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By Marc Eliot

A groundbreaking portrait of 1 of Hollywood’s so much winning stars, from severely acclaimed  and bestselling biographer Marc Eliot
 
via decision, inventiveness, and air of secrecy, Michael Douglas emerged from the lengthy shadow forged through his movie-legend father, Kirk Douglas, to turn into his personal guy and one of many movie industry’s so much formi­dable avid gamers.
 
Overcoming the curse of failure that haunts the little kids of Hollywood celebrities, Michael grew to become a sensation while he effectively introduced One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring his good friend Jack Nicholson, to the display after various setbacks, together with his father’s personal failed makes an attempt to make it occur. This 1975 box-office phenomenon gained Michael his first Oscar (the movie received 5 overall, together with most sensible Picture), an award Kirk hadn’t gained on the time, and solidified the turbulent, aggressive father-son courting that may form Michael’s occupation and private life.
 
within the a long time that undefined, Michael verified a name for taking possibilities on new expertise and proj­ects by means of generating and starring within the highly winning Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile movies, whereas cultivating a multifaceted appearing persona—edgy, rebel­lious, and a bit dark—in such motion pictures as Wall road, deadly charm, easy intuition, and Disclosure.
 
but as his occupation thrived, Michael’s own lifestyles floundered, with an unsatisfied and tumultuous first mar­riage, rumors of infidelity (especially with top women comparable to Kathleen Turner), and a headline-grabbing stint in rehab. Rocked by way of a chain of tragedies, together with Kirk’s strokes, his son Cameron’s incarceration, and his personal struggle opposed to throat melanoma, Michael has emerged trium­phant, fit, and chuffed in his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones, a Welsh actress twenty-five years his junior, and their new younger family.

In Michael Douglas, Marc Eliot brings into sharp fo­cus this outstanding occupation, advanced own existence, and mythical Hollywood family members. Eliot’s attention-grabbing portrait of the lows and memorable highs in Michael’s life—in­cluding the thorny but influential courting along with his father—breaks barriers in realizing the lifestyles and paintings of a real American movie megastar.

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He drove himself as much as the home in Santa Barbara to individually name upon his hoped-for celebrity. “The defining second was once, Michael had this marvelous lengthy, flowing hair, and whilst he dedicated to do it, I advised him i used to be going to provide him a buzz lower. there has been approximately 30 seconds the place he hesitated—then, while he permit our hairdresser comprehend that he was once keen to have the thrill cutter move throughout his hair, I knew he used to be thoroughly and completely surrendering. ” AFTER finishing Falling Down, possibly to fix his dating with Diandra, Michael took her and Cameron to Spain to spend the summer time of 1992 at their hillside retreat in Majorca. They have been joined for a part of the journey via Jack Nicholson and his female friend on the time, Rebecca Broussard. It was once now not a very good combine. Upon their go back to the States, rumors started to unfold that Michael’s marriage was back at the rocks, in particular after it was once suggested that one evening ahead of the journey, Diandra had chanced on Michael in mattress with one other woman—a cost that was once by no means said or denied. It was once speculated to have taken position at Michael’s place of work on the Beverly Wilshire, and the girl in query used to be speculated to were considered one of Diandra’s most sensible neighbors. even if it really occurred, what was once indisputable used to be that Michael used to be ingesting an excessive amount of and taking too many medications, and used to be full of one of those exhaustion and depression that no holiday in Spain may well fix. Upon their go back, with out warming among them, Diandra insisted that Michael both get expert support or get out of her lifestyles. regardless of the genuine tipping aspect, on September 17, 1992, whereas his on-screen lover Sharon Stone persisted to take pleasure in her belated yet huge, immense reputation, a grim-looking Michael, utilizing the alias Mike Morrell, donning a blue blouse, denims, and sandals, checked into the Sierra Tucson hospital, situated within the foothills of the Catalina Mountains of Arizona, for a thirty-day software to regard alcohol abuse and, because it used to be stated by way of a few on the time, sexual habit. based on John Parker: “Encouraged by means of his counselor, Michael [reportedly] started his software of self-discovery while he stood up, head bowed, and gave a long statement approximately his internal demons and the issues that had became him into anything of a Jekyll and Hyde personality. He confessed to the crowd of 8 fellow victims: ‘Sex is simply a wave that sweeps over me, an impulse that's overpowering. I’m helpless. each time. ’ He additionally admitted to an issue with alcohol and medicine, even supposing he denied that he was once hooked on both. He additionally stated his spouse had ‘kicked him out’ of the bed room, having been repulsed via his it sounds as if uncontrollable activities. ” Michael’s intended intercourse habit landed all around the tabloids, and that, in fact, was once it sounds as if sufficient facts for TV’s venerable self-styled sensation-chaser Geraldo Rivera. the following day, on his television exhibit Geraldo introduced that “Michael Douglas was once among the many high-profile males who had used the providers of prostitutes attached with Heidi Fleiss,” on the time a widely known madam operating a home of prostitution catering to Hollywood’s wealthy and recognized.

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