• Diandra Luker is a film producer, best known for her marriage to actor Michael Douglas.
• She was born in 1956 in the US and has a net worth of $45 million earned from her divorce settlement.
• She studied at a Swiss boarding school and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
• She produced documentaries for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later moved on to producing films.
• She and Douglas divorced in 1995 and he later married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Who is Diandra Luker?
Diandra Luker was born in 1956, in the United States of America, and is a film producer, but probably best known for being the first wife of actor Michael Douglas. Her former husband has received numerous accolades over the course of his career, including two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.
The Net Worth of Diandra Luker
How rich is Diandra Luker? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $45 million, earned as a significant sum from her divorce settlement. Her husband has a huge amount of wealth, with sources stating that he has accumulated an estimated net worth at $300 million. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Diandra grew up on the island of Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous region and a part of the Spain in the Mediterranean. Including islands such as Ibiza and Menorca, popular destinations of tourists from the United Kingdom and Germany. The international airport of Palma de Mallorca is one of the busiest in Spain.
She was the daughter of an ambassador and diplomat. Her father decided that during middle school, she would study at a boarding school in Switzerland, and after completing her studies there, she continued her education in the US, and it was during this period while studying at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service that she met actor Michael Douglas,. After completing her education, she began by doing a lot of charity work especially with The Red Cross.
Transition to Production
Luker’s charity work eventually landed her a spot on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board of directors, where she was assigned to produce documentaries for the Film and Television arm of the institution. She also began modelling work, signing with Ford Models and working with Donna Karan as well as Carolina Herrera. She discovered her passion for production, and in 1991 produced an episode of the “American Masters”, a series of documentaries about writers, artists and musicians. She produced an episode about Frederic Remington who is a painter, sculptor, writer and illustrator, who specialized in depictions of the American Old West, often featuring images of cowboys, American Indians, and other figures from that time.
She continued producing documentaries, including “The Birth of Sound/Singing Cowboys and Western Swing”, and “Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s” which details the final weeks of the popular diner establishment which served celebrities and politicians. In 2008, she was an executive producer for the film entitled “Broken Lines”, which follows the story of two people who find each other after suffering severe tragedies.
Ex-Husband Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas is the eldest son of Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill. He began his career acting in a variety of productions, and made his breakthrough in the series “The Streets of San Francisco” in the early ‘70s, for which he earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations. He produced the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” which earned him an Academy Award for Best Pictur, and continued producing films after his television work, including “The China Syndrome” and “Romancing the Stone” in which he also re-introduced himself to the acting scene.
He reprised his role in the film “The Jewel of the Nile”, which he also produced, and then gained critical acclaim for his role of Gordon Gekko in the film “Wall Street” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, reprising his role in the sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” years later. Other popular films he worked on include “Fatal Attraction”, “Basic Instinct”, “The Game”, “Ant-Man”, and “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, winning an Emmy Award for his role in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra”. One of his latest roles is playing an acting coach in the series “The Kominsky Method”, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
Marriage, Family, and Divorce
Diandra married Michael when she was just 19 years old and he was 32, actually within two weeks of dating, and did not have any problem with their marriage during the first decade. They had a child together, but then their relationship started degrading, and in 1995 they separated and their divorce was finalized five years later. In the divorce settlement, she received $45 million as well as various properties, plus a lot of criticism from with fans of Douglas telling her that she was very greedy.
Tabloids later reported that her son had become a drug addict, and was later incarcerated, possibly stemming from his mother’s attitude as well as the divorce of his parents. She later defended herself, stating that she only took what she was owed. On the other hand Douglas agreed to the divorce so that he could marry Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones – they were born on the same date but 25 years apart. The two met in France, and it was there that he professed his love for her. The two are apparently happily married and living in New York City.