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    Catherine-Zeta Jones Makes First Public Appearance Since Michael Douglas Separation

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones made her first public appearance on Sunday, Sept. 22—the same day her estranged husband, Michael Douglas, collected a Primetime Emmy Award for his role in HBO's Behind the Candelabra. No, Zeta-Jones wasn't by the actor's side at the star-studded event. Instead, the 43-year-old actress walked the red carpet in China's Shandong province to announce the launch of a new $5 billion film studio and plans for an annual Chinese film festival hosted by AMC Entertainment.

    Zeta-Jones looked effortlessly chic wearing an orange and white Dennis Basso design. Later that night, she changed into a strapless emerald gown for the Wanda Film Production Center ground breaking ceremony in Qingdao, China.

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    Though the Playing for Keeps star was on the other side of the globe, the Welsh beauty wasn't far from Douglas' mind. During his Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie acceptance speech, the 68-year-old living legend acknowledged his spouse of nearly 13 years.

    "I wanna thank my wife, Catherine, for her support," said Douglas, who was wearing his wedding ring.

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    The pair announced their split on Aug. 28. "Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," a rep for Zeta-Jones said in a statement to E! News.

    Douglas later downplayed his marital problems while talking to a reporter in Berlin. "I have a crisis at home?" he asked. "No, I think the press has a crisis. We are fine. My wife and I are fine."

    The New York-based actors—parents to Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10—are not yet legally separated.

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