updated 01/14/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/14/2011 AT 5:20 PM ET
“One thing that all cancer survivors talk about is a new depth of feeling that you have for loved ones,” Douglas, 66, said Thursday night during his first public appearance since learning he is cancer-free. At times his voice sounding a bit scratchy, the Wall Street Oscar winner received the Palm Springs Film Festival’s Icon Award, with Zeta-Jones and his brother, Joel Douglas, also there for him.
Underscoring his point about loved ones, Douglas looked at his wife and said, “It’s made us even closer, and certainly there’s a depth of emotion and an appreciation of your daily life that you didn’t have before.”