Fears for Michael Douglas as Zeta-Jones heads home
Welsh actress and golf fan cuts short her Ryder Cup trip and turns down film ‘to spend more time with Douglas’
There are fears that Michael Douglas's health may have worsened after Catherine Zeta-Jones apparently cut short her trip to Britain.
Speaking at a pre-Ryder Cup gala concert at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Wednesday night, Zeta-Jones had given the impression that she was planning to stay on in Wales to watch the golfing tournament this weekend. Yesterday, however, she was back on a plane to New York where her husband is receiving treatment for throat cancer.
Both Zeta-Jones and Douglas are keen golf fans. The 66-year-old Wall Street star was scheduled to travel with his wife to Wales to see the Ryder Cup but had to pull out as he continued chemotherapy.
This morning a spokesman for Zeta-Jones claimed that the actress had always intended to return to the US on Friday. He insisted: "She never said she was staying for the Ryder Cup and in fact made it clear she was only here for the opening night. Those were always the arrangements."
However at the pre-Ryder Cup concert at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Wednesday night - which she hosted in front of an audience of 13,000 - she was overheard saying that she was planning on staying to watch the three-day event.
According to reports she also said that she wished her husband could have been with her. "He would be representing the American team and I would be wholeheartedly representing the European team, but not this year, maybe next time."
Douglas was "doing great, given the circumstances," she said, adding: "He's strong and the doctors are so happy and he's just about to complete - what anyone who's gone through it knows - a pretty gruelling eight weeks."
Meanwhile it has also been reported that Zeta-Jones has turned down several film roles, including the part of Vivien Leigh in the film My Week with Marilyn, apparently to spend more time with her husband. Before Douglas fell ill Zeta-Jones was said to be keen to take the part.
My Week With Marilyn tells the story of the making of the 1956 film The Prince and the Showgirl, in which Laurence Olivier – then married to Vivien Leigh - starred opposite Marilyn Monroe. The story is told from the perspective of Colin Clark, a gofer during filming at Pinewood Studios. Michelle Williams plays Marilyn and Kenneth Branagh plays Olivier. ·
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