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19 November 2020 20:52

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Michael J Fox sat with Princess Diana at Back to the Future premiere

Fox has reminisced on a close encounter with the late Princess of Wales. The 59-year-old actor appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday and recalled sitting next to Diana at the premiere of Back to the Future in 1985. The lights go down and the movie starts and I realize I am one fake yawn and an arm stretch away from being on a date with her, which is hilarious,' recalled the Family Ties heartthrob. Fox, 59, reminisced on a close encounter with the late Princess of Wales during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 'The movie started and also I had to go pee,' continued the Canadian star. 'And so for the rest of the movie, I'm sitting there, like, dying.

He added that Diana was 'sweet' and even laughed a couple of times during the sci-fi comedy hit that made him a household name. The Princess of Wales, born Diana Frances Spencer, passed away in 1997. Time traveler: The Family Ties star [R] recalled sitting next to Diana [L] at the premiere of Back to the Future in 1985 [both seen here at the event] A royal welcome: He added that Diana was 'sweet' and even laughed a couple of times during the sci-fi comedy hit that made him a household name In another recent interview, Fox revealed he kept his Parkinson's disease a secret for seven years as he feared he wouldn't be able to make his fans laugh again. During a virtual interview on Thursday's BBC Breakfast, the actor said he was surprised when he was met with a 'receptive and supportive' response from audiences after he publicly disclosed his health battle in 1998. The star, who was diagnosed with the condition in 1991 at the age of 29, also shed light on his foundation, which was created to help find a cure through research.

'It was a strange period': Fox revealed he kept his Parkinson's a secret as he feared he wouldn't be able to make his fans laugh again on Thursday's BBC Breakfast Explaining his initial worries about sharing the details about his disease, the comedian said: 'My fear was that if they knew that I had an illness, a condition, that they wouldn't be able to laugh.' The screen star went on to highlight the positive reaction he received from his fan base as he added: 'You know it was a really strange period of time because over a period of seven years that I kept it to myself. 'They did laugh': The actor was surprised when he was supported after publicly disclosing his health battle in 1998 (pictured with Meredith Baxter Birney in Family Ties in 1985) 'It's been amazing': The screen star, who was diagnosed with the condition in 1991 at the age of 29, also shed light on his foundation, which was created to help find a cure through research 'We understand more than we're getting': The Back To The Future actor spoke about how he teamed up with scientists to fund research in the fight against the incurable health issue 'And I thought well, I can do that, I had some rich friends and then I had some friends out in the public that who would like to find an answer to this problem that so many people that they love and know suffer from and so we set up a foundation and that's been an amazing thing.' Parkinson's disease affects one in 500 people, and around 127,000 people in the UK live with the condition. Parkinson's disease affects one in 500 people, and around 127,000 people in the UK live with the condition. Earlier this month, the TV and film star recalled the advice his late father-in-law Stephen M. The retired film producer, who appeared on ABC News to promote his new book No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, detailed the key wisdom he relied on to push through the painful period.

Michael said: 'He would always say, ''no matter what was going on, it gets better, kiddo. 'He lived with gratitude': Earlier this month, the TV and film star recalled the advice his late father-in-law Stephen M. The author also reflected on suffering from a spinal tumor and a subsequent broken arm two years ago as he said: 'Everyone's taking an abundance of caution with me and warned me to be careful. Michael and his wife Tracy Pollan wed in 1988 and are parents to four adult children: Sam, 31, twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, 25, and Esme, 19. "Back to the Future" star Michael J.

Fox said it could have happened at the London premiere of his classic film, when the British royal joined him inside the movie theater. "It's true," Fox said during a virtual appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday. She's sitting next to me and the lights go down and the movie starts. And I realize I'm one fake yawn and an arm stretch away from being on a date with her, which is hilarious." Unfortunately for Fox, he immediately had to go to the bathroom when the movie started: "I'm sitting there, like, dying. Lady Diana, who was married to Prince Charles at the time, attended the royal premiere for both "Back to the Future" in 1985 and "Back to the Future III" in 1990.

(Fox was already married to his "Family Ties" costar Tracy Pollan by 1988.) The five-time Emmy winner, 59, made the revelation in his new book, "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality," among other admissions. Fox is reportedly retiring again because of health concerns. The actor, who was diagnosed decades ago with Parkinson's disease, shares his thoughts on the subject in his new book "No Time Like the Future," People magazine reports. Fox has had more recent health issues, including a 2018 surgery to remove a noncancerous tumor from his spine. Fox came to fame starring on the comedy series "Family Ties" before making it big in films, including the "Back to the Future" franchise and "Teen Wolf," and returning to television in "Spin City." And while he writes that he's going to be slowing down, don't count him all the way out. "In fairness to myself and to producers, directors, editors, and poor beleaguered script supervisors, not to mention actors who enjoy a little pace, I enter a second retirement," Fox writes in his book. Fox has described sitting next to Diana, Princess of Wales as a dream and a nightmare combined. Speaking of his experience hosting the royal during the premiere of Back to the Future in 1985, the star said he couldn't fully enjoy his royal meeting as he started needing a comfort break as the film began and wasn't allowed to leave her side until it was over. ''The movie started and also I had to go pee,'' Fox said during an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. ''I can't say anything to her and I can't walk away from her because I can't turn my back on her…..it could have been the greatest night of my life but it was just a nightmare. Fox talked about his book, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality. He said he didn't realise he would be sitting with the princess until just before the showing got under way when he noticed the seat next to him had been left empty. He joked he didn't think that Charles would want to sit next to him for the film and went on to add about Diana that ''she was great, she was so sweet''. Fox about his new memoir, "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality." Book Excerpt: 'No Time Like The Future' "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality," by Michael J. It's a flash fall. Surprise: I can't feel my left arm. Menacing all on its own, the defect necessitated high-risk surgery, which was completed just four months prior to this moment on the kitchen floor. I am an expert at walking and chewing gum at the same time, but the consensus is that I'm incapable of doing it safely with a phone in my hand. My first instinct is to call Tracy, but she is five hours away on Martha's Vineyard, and I don't want to freak her out. He once sent me a note on the first day of a new movie. Be on time, know your lines, and don't bump into the furniture. This incident on the kitchen floor brings me down in more ways than one. Excerpted from "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality" by Michael J. Fox. Copyright © 2020 by Michael J. Fox. Republished with permission of Flatiron Books.