Michael J. Fox's wife Tracy Pollan shares secret to 34-year marriage

A composite image of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan in 1989 and 2022. (Getty Images)
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan in 1989 (left) and in 2022 (right). (Getty Images)

Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan have revealed the secret to their impressive 34-year marriage.

Fox, 61, and Pollan, 62, married in 1988 and have four kids together: son Sam, 33, twin daughters Aquinnah and Schuyler, 28, and 21-year-old daughter Esme. They first met on the set of Family Ties in 1985 when they were cast as each other's love interests.

“I think we really listen to each other, we are there for each other when we need each other,” Pollan told People magazine.

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“And then we also give each other space when that's needed. Just feeling off of what's needed at the moment and trying to be there.”

The couple are currently promoting Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, a documentary about Fox’s rise to fame in the 1980s and his subsequent diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at age 29.

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan with their kids in 2022. (Getty Images)
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan with their kids. (Getty Images)

“Tracy gives our family everything that we need. Any good in our family, anything good that we do, comes from her,” Fox added.

In November last year, Fox publicly reflected on his shock diagnosis while accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

“I was told I only had ten years left to work. That was s****y. That's what happened. The hardest part of my diagnosis was grappling with the certainty of the diagnosis and the uncertainty of the situation,” the Back to the Future star said at the time.

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“I only knew it would get worse. The diagnosis was definite, but the progress was indefinite and uncertain. My wife made it clear that she was with me for the duration.”

He added that he kept the diagnosis private for seven years because he was in “denial”.

“Finally, I felt like I needed to tell everybody. I understood it would have a huge impact on my career,” he added.

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“What happened next was remarkable. The outpouring of support from the public at large, the beautiful reaction from all of my peers in the entertainment business, all of you, thank you, and the people that I worked with, was transformative.”

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