Date of Birth: September 25, 1944
Place of Birth: New Brunswick, N.J., USA
Relations: Father: Kirk Douglas (actor); mother: Diana Dill
(actress); brothers: Joel (producer), Eric; wife: Catherine Zeta-Jones
(actress); ex-wife: Diandra Luker; sons: Cameron (with Luker), Dylan
Michael (with Zeta-Jones)
Education: Choate; University of California at Santa Barbara
The Island is to be publicised in the UK - March 2001
newly wed film celebrity and Mr Douglas is a part-owner of Ariel Sands cottage
colony and therefore unlikely to comment on the islands ever decreasing
reputation, the serious drug problem, increased crime and inability to staff its
police service (despite having the highest number of police officer per head of
population in the world).
is to narrate a film about Bermuda for "Wish
You Were Here...?" a UK holiday show. It is obviously hoped the
publicity will be even greater in the UK now he has wed Welsh film star
Catherine Zeta Jones.
30-minute programme is set to go out next March, raising awareness of Bermuda
just before the busy summer period begins. Bermuda Tourism Europe director
Ian Parker is reported to have said the interview with Mr. Douglas was a
real coup for the Island adding "We try very hard to get on these
programmes, there is huge demand, everybody is trying to get on them"
is possible the island's diminishing reputation as a holiday resort will be
enhanced but one questions the effectiveness of using a film star, with a
financial interest in the prosperity of the island's tourism, to promote
it. Mr Douglas is the major shareholder in the Aerial Sands resort. Presumably other celebrities who married on, or about, the island,
declined to comment on the island's merits?
Mr. Parker has been sensitive in the past about using the Mr. Douglas connection
to help sell the Island? Has Mr Douglas' marriage added respectability to
show is to be themed "Stars and their Islands" and will feature Mr.
Douglas talking about the things he likes to do and places he goes in Bermuda, after all,
he spends so much time there? Really? No doubt the questions will be
thoroughly vetted and not contentious.
not ask where Mr Douglas likes to spend his vacations - just how often does he
visit Bermuda in preference to other islands ... or destinations?
to say, Ariel
Sands is likely to be included in the places he mentions.
Parker said the last time the Island was shown on British TV, the tour
operator's phones were ringing off the hook for days. Possibly this time,
the internet will be searched, exhaustively.
overall impression - a desperate measure!
Date of Birth: September 25, 1969
Place of Birth: Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales
Relations: Husband: Michael Douglas (actor); son (with Douglas):
Dylan Michael; former companion: Jon Peters (producer); father: Dai;
mother: Pat; brothers: Lyndon, David