Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan have been married for twenty-five years, an enduring relationship in Hollywood. Perhaps part of the reason is that they don't live Hollywood lives. Even their wedding was a low key affair with only seventy close friends and family attending.
On an interview in Oprah Magazine, Michael had this to say about staying married,
"When we married, we married--and that was it. We were in love then, as we are now, and we planned to stay married."
Tracy said in Oprah Magazine about their parents' marriages: "Michael and I had great role models. Though his father has passed away, his parents had an amazingly strong marriage, as do mine. Both weathered really tough times. For us it has been normal to stay together through difficulties. We grew up witnessing that firsthand."
Michael J Fox was born in Edmonton Alberta in 1961 and spent the first years of his life moving about as his father was in the Canadian Armed Forces. Eventually they settled in Vancouver. Michael was not a scholar but was bitten by the acting bug and began acting at the age of fifteen in a Canadian television show, Leo and Me. When he turned eighteen, he moved to Los Angeles. Michael has dual Canadian- American citizenship and he and his family have lived in both countries but are currently living in New York state.
Tracy and Michael met while performing in Family Ties. She played the role of his girlfriend, Ellen. At the time they were both seeing other people but two years later they met on a movie set and began dating. They married in 1988 and have four children.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease three years after his marriage .
He left acting for a few years but returned when he went public with the announcement of his illness. Since then he has been busy in a variety of roles and has been an active advocate for locating a cure for Parkinson's and for the use of stem cell research. He has raised awareness of the disease as much as he has raised funds to fight it.
Michael's book, "Always Looking Up-The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist," probably sums up how he attacks his life and whatever it throws at him.
Marlo Thomas asked him in an interview "Since all of this began for you, has anyone said something that helped you accept your condition and turn this around?"
Michael replied," Yes, there are many examples of that. But I think the most important words were at the very beginning. When I first heard about my diagnosis, I was so angry. And Tracy just looked at me, and said simply, "In sickness and in health."