Elizabeth Vargas’ mentions about her failed relationship with Michael Douglas in her memoir, “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction.”
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 6:00 PM
Elizabeth Vargas’ memoir “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction” is a raw depiction of her alcoholism, rehab and failed relationships — one of those being with Michael Douglas.
In the book, which just hit stores, the ABC newswoman writes of a relationship with a “well-known” movie actor whom she describes as someone who is “very interesting, exciting and very much liked to drink.” She doesn’t name Douglas in the tome.
But in the late ’90s, Vargas dated Michael Douglas shortly after his separation from his wife of 13-years, Diandra Douglas. Vargas says the “Falling Down” star was disciplined while working on films, but when he wasn’t shooting, the two of them hit the bottle.
“Nights out with him usually started with a martini at his apartment,” Vargas recalls. “I had never had one before… We would go out and order a bottle of wine with dinner, and a brandy for dessert.”
The 54-year-old mother of two writes of one particularly memorable date with the unnamed movie star. Douglas owned a home in Mallorca from 1989 to 2014.
Vargas (l.) descrobes Michael Douglas (r.) as “very interesting, exciting and very much liked to drink.”
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“One weekend, we were in Vienna, where he was being honored. Afterward, we flew his plane to Spain, to his vacation house,” she writes. “When we boarded, there was a big bowl of caviar, cooling on crushed ice, and a big bottle of vodka. We ate and drank it all before the plane landed two hours later,” she recalls. “I had never drunk alcohol like this before, and I took to it.”
In 2002, Vargas married “Walking in Memphis” singer Marc Cohn. Within the year, he told her that she had a problem with alcohol. Initially Vargas was furious, but she curtailed her intake, which she admits was a struggle. In 2014, Vargas writes that she checked into a rehab facility, but Cohn hired a divorce lawyer while she was in treatment. Vargas says she’s been sober for two years now.
Vargas’ book publicist did not return a request for comment. Douglas’ publicist Allen Burry also declined to comment.