I have some vintage scandal mixed with some new shade. First, the vintage scandal: Michael Douglas and his former wife Diandra had a famously terrible marriage. He cheated on her a lot, they were separated for years, and Diandra put up a huge fight when he wanted a divorce. Diandra wanted money, lots and lots of money. And she got a big settlement and Michael went on to marry Catherine Zeta-Jones (there was some overlap between his extended divorce from Diandra and his relationship with Zeta). Zeta and Diandra never got along and Zeta casually shaded Diandra a few times over the years (mostly about Diandra’s constant decorating and redecorating of Michael’s properties).
Skip ahead to present day. Michael and Diandra have put up a unified front in supporting their son Cameron, who sits in jail after felony drug convictions. Neither parent can believe that all of their money and influence hasn’t made Cameron’s situation any better. Well, Diandra gave a new interview and she’s sounding off about Zeta, about her ex-husband’s marriage and about her son Cameron. It is… um…
Michael Douglas’s former wife has criticised Catherine Zeta Jones after apparently accusing her of selling her private life. Diandra Douglas launched the thinly-veiled attack on the Welsh actress in an interview from the home in Majorca which she still shares with the Hollywood star. It seems to be related to Zeta Jones and her husband selling pictures of themselves and family – including their 2000 wedding – to glossy magazines.
Asked about rumours that Zeta Jones, who is back with Douglas after a brief separation, had tried to buy her half share of the Spanish villa, she retorted: ‘It’s not true. Sometimes people say things without the slightest proof. Why would someone who doesn’t speak Spanish or the local Majorcan language or knows nothing about this culture want a house here? She doesn’t even come here much.’
And responding to a question about why she was ‘less visible’ on the Spanish resort than the Hollywood actors now, Diandra, 56, added: ‘That’s because I don’ t believe in showing off. I’ve never sold photos or kept money from anything and I’ve always given everything away to charity. I’m proud to be able to say that I’ve never turned my private life into showbusiness. Too much public exposure affects children.’
Diandra, Douglas’s wife of 18 years, also revealed she and her jailed son Cameron, 35, ‘meditated for his freedom’ every night for 15 minutes at the same time.
Both the Wall Street star, and Diandra have spoken out in support of Cameron who was sentenced to nine-and-a-half-years in prison in 2010 for selling methamphetamine and heroin possession. A US judge nearly doubled his sentence after he was found guilty of repeatedly breaking prison rules by arranging to get drugs. He was placed in solitary confinement for several months after failing a prison drugs test – and is not scheduled for release until 2018.
Diandra said she can now visit him every other weekend following his release from solitary but told respected Spanish newspaper El Mundo: ‘Putting a drug addict in a jail is like putting a diabetic in a cake shop without treatment. It’s horrible that someone with money and famous parents should receive such tough punishment.’
She also insisted reports she had lost a recent court battle for half Michael Douglas’s salary and royalties from 2010 Wall Street sequel Wall Street 2, were wrong. Diandra was widely reported to have lost a fight to get her hands on the huge fee the actor earned for his role as Gordon Gekko. But she insisted she had instructed lawyers to halt her claim after learning he was ill with cancer.
The Zeta shade is what is. Diandra can’t stand Zeta and the feeling is mutual. There are old grudges there, and I’m not going to pretend that Zeta is some angel who never said a bad word against Diandra. I think Diandra’s anger is misplaced, of course, and that she should be angrier at Michael for the way he treated her for years and years. But whatever. The really interesting part (to me) is this: “It’s horrible that someone with money and famous parents should receive such tough punishment.” That’s really how she thinks. How could this happen to my son? His father is famous and we have money. The only people who should go to jail are poor people or unfamous people.
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I just can’t with the pervasive sense of entitlement some of these celebs feel due. STFU.
and “too much public exposure effects kids” says the mother of a drug addicted convicted felony.
Exactly. I mean, I’m not pointing fingers at her, because I have no idea what kind of mother she has been. She could be awesome at it, and her son could have a chemical imbalance that isn’t anyone’s fault. But this whole thing just sounds like she needs someone to blame.
Her son was never exposed to the press while he was growing up. So how to explain how he turned out, Diandra? From the one bio I read on MD, it seems MD was an absentee father while Ms. Diandra was more caught up in her own life. She was physically there but wasn’t “there” you know?
That’s right, no one was there to enforce rules and expectations on the son. That’s why he ended up the way he did.
+1. So she’s mother of the year?
I’m with you PunkyMomma! This woman is delusional! Yeah, she gives everything to charity. Please! And she’s telling CZJ what is good or bad for her kids? Like she’s an expert! I’m beginning to see why the kid wanted to escape with drugs!
Exactly STFU AND WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF SENTENCING THAT BLACK AND BROWN AND US NORMS LIVE IN EVERY EFFING DAY!!… Seriously, these two act like their wee baby Seamus just had a wee bit mistake when court records amply show that was NOT the case.
Also women. My cousin’s daughter was caught in possession of meth and selling a small amount to an undercover cop. She got life. First offense. Life in prison. She was wrong, and people who deal drugs should be punished, but there should be some semblance of equality in sentencing. Diandra can kiss my ass.
Don’t get me started on this subject. Not when another white man has killed a young black person to “protect” himself. How about a woman given a long sentence for shooting two warning shots over an abusive man’s head? You can kill in point blank range for the smallest perception of danger, but not warn off a known dangerous abuser. It’s shameful.
Exactly….& she neglects to mention he initially got 5 years and then was caught, in prison, doing more drugs. Was he treated more harshly? Probably but he is not completely innocent either.
That father, that grandfather, their fame, their money and that skin are what kept his happy ass from serving 20 years after he got caught trying to drug run in prison. She should be damned grateful for what he managed to avoid because you can’t get any more illegal and contemptuous that that. Meditate on that. And that’s the truth, mayamae, if he were Tyrone, he could have been extrajudicially executed for ‘misappropriation of oxygen’ while walking down the street about a hundred times by now. Her victim tears are confused.
Good names- that is awful. I hope something changes and she gets out sooner.
Thank you, Stephanie. I do, too. I’m not excusing what she did, but she was young, stupid and got involved with the wrong guy. She has a chance of parole after 15 years. Her son is 4, so he won’t have her around for his entire childhood. Her parents are shattered beyond words. Their baby girl, and all of that. I think she did something really wrong, and if she had continued on this path she may have died, so I think jail was warranted and maybe even a blessing for her. But life in prison? How many men get off after 4, 5 years for rape, abuse, even murder? I just think it’s awfully harsh.
“How many men get off after 4, 5 years for rape, abuse, even murder?”
That’s what I think about when I hear about drug crimes receiving decade plus sentences. It boggles my mind that a drug user could be deemed a bigger threat to society than someone who attempts to kill, does kill or rape someone.
That is really horrible! It seems way to harsh to a Young woman with a small Child ! so sorry to hear that isn’t there anything that can be done at all? (not from the US so don’t know how the system works over there).
I remember seeing on tv about a guy in US who had robbed people and got like 25 years, when in prison he turned around and really repented what he had done and started to give lectures etc. And they wanted to set him free earlier because of his passion but he refused. My Point is maybe there is some way for her such as working with the Church or I don’t know? Contact amnesty international?
To show that she is a changed person..just a thought but I just thought it was so sad what you told us.
I will pray for her.
Best wishes from Sweden.
Holy quap Goodnames
Who benefits or learns from that sentence? Where I am, sentences re drugs also far outstrip those for vehicular manslaughter, even premeditated murder. Actually there *is* a lesson of course: violence and alcohol abuse ie, DUI) are well tolerated in our society, so carry on lads.
Very sorry indeed for your family.
My favorite quote from this verbal self medication is, “It’s horrible that someone with money and famous parents should receive such tough punishment.” This whole interview is about this woman talking about how misunderstood she is and how nothing is really her fault. Oh, and someone should tell her that while her ex is famous, no one really knows who she is.
That comment was so blatantly clueless that I can only imagine she meant–as Micheal Douglas has said in the past–that their son was charged so harshly BECAUSE his parents were wealthy and famous. Which is totally delusional also but a little more defensible.
I agree with Molly B. That was my first thought, too: that she meant he got such a sentence BECAUSE of who his parents are – as “exemplary” punishment, as it were.
She MIGHT have meant that it was horrible that he was treated worse than those with similar crimes just because he is rich and famous. That has been a constant argument from his lawyer, and she may have just said it incorrectly under the pressure of the interview. Hell, I misspeak all the time in normal conversation.
She might have meant that, but she’s wrong. He was not punished as harshly as other people who have committed lesser crimes but were not the children of rich & famous people. Whichever way she meant it, she’s wrong.
Obviously this is your first time to the Diandra rodeo. Homegirl always makes clueless entitled statements. She acts like she’s more than she actually is (an ex-Hollywood wife). She probably lives in Majorca now because she has no sway in Hollywood. People are probably like ‘you’re the ex of Michael Douglas? So?’. The Douglas name doesn’t matter when you’re no longer a Douglas.
It’s horrible that someone with money and famous parents should receive such tough punishment.”
Maybe this is a big part of the reason that the kid ended up in jail in the first place. Jail is actually for everyone! I agree that jail is not a great place to battle addiction, but oh well. He broke the law, and actions do have consequences.
This right here. There’s a jumpsuit to fit everybody.
Exactly! Plus it’s not like all her money helped him get clean before this happened! Maybe this will be the best thing that ever happens to him…no coddling, no enablers telling him it’s not his fault. Maybe he’ll actually get clean and grow up!
I thought the same thing!
I love what you said, “jail is actually for everyone!”. She really has no clue and maybe your slogan could sell it to her, like a tourism add. Because this ladies head is up in the clouds.
Her head isn’t up in the clouds, it’s up her ass.
Not only that, but I seem to remember that this guy’s convictions were for moving kilos of crystal meth across state lines….not just for possessing small amounts for personal use.
I don’t think people should be in jail for nonviolent drug offenses, and treatment is better than punishment – but their son ‘only’ got ten years for offenses that would have gotten a regular person 20-25, so the wealth and fame did apparently help a bit.
I absolutely agree! He would have gotten a lot more time had he not had good lawyers and his father’s name and influence behind him. A “Normal” person would have gotten a lot more time. This statement and others that Michael have made shows that they believe their son is better than all the other dealers and addicts in prison because Michael is an actor and rich.
“I don’t think people should be in jail for nonviolent drug offenses, and treatment is better than punishment”
I agree 100%. Sometimes putting an addict in jail puts them in a place where they have access to the substance they are battling. I also think that jail space should be reserved for the highest priorities: those that are a danger to society and have committed crimes that are violent and/or rape related.
A great documentary to watch is.. The House I Live In..
addresses so many issues.
Yes. He was dealing-it’s not like he was caught with a couple of joints. And I’m sure he was in rehab a million times before. I have sympathy for anybody who’s lives are ruined by addiction-it’s horrendous. But he crossed the line to actual, serious crimes. Dealing meth and heroin should send you to jail for a long time.
Meh, I think she was trying to argue that his sentence was harsher because he has famous parents. I’m not saying I’m in agreement, but I’m not sure it was a statement of entitlement. I’m the odd one out in that I never went gaga for Zeta-Jones. She has said some really bitchy things, herself.
She can try to argue that but he continued to break laws while IN prison and that is why his sentence was increased. Perhaps if she (and his father) hadn’t raised him with a sense that you can do what you want because the consequences will be less severe when your name and money buys the judges, he wouldn’t have some of the problems he does.
It has nothing to do with how his parents raised him..he’s an addict.
Tammy, plenty of people are addicts but they don’t get caught trying to smuggle enough drugs into a prison to supply most of the inmates. That’s a business decision, not an addiction decision.
Imo he had a bad start – absent parents, for example – MD did say he wasn’t there for Cameron when he was growing up, I really doubt the fact that DD was a good mother, sorry, there are single mothers with not so many financial resources who raise their children so well. And then, maybe he thought he would get away with everything, because he’s a Douglas.
Lilacflowers….he was only charged with possession for the drugs in his cell, not intent to distribute or he would have had more time added on. He smuggled drugs into his cell because he wanted to use, he’s an addict, not because his parents raised him with a sense of entitlement. Stop blaming the parents…he’s a grown man & he’s responsible for his own decisions.
Not a chance. There was outrage at his original sentence since most of his convictions carry mandatory sentences much higher than he received. He’s only in so long for trying to score drugs while in prison.
I really hope you’re right. I didn’t notice that quote until after I posted my comment below, but I will lose respect for her if she honestly believes that privilege merits legal immunity.
Kind of takes all the validity away from her claim that drug laws don’t work; she’s probably fine with the fact that drug laws typically victimize the poorest and most oppressed members of society.
I think you are right, Kiddo…but thinking thats what she meant dosen’t make me like any of the players in this situation one bit. MD, CZJ, DD, or CD…even if thats not what she was saying, I do think they all believe that the priviledged should be judged by a different set of rules…
@MrsBPitt, yeah I’m not fan of any of them in the human sense. They’ve had some good acting gigs, but that doesn’t make them great people.
And the privileged are judged by a different set of rules: better representation, more likely to be able to afford bail, experts, investigations, and so on.
People above and below, here’s my quote again, should anyone be going ape-shit on my comment: I’m not saying I’m in agreement, I was interpreting what I thought she intended to say.
His sentence is harsher because he kept getting caught with drugs. He was caught with a whole bunch of meth, sentenced, and then kept getting caught trying to get drugs into prison. If your 30 something child is repeatedly in trouble with the law over his drug issues, and then get sentenced to real time, it’s probably not a reflection of his dad’s celebrity status.
Diandra is also making an interesting point that her son is a drug addict that needs treatment not prison. He definitely belongs in prison for breaking the law but there’s no way he will receive adequate treatment in prison.
Except all those fancy and expensive rehab treatment centers won’t help him either if he doesn’t to get clean. Maybe in prison he’ll be forced off the drugs and his head will clear enough for him to grow up and realize he can do better with his life.
@Suzy from Ontario You can get drugs in prison just as easily as you can get drugs on the street. I believe he has gotten drugs in prison too. So I don’t think he’ll be forced off. He’ll only kick if he wants to and gets the proper treatment.
If you have to go to jail for recidivism then there should be serious treatment in jail. The problem is the smuggling issue. I wonder how many guards might be involved, whether directly or through complete negligence.
So dealing pounds of meth and heroin he got from drug cartels is no big deal? You do realize he went to prison for dealing drugs, not taking them. If you think he is deserving of a lesser punishment because he is an addict that is saying that all high level drug dealers deserve lesser punishments.
The amount of drugs Cameron was dealing are the reasons why our cities and schools are polluted with drugs and drug addicts.
@Eliza I don’t know if that was directed at me but I’m pretty sure I didn’t say dealing drugs was no big deal. Also, I guess you didn’t read the part where I say he belongs in prison for breaking the law.
I agree that it sounds more like an edit where she was suggesting he was made an example of because of his money and famous father. But I certainly was gaga over CZJ. She was just stunning when she first got really famous.
eh I disagree. Cameron was given many chances he got in trouble many times. The parents always made excuses for him and still are. Even now they are saying he is just a drug user except he got caught selling extra large amounts of drugs from prison. The reason his sentence is so large is his fault. And his parents are just bitter that their money and privilege couldn’t buy him a better defense. All of them have basically moaned and wrote letters to the judge begging him to let Cameron out but it didn’t work. This is one time that a child of a celebrity got treated like everyone else.
His sentence got extended because he got caught using drugs while in prison, but his initial sentence was for dealing. He’s an addict who was dealing…
i’m with you @kiddo.
i took her remarks to mean that her son was given a harsher sentence because of his family’s fame and fortune.
i feel for them.
i can’t imagine the agony for a parent whose child is locked up in prison for committing crimes, yes, and he should be punished.
but the agony of worrying for his well-being given that he’s an addict.
BTW…deandra in her hay day was (and still is) STUNNING.
i remember seeing her and michael in a TV interview as a kid and i had never seen a more gorgeous women.
CZJ can’t hold a candle to her looks.
She can try to argue that, but it’s not like this was the first time and they threw the book at him.
His first sentence back in 1999 was very light-cocaine possession and he got off on probation when he pleaded to a lesser charge. Then again in 07 with possession and he got probation again. Then when he got busted in 09, he had so much at his house that it was clear he was dealing and he got charged with intent to distribute.
That time he was under a easy house arrest post conviction-but his girlfriend snuck drugs into him. So that got him a average 5 year sentence for dealing (he would have likely gotten out in 3), but then he got drugs in prison AGAIN with a clear intent to distribute. So they added another 4 years. He had his chances and threw them away.
With what “L” said about Cameron’s drug selling history, it seems prison is the best place for him. His pattern shows he doesn’t care enough about how wrong he is. Maybe being stuck in prison would put some sense into him that there are consequences. No doubt he’s had years of opportunities to go to therapy and drug rehab, but apparently he’s not taken it seriously.
From how his mother thinks, it seems that maybe his parents are his enablers and part of why he doesn’t think he should change for the better. He’s probably had that sense of entitlement and above-the-law thinking drilled into his head since he was a baby. I can imagine what his mother is filling his head with on her bi-weekly visits. Probably not good & healthy advice.
He was only charged and sentenced for possession of drugs while in prison…not intent to distribute like his original sentence.
“I think she was trying to argue that his sentence was harsher because he has famous parents”
I think so, too.
What has she done to her face? She looks like an entire nest of bees stung her. As for the son, he committed the crime; he must do the time and the laws are not different for the famous, lady, so get over yourself.
Diandra, step away from the Botox and Restalyne….
She’s really turning herself into an ugly woman, inside and out.
Wow, what a statement she made. Her face and soul are equally matched.
Diandra’s constant bitterness is startling and must be destroying *smh*
And with these quotes I’m starting to understand why Cameron turned to drugs
My cousin has a son from his first wife. Every time it was time for his son to visit, his ex-wife would start the manipulation. She would cry and tell her son he was all she had, she didn’t know what she would do without him, she would miss him terribly, etc. Then she would pack her picture in his suitcase and send him on his way. Add in that my cousin remarried and had two more children, and their relationship was really damaged. I imagine the ex told her son that his dad had moved on and made a new family. I don’t know if DD is anything like this, but it’s very damaging.
That was kind of an amazing quote. Rich famous people should not go to jail??
And being raised with that attitude all around him is probably a big reason why he hasn’t improved. Why bother getting better when mommy and daddy are there to save you.
I had a different spin on her quote — Diandra and Michael have both said that they think Cameron got a harsher punishment because of his father’s money and celebrity. I think she was probably trying to imply that again here.
I think they are WRONG — I think he got more chances because of it — but they are both very bitter about how Cameron has been treated by the legal system.
This. I recall Muchael getting most of the heat (interviews/pap’d) in the beginning & him saying something similar. While I tend to think Cameron got more chances, he continued to make the same bad decisions repeatedly (addiction + growing up with no real boundaries) which extended his time. I also believe he’s a snitch & the fact that he isn’t dead yet probably speaks more to the Douglas influence than anything. He wasn’t just a user or a dealer, he was involved in a “drug ring”, I’d be willing to bet he gave up EVERYONE to not own up to his part.
The punishment for bringing drugs INTO a prison, which is what he was trying to do is harsh, for good reason.
It seems to me that neither of his parents want him to take any responsibility for himself that could be part of his problem idk. They want to blame the courts and law but really I think it’s partly their fault.
Everyone’s “shading” each other lately. When did this term become a thing?
I don’t know, my family has been using it since at least 2004 on the regular.
Call me old fashioned, but I interpret ‘shading’ as making snide comments which makes me dislike the usage of it as I despise people who make snide comments. Say it loud and proud and suffer the consequences without pretending you were misunderstood or ‘taken out of context’ another weasel-like statement!!
“Shade comes from reading, Reading came first. You get in a crack and everyone laughs and kikis because you’ve found a flaw and exaggerated it, then youve got a good read going”
“Shade is I dont tell you you’re Ugly but I dont have to tell you because you know you’re ugly…and that’s shade”
Dorian Corey -Paris Is Burning (1991)
….then the new fabulous social media savvy black gay community brought shade back…and soon some white girl is going to appropriate it and feont like she came with this novel Idea!
I better read that book. 🙂
Much like ratchet or twerking.
@Chris-Paris is burning is a documentary. (And it’s wonderful) It also cover the ball scene and the early origins of certain kinds of club dancing. It’s on Netflix instant.
I recently found out that that appropriation is called ‘Columbusing’.
It started in the black or gay community I’m not sure which first but it was really an underground thing and now everyone uses it (too much and not the correct way). The phrase has become annoying. I really kind of hate it.
I kind of like “shade”, I just hate the whole “thirsty” thing!
Thanks for the info everyone.
I’m glad you asked, Chris.
I could infer its meaning, but had no idea where it came from. I’d feel a blooming idiot using it though, it’d sound very silly from an old gal like me I think!
Throwing shade is relatively new, I guess, but things being shady, of questionable character, goes back to 1880 or something.
“Putting a drug addict in a jail is like putting a diabetic in a cake shop without treatment.”
So true. Study after study after study prove that stricter criminalization laws directly correlate to more overdoses and more drug use. And prisons are full of contraband. Dealers and cartels only benefit from these laws, so it doesn’t diminish supply in the slightest. Meanwhile, small-time users are separated from their children (increasing the risk of “inheriting” addiction), minorities are targeted and removed from society (decreasing the chance of correcting racial imbalances)… UGH UGH UGH. This country’s justice system is SO backwards.
I appreciate sentiments like RDJ’s… that getting arrested can be the “rock bottom” an addict truly needs to get sober. But putting them away for years and years? Diandra is totally right. It’s cruel and counterproductive, and thanks to the prison industrial complex (not to mention classism and racism), no one seems to care.
But he’s in jail for dealing, not using. Huge difference.
Exactly. A drug dealer who moved POUNDS of meth he got from drug cartels.
He’s in prison for dealing IN prison, which is even bigger.
He was also caught using in prison (testing found he had been using).
Many times, the user becomes the dealer to support their habit.
Wasn’t Cameron dealing? I thought that was why he’d gotten a tougher sentence.
Brittney B, I agree with your comment. Prison is the worst place for someone who has addiction issues. He needs treatment. prison only makes it harder for people to get off drugs. If he’s had the proper treatment he may have not started dealing.
Yeah, I think some people deal to make empires, a ton of cash, and are ruthless in that pursuit. Then there are people who deal to have a constant source of drugs and money for more drugs. I think there is a distinction there, but I don’t know enough about him personally. The Douglases seem to have a lot of issues. His brother died of an OD, so it runs in the family. Didn’t Michael Douglas abuse drugs and alcohol too?
Yes. Kirk, too.
Well written, Brittany B.
Even if people have no compassion on this topic, if you look at the facts, sending addicts to prison is not pragmatic. It does no good, it actually worsens the problem, and wastes TONS of money doing so.
Didn’t Zeta mentioned the same thing back then? Something about giving them and the son a special treatment which didn’t happen and so she was pissed.
9 1/2 years is too harsh IMO. Sigh. Why are these rich kids who are settled for life and don’t have to work a day in their life waste it and go to jail or do something stupid. I just don’t understand. Like, why?
He was a high level drug dealer. Not some sad drug addict. He had ties to huge drug traffickers. His punishment is deserved.
Diandra is a known wackjob.
I know that Cameron is an adult and made his own choices, but I can’t help but feel he slipped through the cracks with two parents who had no interest in actually parenting him.
At least MD admits it. He’s gone on record in several interviews in which he has admitted being either absent or uninterested. Given that Kirk was the same type of parent, i’d say history repeating itself.
MD is lucky he got a do-over with CZJ and a new family AND he recognised the need to be a better parent/husband to his second family.
Yeah, I’m old so I actually remember when they (Diandra and Douglas) got together. She was only 20, from a Washington D.C. family (didn’t know anything about showbiz) and he was an old 35-year-old extremely successful Hollywood player. That’s why it skeeves me out to see Leo and Bradley Cooper with their young things. They had nothing in common. It seemed to me she was never happy and overwhelmed from the beginning. I have no idea why they stayed together for so long. I think because she never got a chance to know who she really was without him. Girls, WAIT until you have your own life settled to get married!
“It’s horrible that someone with money and famous parents should receive such tough punishment.”
And that, in one sentence, perfectly sums up how their son got to the point where he is now: completely enabling parents.
“I’m proud to be able to say that I’ve never turned my private life into showbusiness. Too much public exposure affects children.” She says, in an interview solely about her private life and her kid.
I had to chuckle at her being low profile in Spain compared to “other actors” because she chooses to be – she’s not an actor, is only “famous” for being married to Michael, and most people probably have no idea who she is. Yeah, it’s her choice, sure.
However she meant the rich and famous/jail comment, it comes off terribly.
Yeah, when she said that about “other actors” I was really confused, because I thought she was famous for being married to MD. Must be “really hard” to keep such a low profile…
LOL totally agree with you lucy2.
I think it’s funny that she shades MD and CZJ
About money saying she gives to charity.
Doesn’t she just give away MDs money? What
This woman is a piece of work. That Daily Mail article on her during the time when Cameron was first sentenced and they and friends of the family were all submitting letters for leniency, the things that came out about her are something and it was from long-time friends. Even her own friend said she wasn’t the best mother. And then adopting other children and the weirdness about that.
Here’s some of it.
“Virginia-based artist Nancy Hersch Ingram, who has known Diandra since Diandra was a child and is Cameron’s godmother, wrote that Diandra was immature and raised her son “with enormous privilege and little structure.”
John Rickard, a childhood California friend at whose home Cameron spent much of his time, said in his note to the judge: “Frankly, she was not very motherly at all, [she] didn’t spend much time with Cameron.
“My family was very supportive and loving, while his was not,” Rickard said. “[Cameron] was more an accessory than a son.”
A longtime friend of Cameron told The Post: “I think Diandra means well. She’s enamored with the idea of motherhood. But being a mom is above her pay grade. It’s just not natural to her.”
“Family friends fear that things are much the same with Diandra’s younger children.
Shortly after Diandra brought adopted daughter Imara home to New York, she took off on a long vacation, leaving the baby with a family friend, according to one of the child’s caretakers.
“I think children just over-tax her,” one caretaker said.
Diandra complains about Imara having an Eastern European temperament, several friends told The Post, and lightens the blue-eyed girl’s hair because she thinks it isn’t blond enough.
Meanwhile, just before her surrogate gave birth to twins, Hudson and Hawk, in March 2004, Diandra nearly bailed out of the deal when she learned the babies would be boys.
“Diandra had her heart set on a little girl,” hedge-fund manager Zack Bacon, the boys’ biological father, told reporters in 2005.
A “disappointed” Diandra immediately “began arranging for the adoption of a third infant, a baby girl,” behind his back, Bacon said.
Bacon and Diandra were engaged but never married and, after a nasty custody battle, now share the boys.
She got her adopted daughter through baby broker Orson Mozes, who’s now in jail for running an adoption scam.”
“At Cameron’s sentencing, Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman blasted both Diandra and Michael Douglas, saying that the letters revealed “problematic parenting” and that the pair had been “absent,” “distant” and “immature.”
Michael, whose hit flicks have included “Wall Street” and “Fatal Attraction,” has publicly copped to being a lousy dad when Cameron was young.”.
Hard to understand why a women like that would even want kids. She would have stopped at one if she actually had to raise him.
Not saying she isn’t, but let’s just absorb Michael was married to her for 18 years… That’s doesn’t speak volumes to gus great choices or parenting either
Micheal may have been married to her for 18yrs, but 10 of those 18yrs were separated.
I remember growing up and seeing their pictures in glamour magazines as a couple attending events (assuming it wasn’t a PR set up) and then by the early 90s hardly seeing them together and by the mid-90s all the glamour/gossip magazines saying they were separated, but couldn’t be bothered to divorce for various reasons.
Michael openly escorted all manner of starlets and socialites who were proudly labelled as GFs despite no actual divorce papers for years. Neither DD nor MD seemed to be in any hurry to divorce despite acknowledging the separation.
I think, despite the romantic version of their how or why they got together, CZJ might have been another notch on MD’s belt. However, CZJ wasn’t exactly a naive starlet, and she wasn’t going to be dismissed like the others, and so Michael got a divorce.
I’ll never be convinced that first baby wasn’t an ATM baby, but she’s lucky that MD seems devoted and besotted with her.
Hudson and Hawk?
Thanks for the link Jayna. That article is eye opening, Diandra has a big nerve commenting about other people’s parenting skills when she has been exposed by her own close family and friends as a sh!t parent (not just MG). MG and CZJ’ s family provide probably the healthiest real family structure that Cameron has come to experience.
She is a typical upper class person who thinks because of her wealth, connections and privileged life, people like her should always be given a pass in life for their mistakes and unfortunately she has taught her son to have that same entitled attitude.
She needs to back away from the syringe.
She is very bitter about her situation with her ex as well as her situation with her son. I can’t really blame her.
Also, I feel for the son. Yes, he screwed up and was given ample chances, but addiction is an illness not everyone can overcome.
Excuse me, BUT her son may be a drug addict BUT he was also a DRUG DEALER, who was caught selling giant quantities, so she can screw off with her b.s about the poor drug addict son of a wealthy and connected Hollywood couple.
I suppose that poor drug addicts should remain in prison but her rich, privileged, drug dealing son should get out because of who his parents are?
This woman is also a greedy old bag. She comes from money, got a huge settlement from Douglas and still wants more. How noble of her to halt the lawsuit when Douglas got cancer.
Well since everything she says is otherwise pretty laid back, her comments could also be interpreted that she thinks her son is being made an example of BECAUSE he comes from money and has rich parents, not that she thinks he should be special. The better point is how badly drug addicts are treated and that putting them in jail where drugs are everywhere is insane. Still, I suspect the boy got a tough sentence because he was dealing. Hurting others not just himself.
Well, apparently drugs were not everywhere in Cameron’s prison because he was busted trying to smuggle the drugs in so he could sell them.
I believe he originally got a rather lenient sentence for a federal drug charge conviction and considering the amounts of drugs he had in his possession but made things worse for himself when he later tried to smuggle large quantities into prison to sell.
What bugs me about this isn’t the stuff about the son, although that’s pretty horrible, it’s that she’s claiming she dropped that royalties lawsuit after Michael got sick. That just isn’t factually true. She pushed for depositions while he was sick and there is an actual judge’s ruling on the proper jurisdiction for the suit and one on the merits. He sided against her, there was no dropping of the suit. She may have chosen not to appeal it, but that sounds more like not throwing good money after bad rather than some concern about his health.
His sentence seemed to be lighter because of his parents. And her quote there just shows why he’s in jail; he absolutely takes no responsibility for his actions. She’s his mother, and he’s a reflection of her. He’s a drug dealer meth addict and she seems to be a money-hungry redecorate-aholic.
Why is he a reflection of her? Are you saying Michael Douglas plays no part in this because Michael said the same thing Diandra said last year.
Both parents feel the courts were to hard on him and that he should get off easy. If any thing Comeron is a reflection of both of them father to busy filming and sleeping around then to spend time with his son and mother who is all about the money.
Yeah, ditto regarding your last paragraph. This dumb woman really thinks it and she is so dumb in a Maria-Antoinette sort of “give-the-poor-pastries-if-they-don’t-have-bread” way that she even announces it proudly for everyone to hear. The worst of it is that she sincerely doesn’t see anything wrong with that. So there it is the stamp of the rich and the privileged who are allowed to trash and kill and destroy and should never pay for whatever they have done in return, because they are rich.
Horrifying. Poor Cameron. No wonder he is a drug addict. I can only imagine what he has gone through living with this woman as his mother.
Unfortunately, Cameron has not responded to to the many pleas of his family to get clean. All the rehabs have not worked and the stark reality of jail time has done little. I can only hope this obvious mess of a man realizes sobriety before he kills himself. God Bless you all. Love is the answer. Especially love for yourself.
And Robert Downey Jr may disagree that prison is the wrong place for a addict. For some, probably most, yes. But for others who have blown through countless chances at rehab that their rich and famous parents can provide it may be the hitting rock bottom wake up call/ last chance that is needed.
And CD is a dealer as well as a addict and he got off lightly despite the claims. There is a reason he was tossed into solitary as well–having drugs smuggled into jail either for use or resell there. He’s not merely a drug addict—he’s an actual criminal.
She says she’s never turned her private life into show business, but why would she? She’s not even famous. Who even cares about her? I think Catherine is, for the most part, a pretty private person. They did publish some of their wedding photos in People, but their marriage was kind of a big deal back then, and I think that Catherine and Michael know how to play the Hollywood game.
That comment about her son not getting off even with a rich and famous father is unbelievable.
These beautiful people are very ugly.
That’s an obvious take down of her statement about moneyed people in jail. Too obvious. I think it’s a miss quote. I need more context. The truth probably isn’t much better- she probably is saying that because he is rich and famous he is getting unfair treatment in jail compared to others. I’d have to see the Spanish original.
“It’s horrible that someone with money and famous parents should receive such tough punishment.” DID SHE REALLY SAY THAT? I can’t believe I actually read that, in print. What world does she live in? Really? Plus, he has ONE FAMOUS PARENT: Michael Douglas, a very talented actor.
As for CZJ ‘turning her life into showbiz’, come on, CZJ has done so many movies, musical theater, she’s been working for years. Diandra Douglas (I would put Douglas in bold but it won’t work (and I managed to do a pun) is only known as MD’s former wife. Actors do share bits of their life, that comes with the territory, because the public is interested and the publis buy tickets.
Diandra seems to be a very bitter and mean woman.
The sins shall follow the son and grandon. Wasn’t there a blind item about Kirk Douglas raping Natalie Wood? Please. Diandra (I live for that name) needs a reality check. There are men and women doing life sentences for drug related, non-violent crimes. At the end of the day, she’s still rich and her son is still privilege. If she believes the sentencing guidelines is so straneous, then she need to donate all that Wall Street money to lobbyists, so they can help change it. Bitch, please.
She and her son meditate for his freedom??!!?? WHAT???? Why don’t they meditate on how a rich white boy with famous parents managed err so badly that the racist justice system in his country was forced not only to convict him but keep his ass in jail. That woman better put down the foolery and get real.
Gawd that self entitled statement just rubs me the wrong way! Why should only “poor people” with no connections serve their jail sentences? I wish she and MD would own up to the reality of their son’s predicament. He initially got a more lenient sentence. The judge laid down the law after the son repeatedly tried to smuggle drugs into prison!
They should take their cue from RDJ. Don’t blame the system. It is what it is.
I am wondering how accurate that quote is. Firstly, it says she gave the interview to a spanish newspaper, so I’m assuming that her quote has been translated from Spanish to English. It seems like such an extraordinarily ignorant thing to say that I am wondering whether she was misquoted in the first place or whether the translation is bad.
I had to read and re-read that sentence just to wrap my head around it…a shame?? That people with rich and famous parents are forced to go to prison with all those peasants?? Hang with Goop much?
My first thought while reading her quote was that they had enough money to put him in the “best” rehab facility possible, instead of a long jail term. I can’t imagine anyone being so removed from humanity that she meant he should be excused because of privilege. Probably a not-so-well stated thought leading to misinterpretation.
I went and read the original article in Spanish and I think the translation isn’t accurate. What she is arguing is that her son was given such a long sentence BECAUSE of his wealth and famous parent. She says that his sentence is the longest in US history (for his crime).
Now, this may be deluded of her, but I think it is quite different than that English version of her quote, which makes it sound as though she thinks wealthy people shouldn’t be in prison when what she really thinks is that her son has been made an example of and has been given a longer-than-average sentence.
Rich and famous is no guarantee of intelligence or happiness. Her strategy for working on her son’s release: meditation for 15 minutes a day. Sorta says it all.
Oh and she looks like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in that top pic.
I know everyone’s saying she said that because they think the system is out to get him because of who he is, I suppose some believe it mollifies her. Eh, I don’t. Seems just as stupid to me. Example of what, didn’t he still get of easy, considering the extent of his crimes? Next year in Majorca.
I have never heard of her but she has had horrible plastic surgery and looks like she’s stuck in a wind tunnel.
No one should be sentenced to prison for taking or dealing drugs. Our justice system is so fu#!ed up.
Well she’s not very self-aware, is she? I do not support the idea that drug addicts be punished with jail. However, since he’s there I can’t help but think that with a mother with that kind of attitude he probably has a better chance at getting his life on track locked up then on the outside. But if she’s visiting and poisoning his mind, then good luck.