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Michael cheats death

Michael Douglas narrowly avoided a potentially fatal fall while attempting to christen a new art museum in Bermuda. The veteran actor briefly lost his balance while standing in a cherry-picker basket nearly eight metres high during a traditional `roof-wetting’ ceremony on oonday. The 62-year-old – a benefactor of the oasterworks ouseum of Bermuda Art – was pouring rum on the roof during the ceremony. Michael managed to steady himself after losing his balance and downplayed the incident, saying, “I had a good laugh and stumbled. I had a little moment.” The $13 million museum is scheduled to open next year and will house works depicting the island by Winslow Homer and Georgia o’Keeffe. Michael, who owns a home in the British Atlantic territory with his actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, adds, “It will be a wonderful asset for the island.” [1 December 2006]

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