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Michael J. Fox And Tracy Pollan Celebrate Their Wedding Anniversary And Lasting Love

Date July 17, 2018 13:39

In an industry where relationships are as fickle as they come, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan stand out as one of the few couples who defied the odds. The duo got married in 1988, and only three years later, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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In spite of the troubles that come with dealing with the disease, Fox and Pollan remained together and built a strong family. They now have four children and are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this year.

Fox and Pollan met on the set of 1980’s sitcom "Family Ties". He was 24 at the time, and she was 25. But their relationship was not love at first sight. Pollan was with boyfriend Kevin Bacon at the time, so she hardly spent time with Fox off set.

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Fox had his hands full. His film “Back to the Future” made him Hollywood royalty, and he was committed to “Facts of Life” actress Nancy McKeon. Along the line, Fox was rumored to be in a relationship with Courtney Cox, rumors which he debunked.

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Eventually, Fox and Pollan became an item by 1987, growing even stronger while filming “Bright Lights, Big City”. And on Dec. 26, 1987, just seven months after they began dating, Fox proposed to Pollan. She said yes.

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The couple faced a shaky start, as they received several threatening letters. Fox had to tighten security for him and Pollan for a while. Despite choosing a quiet wedding at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vt., the press still found them and created a media storm about the event.

Their first child, Sam Michael Fox, was born on May 30, 1989. And doctors diagnosed Fox with Parkinson’s at the age of 29. It was 1991, and he was given 10 years of active life before the debilitating illness made it impossible for him to continue work. Sadly, Fox did not take the news well.

The actor sank into a depression and turned to alcohol abuse. Thankfully, he had his wife to support him through the hardest of times.

About three years after I'd been diagnosed, I was okay—and that's when life got much better. After that," he recalled, "Tracy said to me, 'You showed up again. Your sense of humor was back, and you were just there.

He revealed his condition in 1998, and together with Pollan, they sought to find a cure to the condition.

Pollan has remained by his side for the past 30 years despite Fox’s declining health and career. In some ways, his condition even helped changed her perception about life. Speaking with Oprah Winfrey during an interview, Pollan mentioned how Fox’s condition cured her hypochondria.

A lot of my adjustment has been dictated by Michael's point of view. He's so relaxed and so accepting of where he is, and that makes it easier for me, the kids, and everyone around him.

Fox and Pollan welcomed twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen Fox and Schuyler Phyllis Fox on Feb. 15, 1995, three years before he revealed his status. Esmé Annabelle Fox was born on Nov. 3, 2001.

It has not all been smooth sailing, but the one thing both Fox and Pollan agree on is that love has kept them going strong.

Through it all we've loved each other. And that love never died.

Apart from his advocacy for Parkinson’s disease, Fox is also passionate about fixing the problem of gun violence in America.

And as always, he has his loving wife by his side every step of the well. Fox and Pollan continue to be an inspiration to millions of Americans and fans worldwide. Happy Anniversary!

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