While Michael J. Fox Was Gushing About His Wife, He Revealed The Secret To A Happy Marriage

Michael J. Fox has built up quite the following since making his breakthrough in Hollywood. And fans aren’t the only ones who love him – Tracy Pollan has been married to the actor for over 30 years. Wow! But Fox has since revealed the unlikely secret behind their longevity as a couple – and it may help all of us.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Fox enjoyed a golden period in his career during the 1980s. Because after making his small screen debut in 1978, the actor went on to score pivotal roles in two major projects. We’re referring to Family Ties and Back to the Future, of course. Talk about making a splash!

As Fox was becoming a household name, his personal life seemed to be in a good place too. Because he’d been dating actress Nancy McKeon for quite some time going into 1985 – the year Back to the Future came out. But during that same period, he was also introduced to his future wife.

Pollan joined the cast of Family Ties in 1985, taking on the role of Ellen Reed. And on the show her character formed a romantic bond with Alex P. Keaton, as played by Fox. Yet the duo didn’t follow the same path away from the set. Like we just mentioned, the latter was already in a relationship.

And so too was Pollan. Because she was seeing Hollywood star Kevin Bacon at the time. To give you an idea of how close they were, the actress spoke to People magazine back in February 1986. She revealed, “I fly home to Kevin the second filming [on Family Ties] shuts down.”

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The actress added, “We just cook, garden and ride horses all day. We will probably marry, but I feel like we’re kids still, and marriage is such a grown-up thing. I’m gushingly in love.” So it’s fair to say they were tight. But some three years on from that interview, Fox shed some light on his working relationship with his co-star.

Fox told People, “I always thought [Pollan] was cool. But it was like a couple of married people who worked together and liked each other.” So you’re probably wondering what changed. Well, after Pollan left Family Ties, she worked with her future husband again on the film Bright Lights, Big City.

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And surprise, surprise, Fox and Pollan were now single. Plus the Back to the Future star wasn’t afraid to admit that he was interested in her. He told People in 1989, “It sounds really horrible, but it was one of those things. Someone goes, ‘Did you hear that so-and-so aren’t together anymore?’ and you go, ‘Hmm, that’s too bad. Where’s the phone?’”

While their on-screen collaboration went on to flop at the box-office, Fox and Pollan really hit it off. Because the duo formed a romantic bond in the spring of 1987, before he made a big decision just after Christmas. That’s right: some seven months into their relationship, the Hollywood star popped the question.

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Fox was pretty confident that Pollan would accept, as he looked back on that moment while speaking to People in 1989. He said, “I wasn’t really worried that she would say no. The toughest part was trying to figure out when to get married, and then to figure out how nobody else could know about it.”

Pollan did indeed say yes and the wedding was scheduled for the following summer. Could Fox keep their coupling a secret, though? Well, the press caught on in the end, but that didn’t stop them. So on July 16, 1988, in Vermont, the ceremony went off without a hitch…for the most part.

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Because Fox wasn’t too impressed with the media’s actions on the day – helicopters were deployed to capture shots of the celebrations. Can you blame him? We’d be pretty mad! Yet despite all that, he and Pollan had fun with their loved ones, before taking another significant step together in May 1989.

Yes, Fox and Pollan became parents at that point, welcoming their first baby into the world. They named the little guy Sam Michael Fox. As for the pregnancy itself, the actor opened up during his talk with People. And he claimed it couldn’t have gone much better for his wife.

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Fox recalled, “Tracy had a really good pregnancy, and it was a good delivery. Thank God, she was healthy and Sam was healthy. We did the whole womb music deal, where we put the headphones on Tracy’s stomach and played everything from Vivaldi to the Allman Brothers.” Wow! And they didn’t stop there.

Nearly six years after Sam’s birth, Fox and Pollan added two more faces to their growing household. The famous couple had twin daughters in February 1995, naming them Schuyler Phyllis Fox and Aquinnah Kathleen Fox. And their third daughter, Esmé Annabelle Fox, arrived in November 2001 to round off the family.

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Unfortunately for Fox and Pollan, though, their lives had taken a shocking turn a few years prior to their daughters’ births. Because In 1991 the actor received some heartbreaking news. To explain more, he looked back on that time during an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman in 2015.

Fox noted, “I thought I’d hurt my shoulder doing some stunt because I had a twitch in my pinkie. And the doctor said, ‘You have Parkinson’s disease.’ He said, ‘The good news is that you have ten years of work left.’” The star was only 29-years-old at the time of the diagnosis. And it’s fair to say he didn’t take it well.

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While speaking to Oprah Winfrey in an issue of her magazine in 2002, Fox admitted, “When I was first diagnosed, my line to Tracy was ‘It’s going to be okay’ – but I was really freaking out. I had no idea what Parkinson’s was, and I was in denial. When the doctor first told me I had Parkinson’s, I wanted to kill him.”

Yet Fox eventually came to terms with his condition, and that had a knock-on effect with Pollan. So during that same interview with Oprah, the actress shed some light on how she coped after the Parkinson’s diagnosis. Plus she stated that her husband’s attitude helped their children as well.

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Pollan explained, “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.” As for their relationship, Fox believed that his medical condition strengthened the bond.

During a chat with Howard Stern in 2013, Fox made it clear that his relationship with Pollan got better once he knew she wouldn’t leave him. The Parkinson’s couldn’t take that away from the actor, thank god. So what happened to his career while all this was going on in his personal life?

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Well, Fox continued to work after the diagnosis, before going public with his condition in 1998. Then he bagged three consecutive Golden Globes for his role in Spin City, alongside an Emmy. The Hollywood star enjoyed further success at the Emmys, winning a gong in 2009 for Rescue Me.

Along with that great run on the small screen, Fox and Pollan were also hard at work establishing the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Thanks to their efforts, it’s now seen as the leading nonprofit organization when it comes to financing studies into Parkinson’s disease. Talk about making a difference right?

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So Fox and Pollan have certainly gone through quite a bit during their marriage. But what’s the secret behind their success and longevity? How has their loving relationship managed to endure over the last three decades? To answer that question, the former Family Ties star came forward in November 2020.

Yes, just a few months on from their 32nd wedding anniversary, Fox spoke to People about his relationship with Pollan. And regarding their secret, he said, “Every day we have something we laugh about for a good two minutes.” Sweet! But his thoughts on the matter didn’t conclude there, as we’ll soon discover.

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Fox continued, “The kind of support [Pollan] gives me, I feel like a husband, a father and a friend first, and then somewhere way down the line, I’m someone with Parkinson’s.” How heartwarming! Plus the actor took part in another interview later that month on the Entertainment Tonight website.

Once again Fox focused on his wife during the chat in November 2020. But this time the Hollywood star offered a bit more of an insight into what Pollan was like at home. And he didn’t hold back – the love that he clearly has for her practically radiated off the page.

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Fox gushed, “[Pollan] puts up with me. She doesn’t cut me any slack, which is great. She’s honest, affectionate, kind, smart and she’s just there in a pinch. She’s beautiful and I love her and she’s sexy and gorgeous. She’s a great mother, great cook and great bodyboard surf junkie beach babe.”

“[Pollan’s] just cool,” Fox further told Entertainment Tonight. “She’s my best friend. And, she’s got a sense of humor!” Beautiful words right? But even though their marriage appears to be in good shape, 2020 threw a curveball their way that no one could’ve predicted. We’re referring to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, of course.

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Now the pandemic has affected all of us in different ways, yet certain couples have really struggled under the lockdown conditions. To give you a better idea, a charity from the United Kingdom named Relate did some research back in April 2020. And the results proved to be very interesting.

After handing out a questionnaire to 2,000 people, Relate discovered that roughly 23 percent of them felt under strain with their partner. Plus over 40 percent admitted that their other-half was annoying them during lockdown. Another 36 percent said arguments were more frequent.

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Pretty alarming right? And Relate conducted more research going into the summer and provided two additional findings. According to the results, eight percent of participants wanted to leave their partner at that point. Yet on the flipside, around 43 percent stated their bond had been strengthened during the pandemic.

And Fox and Pollan would’ve placed themselves in that latter category. You see, the couple spent lockdown in Long Island, New York, with their kids, passing the time together. And as the actor told the ET website, they all bonded. He certainly seemed to appreciate the spell.

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Looking back, Fox recalled, “When we were quarantined from the middle of March through to Labor Day, we were all together and it’s just amazing. What sticks with me is all the movies we watched and puzzles we did, and all the time we spent with each other after dinner.”

“Tracy would make meals,” Fox went on to say. “And we’d sit around afterwards for hours having conversations about the world and social justice and all kinds of things that came up in the outside world. I was just amazed.” We get the feeling that lockdown rarely became boring in their house!

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But while Fox paints a happy picture, he and Pollan haven’t been strangers to arguments and disagreements in the past. His wife, for instance, reflected on tough moments during a personal chat with People in 2015. Still, they ultimately figured out a way to smooth things over.

Pollan told the magazine, “[We give] each other the benefit of the doubt. There are so many times when you have arguments, when you have things come up, and it really doesn’t have anything to do with what [Fox] did, or said – it’s how I am projecting that onto myself.”

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And the actress added to People, “A lot of times [Fox will] just say to me, ‘You know who I am, would I ever say anything to try to hurt your feelings? Just give me the benefit of the doubt.’ He’s [also] an amazing father…he’s one of the smartest people I know. And he’s pretty cute still!”

How lovely – Fox isn’t the only one who has a way with words! And the Golden Globe winner offered some final thoughts on his marriage and personal life to People in November 2020. Despite his battle with Parkinson’s, he refuses to let that affect him when he’s around his loved ones.

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Fox revealed, “People don’t believe me, but I love life. I love being with my family. I love being with Tracy. I love that I don’t do a lot of useless stuff that I used to do, because I don’t have the energy or the time.” Based on what we’ve heard here, we certainly believe him.

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