Things haven’t always been easy for Diandra Luker. She married Michael Douglas at the age of 19, the pair divorced, her son was sent to federal prison for heroin addiction, and when Luker filed a case against Douglas claiming the earnings of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the media started a negative portrayal of Luker’s image. And Douglas’s diagnosis of throat cancer certainly didn’t help the cause. But for all the negative portrayal of herself, Luker remains ever-positive and even suggested pulling out of the case. But despite all the negative portrayal, Luker is adamant that if she starts living according to everyone’s wishes she would get nowhere.
Who is Michael Douglas’ ex-wife Diandra Luker?
Diandra Luker is a former model and producer known for Broken Lines (2008), Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s (1997), and American Masters (1985). Despite her work in show business, Diandra finds herself in limelight for her marriage with ex-husband Michael Douglas.
Diandra DeMorrell Luker was born on April 16, 1956, in U.S. Her father was a Swiss-American diplomat, and her mother was an Anglo-French archeologist. As a child, Luker spent most of her life moving from place to place. Given her father’s work as a Swiss-American diplomat, and her mother as an Archeologist a nomadic way of life was unavoidable. She attended several boarding schools and including one in Santa Barbara, California when she was 9. Only a child, Luker lost her father, and as parenting responsibility came upon her mother, she was taken to the family home in Spain. Diandra was raised in Deya, a small town on the island of Majorca, off the coast of Spain. When she reached middle school age, she was sent off to boarding school to make sure she finished her studies seamlessly. She interned at a Swiss school before moving to Georgetown University. In the US, Luker enrolled at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University and matriculated in 1975. She then attended the University of California in Los Angeles.
Luker initially wanted to follow in her father’s diplomatic footsteps. She was a scholar student at Georgetown and interned at the White House. However, slowly her career focus shifted. After marriage to Douglas, the couple moved to Los Angeles where she attended the University of California, and later moved to New York in 1984.
During the early days, Luker’s cultivated background and striking looks made her an instant hit amongst modeling agencies. Soon enough, Luker began collecting funds for the Red Cross and produced documentaries for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Office of Film and Television. Her looks earned Luker a stint as a model and she worked for Eileen Ford. She also appeared on the society pages, dressed by the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, and Donna Karan.
But for all her life in the glamourous world of modeling, Luker knew her interest lies elsewhere. She started working on the creative side of filmmaking and made her debut as a producer in 1991. She produced the TV documentary, American Masters, which documented the tale of an artist. She went on to work on three more documentaries, America’s Music: The Roots of Country (1996), Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s (1997), and Broken Lines.
Meeting Michael Douglas:
Diandra Luker and Michael Douglas met at the White House in 1977. Luker 19 at the time, was a student at Georgetown University who also interned at the White House and Douglas was there attending a gala. Douglas at the time 32 was already a star following the production success of the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” which won 5 academy awards.
Love affair and Marriage:
Luker and Douglas connected instantly as such Douglas only took nine days to purpose to her after the first meeting. The pair married six weeks into their dating and Michael whisked Luker to Los Angeles. The pair had their first child, Cameron Douglas on December 13, 1978. But despite a fairytale romance, the marriage didn’t last and the couple separated in 1995. Luker never revealed what went down in the marriage and is adamant about not speaking out.
“For years, I’ve never said a word to anyone. I don’t feel that two wrongs make a right. I’m not into mudslinging, and I refuse to lower myself to even tell you the tip of the iceberg.”
The Greed Controversy:
The pair’s divorce was finalized in 2000 which included a $45 million settlement and his Santa Barbara Estate in California. While Luker was already slammed for the amount, things got from bad to worse when the pair’s son, Cameron, suffered from full-blown heroin addiction. Luker was slammed for her motherhood and the media portrayed a negative image of Luker. Luker then stroked the fire with a lawsuit claiming the earnings of Douglas’s movie, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. At the time, Michael was diagnosed with throat cancer, something that changed the entire media perception of Luker. She was portrayed as the villainous ex, something which had a profound effect on Luker. The case is yet to reach a conclusion.
Following her split from Michael, Luker dated business tycoon, Zach Hampton Bacon III. Luker and Bacon were engaged however the relationship fell through and marriage never happened. The pair had two sons via a surrogate Hawk Paxton DeMorrell Bacon and Hudson Hunter DeMorrell Bacon in 2004. She later adopted Imira Sestaca from Kazakhstan and gained full custody in 2005. She also dated Michael Klein in 2005, but the romance lasted only a few months.