Diandra Luker is a multi-talented American businesswoman cum film producer; famously known as the former spouse of the veteran actor and producer named Michael Douglas. Luker rose to the spotlight following her highly publicized divorce from the actor and after their divorce; she became more prominent following their fight for divorce settlements. The amazing lady spent her early years in Spain before moving to the United States to further her education. She has equally produced blockbuster movies including Broken Lines as well as other documentaries. Learn more about Luker below.
The talented producer Diandra Luker first stepped into this world in 1956, she was born on a small island in Majorca. Her dad is a Swiss-American diplomat while her mom is of Anglo-French ancestry. Growing up, Luker experienced unstable childhood due to the nature of her dad’s job which involves constant traveling. This led her father to enroll the young Diandra in a Swiss school for academic incarceration. When she completed her basic education, she relocated to the United States to further her studies.
While in the United States, Diandra enrolled at the School of Foreign Service called Edmund A. Walsh School situated in Georgetown. She was academically sound and indeed one of the best students in her class in 1975. Also, Diandra participated in several theatre performances organized by her school as well as identifying with different charity groups.
Career Success and Rise to Prominence
Soon after her graduation, Diandra first went into charity while working with The Red Cross Society. Her incredible impact in charity group was greatly appreciated which led her to join the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board of directors. There she also served as a writer for their film and television documentaries. That’s not all; she equally tried a little bit of modelling with Forbes Modeling agency. While she was there, Diandra worked with the likes of Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta at the time.
Joining the American film industry, Diandra served as a producer in an episode of the PBS Network television series titled American Masters in 1991. After that, she served as an associate producer of the documentary series titled Beatrice Woods: Mama of Dada in 1993. Her impressive job behind the scenes garnered huge attention after the documentary got positive reviews. She went on to work on the production of the television documentary titled Off The Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s in 1997. Her next project was in 2008 when she made her big-screen debut in the movie titled Broken Lines. The talented producer has equally worked on the set of a host of other movies and television series as well as documentaries till date.
Marriage to Michael Douglas
In 1977, during the inauguration ceremony of the then-United States President Jimmy Carter, Diandra Luker who was also an attendee met with the Hollywood star named Michael Douglas. Meanwhile, Michael is an award-winning American actor and film producer; best known for his works on The Streets of San Francisco and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The actor has bagged several awards for his excellent and creative movies as well as his acting prowess. He has been honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award by the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute for his contributions in enriching the American culture through motion pictures and television.
During their meeting, the duo bonded so well and suddenly fell in love at first sight. Seeing the connection between them, the couple had a brief relationship before they finally tied the knot in March 1977. The following year, the gorgeous couple welcomed their first child, a son named Cameron Douglas in 1978. They continued to enjoy a wonderful marital relationship until 1995 when their relationship turned sour.
Diandra Luker’s Divorce from Michael Douglas
Diandra and Douglas were married for eighteen years before their blossoming relationship hit the rocks. Luker filed for a divorce from her husband while demanding a lump sum of $45 million in alimony. The fights over their divorce settlement lingered from 1995 until when it was finalized in 2000. The court ruled in favor of Diandra and Douglas was asked to pay her the sum of $45 million. After that, the duo went their separate ways while having equal custody of their son Cameron.
After their divorce, Diandra went into another relationship with a business tycoon named Zach Hampton Bacon III. A few years into their relationship, the couple welcomed fraternal twins named Hudson and Hawk from a surrogate mother in 2004. Their relationship was greatly anticipated to last very long; nevertheless, it ended a few years later and the pair went their separate ways. Luker also adopted another baby girl named Imira from Kazakhstan making her children four.
Additionally, her ex-husband, Douglas went on to marry a Welsh actress named Catherine Zeta-Jones. The pair had their wedding in November 2000. Together they have two children, a son named Dylan Michael and a daughter named Carys Zeta. Despite being 25 years younger than her husband, Catherine and Douglas have been living together for close to two decades and there is no sign of divorce between those two.