March 07, 2021

Catherine Zeta-Jones Jokes about Her Husband Michael Douglas' Long-Life Family Genes

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In a recent interview, acclaimed actress Catherine Zeta-Jones cracked a joke that she did not expect her husband Michael Douglas to live to 103 years old.

During her recent appearance on the syndicated morning talk show "Live With Kelly and Ryan," Catherine Zeta-Jones spoke of their COVID-19 experience as a family.

As the "Ocean's Twelve" actress shared, it was interesting because the fact that her beloved children were with her during this time made her realize she is a homebody.

Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on June 8, 2012. | Photo: Getty Images


Zeta-Jones added that there was joy among her family, but like any family, it had been a challenging year, and her father-in-law, Kirk Douglas, had passed away in the same period. 

Although it was hard, his life was wonderful, and he left a legacy, the actress added. Kirk was an icon of Hollywood's golden age who passed away at the age of 103.


Zeta-Jones also made fun of the Douglas genes. She shared: "I said to Michael, 'your dad passed away at a healthy 103 where did these genes come from?' I didn't sign on for this 103 stuff!!"

Zeta-Jones and Michael are doting parents to two children, son Dylan, 19, and daughter Carys, 17. Throughout the past year, the family has spent plenty of quality time together.

The actress referred to him affectionately as "Pappy" on many occasions. 


As the pandemic continues, Carys and Dylan have returned to their family's home in Irvington, New York. Zeta-Jones previously talked about the fun they've had playing board games.

Zeta-Jones was very close with Kirk; on numerous events, she talked about their strong bond. The actress referred to him affectionately as "Pappy" on many occasions. 


Meanwhile, throughout his life, Michael has openly expressed his deep admiration and respect for his father and was the one to post the news about his death on social media.

Along with Kirk's throwback photo, he wrote that his dad was a pioneer, a star of tampons, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in should inspire everybody.

Cameron Douglas, Kirk Douglas, and Michael Douglas on November 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Last month, Michael kept his father's memory alive on the anniversary of the legend's death. The actor posted a picture of the two posing with a group of colorful balloons.

A few days after his father's passing, Michael honored his memory on social media and shared a sweet picture of the pair. His caption spoke of his gratitude towards him.