Happy marriage secrets for Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan.
It all starts with their marriage in a small wedding ceremony in Vermont.
Fox and Pollan met on the set of the comedy series “Family Ties.”
In 1985 Pollan auditions for the show that made Fox a star. They reunite later for the 1987 film “Bright Lights, Big City”.
That’s when Fox asks his future wife out for lunch.
Today, 30 years later, they are discussing their happy marriage secrets with PEOPLE magazine.
And in their discussion they talk how their love lasted through sickness, health and 30 years of being in the public spotlight.
Even though both are from different worlds there were enough key similarities in their upbringings.
Fox, 57, is an Episcopalian-raised Army brat and high school dropout from Burnaby, B.C.
Pollan, 58, comes from a prominent Jewish New York family,
She studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
“Big families, middle children,” Fox says. “Sense of humor. Both our families had that.”
“It was us against the world,” says Pollan of her own upbringing. “That’s exactly what we’ve created.”
Their world changed dramatically in 1991.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The disease is a neurodegenerative disorder causing tremors, stillness.
Ultimately it leads to the loss of motor skills.
But despite the diagnosis Pollan stood by Fox.
And Fox struggled with acceptance of his disease.
Alcoholism was part of that struggle.
But eventually he got a grip on both.
And that’s when he was a powerful activist for the disease.
Today the two are part of a close-knit family.
They share son Sam, 29, twin daughters Schuyler and Aquinnah, 23, and daughter Esmé, 16.