The Unauthorised BiographyMichael Douglas is one of the last of the great movie stars. This man - with one of the most recognisable faces on the planet - has proved that he can 'play the game' and win, like many of the characters he has portrayed. Yet along the way he has had to content with the looming presence of his father, the celebrated actor Kirk Douglas, and much personal torment.Douglas stepped out of his father's shadow to become the star of box-office smashes such as Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, Wall Street and Basic Instinct. He is also a powerful producer, responsible for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The China Syndrome, Face/Off and other hits. He has won Oscars in both of his roles.In this long-overdue biography, Andy Dougan explores the factors that have made Michael Douglas into such a complex, driven and fascinating man. The divorce of his parents, his feelings of inadequacy, the failure of his first marriage, his alcohol abuse and his tabloid reputation as a 'sex addict' are all considered, as are his new life with Catherine Zeta-Jones, their son and his recent critically acclaimed acting roles.In researching this unauthorised book Andy Dougan has interviewed a number of Douglas's circle - including his closest friend, Danny De Vito. The author also draws on his past extensive interviews with Douglas himself.