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Michael Douglas Makes 1st Appearance Since Beating Cancer

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BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — Michael Douglas’ peers were as happy to see him at Sunday’s Golden Globes as Douglas, who announced just last week he had beaten cancer, was to be there.

“There’s just got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation,” the actor said after receiving a rousing response when he walked on stage to present the night’s final award, for best dramatic film.

“It’s been a quiet year. Catherine is doing a Broadway show and six months of cancer,” the silver-haired actor had joked earlier as he walked the red carpet with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Douglas, who announced last week that his malignant tumor is gone, looked fit as he arrived for his first major public appearance since completing treatment.

“After you go through this, you have a greater appreciation of your fans. I feel good. I’m pacing myself and I’m enjoying it. I feel very happy to be here,” he said, turning serious.

As those fans shouted his name from the bleachers, he turned to wave and smile.

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