But Catherine Zeta-Jones was back at the Wall Street star's side this week, and looking better than ever.
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The 42-year-old joined her leading man in New York, at the annual presentation of the Monte Cristo Award – which is given every year to a prominent actor in recognition of a distinguished career.
Catherine, on glowing form and showing off her trim figure in a gold flecked LDB, had a special task at the ceremony.
She presented the trophy to Michael, 67, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre, where he is a trustee.
Michael's one time housemate Danny DeVito is among the co-chairs of the event's honorary committee. Other members include his Jewel in the Nile co-star Kathleen Turner, his father Kirk and stepmother Anne.
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