Michael Douglas, 78, wishes Catherine Zeta-Jones, 53, a happy 22nd wedding anniversary

Hollywood legend Michael Douglas wished his Oscar-winning wife a happy 22nd wedding anniversary on Friday.

The Basic Instinct actor posted two loving photos from their splashy wedding held at the Plaza hotel in New York City in 2000.

‘Happy Anniversary to my darling Catherine! I love you so much @catherinezetajones ❤️ #22years,’ he wrote in the caption.

22! Michael Douglas wished his wife a happy 22nd wedding anniversary on Friday. The Basic Instinct actor posted two loving photos from their splashy wedding held at the Plaza hotel in New York City in 2000

Michael, 78, was born in 1944 while Catherine, 53, was born in 1969.

‘We met in 1996 at the Deauville Film Festival…I think it was 1996!’ Zeta-Jones told Larry King in 2001.

‘I had been told Michael Douglas wanted to meet me. I was a little nervous because I didn’t quite know what he wanted to meet me about.’

Douglas was promoting A Perfect Murder and Zeta-Jones was promoting The Mask of Zorro.

Their friends Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith – who used to be married – introduced the actors at a private dinner.

Romance: 'We met in 1996 at the Deauville Film Festival...I think it was 1996!'  Zeta-Jones told Larry King in 2001. 'I had been told Michael Douglas wanted to meet me.  I was a little nervous because I didn't quite know what he wanted to meet me about.'  Pictured in 1999

Romance: ‘We met in 1996 at the Deauville Film Festival…I think it was 1996!’ Zeta-Jones told Larry King in 2001. ‘I had been told Michael Douglas wanted to meet me. I was a little nervous because I didn’t quite know what he wanted to meet me about.’ Pictured in 1999

Michael asked Catherine if he could sit next to her.

He famously told her he was going to be the father of her children which shocked her, she has said, and he sent her flowers soon after to apologize.

They started a friendship.

‘Nine months later, I’m still having long conversations with him on the phone, having great dinner dates, constantly wondering, “Why are we not together?”‘ she told King.

‘We looked at each other one day and said, “We’re having a lot of fun together,”‘ she said.

Douglas proposed to Zeta-Jones at his Aspen home on New Year’s Eve in 1999 with a $1 million diamond ring.

Big day: Their anniversary comes after they celebrated their joint birthdays on September 25. The long-time couple shared a large chocolate cake with the actress declaring it's 'so much fun' to share the milestone together

Big day: Their anniversary comes after they celebrated their joint birthdays on September 25. The long-time couple shared a large chocolate cake with the actress declaring it’s ‘so much fun’ to share the milestone together

‘Both of us were sick as dogs because we had [the] flu,’ he told ITV’s Ross King in 2016.

Their anniversary comes after they celebrated their joint birthdays in September.

The long-time couple shared a large chocolate cake with the actress declaring it’s ‘so much fun’ to share the milestone together.

The tasty dessert featured a prominent 25 which honored the date of their birthday – September 25 – not the couple’s 25 year age gap.

The happy couple both blew out their candles before taking to Instagram to memorialize the day.

In the snap Catherine looked gorgeous in an asymmetrical blue gown embellished with a white floral design.

Accessorizing with gold jewelry the Oscar winner tied her luscious brunette locks into a bun.

Meanwhile Michael gave a lavender shirt which he wore with smart trousers as he slicked his gray hair back.

The couple beamed as they celebrated with the huge dessert before sharing a sweet kiss.

Taking to Instagram Welsh actress Catherine wrote: ‘And that was our birthday! Thank you for all your greetings. And Maria Fiennes for these lovely pics. Let the New Year begin!’.

While Michael added: ‘Thank you all for the kind birthday messages, we love you all’.

While Catherine gushed: ‘So much fun sharing my birthday with you’.

It comes after the couple took to social media earlier in the day to publicly wish one another a happy birthday.

Wonderful in white: Their anniversary comes just after she looked stunning in a plunging white dress at the Netflix premiere of Wednesday

Wonderful in white: Their anniversary comes just after she looked stunning in a plunging white dress at the Netflix premiere of Wednesday

Her boy: She also had with her her 22-year-old son, Dylan who wore a chunky gold necklace

Her boy: She also had with her her 22-year-old son, Dylan who wore a chunky gold necklace

The couple celebrated the big day by enjoying a lavish helicopter ride together.

Their anniversary comes just after she looked stunning in a plunging white dress at the Netflix premiere of Wednesday.

She also had with her her 22-year-old son, Dylan.

Catherine and Michael also have teen daughter Carys.

Well done: Catherine and Michael also have teen daughter Carys who graduated from high school last year

Well done: Catherine and Michael also have teen daughter Carys who graduated from high school last year

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