The 'Zulu' actor said he used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and smoke several packs of cigarettes. He changed his ways for her.
Michael Caine made his breakthrough in the 1960s after appearing in iconic blockbuster hits such as The Ipcress File and The Italian Job. Caine had the reputation of being the ladies' man but that was only until he saw Shakira Baksh in a coffee commercial for Maxwell House in the early 1970s. He fell head over heels for her and was keen to meet her. He recalled thinking she was Brazilian, reported PEOPLE. He would eventually find her and woo her. The couple got married and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary together. Caine says he owes a lot to his wife. He revealed that “he’d be dead long ago” if it wasn’t for Shakira who cared for him as a doted wife.
The marvelous actor who has been nominated for the Oscars six times jokingly shared that it took a few attempts to convince his wife to go out with him. The Children of Men actor says it took eleven calls before Shakira agreed to meet him, reported News.com.au. Ever since they've been inseparable. The lovebirds wed in 1973 and have a daughter together, Natasha. The actor disclosed how his habits before the marriage weren’t healthy as he tells he would drink “a bottle of vodka and smoke several packets of cigarettes a day". Crediting his wife the actor says: “Without her, I’d have been dead long ago. I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and smoke several packs of cigarettes. I’ll probably drop dead talking to you.”
Appreciating his wife’s efforts, the English actor says: "I have this extraordinary beautiful Indian wife who cooks fantastic Italian food. Things can't get better than that. We are never apart. She is one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen, but she is also the gentlest, kindest person," he told PEOPLE as he discussed the undying love he has for his wife. Spilling beans about the secret to keeping the love alive the actor says they continued doing things they did when they were fresh in love such as going on dates.
The Academy award winner for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters, Caine is determined to lead a healthy life for the love of his grandchildren as he loves being with the former iconic Indian-origin British Guyanese actor and model Shakira who is 75 years old.
In 2020, the adorable pair were pictured out on a romantic dinner date together in London holding each other’s hand for love is what keeps them going great together. The couple shares the same glint in their eyes for each other as it was fifty years ago.
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