Inside Michael Douglas’ divorce from spouse of twenty-two years Diandra Luker

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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are considered one of Hollywood’s best-loved {couples}. However, earlier than they might tie the knot in 2000, the Ant-Man actor needed to finalise his divorce together with his first spouse, Diandra Luker, leading to one of many largest divorce settlements in Hollywood historical past. 

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A movie producer and the daughter of a Swiss-American diplomat, Diandra met Michael when she was a 19-year-old scholar at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh College of Overseas Service. The actor, then 32, was smitten immediately. After two weeks of courting, Michael had proposed, and 6 weeks later, the couple had tied the knot and began a brand new life collectively in LA. On 13 December 1978, Diandra and Michael’s son, Cameron Douglas, was born. 

Michael Douglas and Diandra Luker at their wedding reception© Getty
Michael Douglas married Diandra Luker in 1977 after courting for eight weeks

Whereas the previous spouses had been married for 22 years in complete, it was in 1995 that Diandra formally filed for divorce. 

Reflecting on their cut up in 2013, Michael instructed The Mirror: “I do know I will get into hassle right here. I’ve nothing towards her and actually I am very keen on my first spouse. However we must always have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier. 

Michael Douglas and his wife Diandra Luker at Valldemossa on August 20, 1994© Getty
Diandra filed for divorce in 1995

“It took me too lengthy to understand that in case you go to a wedding counsellor to resolve issues, it is in his curiosity to maintain the wedding going. As a result of if I finish the wedding he is obtained no enterprise. I feel Diandra would in all probability say the identical factor. That is the one clear remorse that I’ve.”

In keeping with a number of studies, Diandra obtained a divorce settlement of over $45 million, and he or she additionally obtained their Santa Barbara, California, property. By 2011, a further lawsuit was dropped at consideration, as Diandra and Michael battled over whether or not she could be entitled to a part of his earnings from Wall Avenue: Cash By no means Sleeps.  

Diandra Luker and Michael Douglas at a gala in 1987. © Getty
Diandra reportedly obtained over $45 million within the divorce settlement

As Diandra and Michael had been married through the manufacturing and launch of the unique movie, Diandra claimed that she could be entitled to earnings from the following sequel. In the end, this second lawsuit was dismissed in court docket. 

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From their divorce, the exes had retained shares of their luxurious dwelling in Mallorca, nevertheless, which boasts ten bedrooms, 11,000 sq. toes of area and direct entry to the ocean, however Michael ultimately determined to purchase out her share of the property. 

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend the ceremony honoring Michael Douglas with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 06, 2018© Getty
Michael revealed that he and spouse Catherine had felt “uncomfortable” whereas sharing their Mallorca dwelling with Diandra

The actor and his ex-wife tried to promote the house and put up for sale in 2014 however did not obtain a viable supply. Chatting with Majorcan newspaper Ultima Hora in 2021, Michael later admitted: “It was very uncomfortable sharing the property with my ex-wife Diandra.

“Six months for every of us wasn’t very nice for anybody. Catherine may be very completely satisfied right here, particularly now that we do not share with Diandra. She feels rather more comfy,” he added. 

Diandra Luker at a Donna Karan event in New York, 2023. © Getty
Diandra has spoken fondly of Michael, in addition to his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones

Following her divorce from Michael, Diandra has spoken fondly of Michael, in addition to his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones. Throughout a 2011 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the movie producer defined: “I liked Michael very a lot once I married him. And I do not assume love ever actually disappears. It would metamorphose, [but] I actually do not assume that hate is the appropriate recipe. “I am actually completely satisfied that he’s head over heels in love and has two pretty youngsters.” 


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