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have been married for 22 years (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/@michaelkirkdouglas/Instagram)
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have been married for 22 years (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/@michaelkirkdouglas/Instagram)

BEDFORD, NEW YORK: Michael Douglas is reminiscing about the day he got married to Catherine Zeta-Jones. The 'Basic Instinct' actor, 78, gushed about his wife of 22 years in a sweet Instagram photo shared on Friday, November 18. 

"Happy Anniversary to my darling Catherine!" he wrote as the caption. "I love you so much" and adding the tag, "#22years." The pictures showed the then-newlyweds kissing during their champagne toast with their guests during the celebration of their splashy wedding held at the Plaza hotel in New York City in 2000. The couple beamed while sitting down at their wedding dinner. Red and gold blooms decorated the tablescape as they threw their head back and laughed.


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Douglas and Zeta-Jones also share a daughter, Carys Zeta, 19, and a son, Dylan Michael, 22, in addition to having the same birthday on September 25. Michael, 78, was born in 1944 while Catherine, 53, was born in 1969. 

Douglas claimed that he had seen Zeta-Jones in her part as Elena Montero in 'The Mask of Zorro' and had contacted his publicist to set up a meeting during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2016. "I met her in the bar and was a total gentleman," Douglas told People. He recalled asking her, "By chance do you want to come back and have a nightcap?" When Zeta-Jones met him later that night, he told her, "You know, I'm going to be the father of your children." "You know what the worst thing is?" Zeta-Jones joked during a red-carpet interview with Access in 2019. "He was right." Two decades later, Zeta-Jones still has the card that was attached to those roses.

The couple exchanged vows in a lavish ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on November 18, 2000. Many celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, and Goldie Hawn, attended the wedding. Zeta-Jones wore a David Emanuel dress. The couple's then-3-month-old baby, Dylan, was also present.

The 'Fatal Attraction' star revealed the secret to his long-lasting marriage with Zeta-Jones a few months after the pair celebrated 18 years of marriage in 2019. He told reporters at the Golden Globes, "We celebrated our 18th anniversary recently, and besides the genuine love that only continues to grow, I think the fact that we're in the same industry really helps us to understand what is going on."