19 April 2006
EXCLUSIVE: FALLING GOWN
Exclusive Hollywood star Douglas gets degree from St Andrews Uni
FALLING Down star Michael Douglas is to receive an honorary degree from St Andrews university.
The Oscar-winning actor will be made a Doctor of Laws in June, a uni spokesman said yesterday.
It came after Douglas, 61, blurted out the news while promoting his new movie, The Sentinel, in Los Angeles.
St Andrews principal Dr Brian Lang confirmed: "We are honouring Michael Douglas in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British film. A major figure in contemporary cinema, he is a major film producer, movie actor and frequent visitor to St Andrews.
"The event will be all the more timely given the forthcoming official launch of the university's department of film studies."
Douglas, son of Hollywood legend Kirk, starred in Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction and won his Best Actor Oscar for Wall Street. He and his Welsh actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones - who is 25 years younger than him - are both golf-mad.
They are regularly spotted in St Andrews, both on and off the famous Old Course.
Speaking in Los Angeles yesterday, Douglas recalled: "Three years ago, I was at St Andrews and they asked if I would do a Q and A with the students.
"I had never seen so many beautiful women in my life.
"I then found out that Prince William was at the school. That was a time to be there."