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Anne Douglas, widow of actor Kirk Douglas, dies at 102

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif .– Anne Douglas, widow of Kirk Douglas and stepmother of Michael Douglas, died Thursday in California. She was 102 years old.

Douglas died at her Beverly Hills home, according to an obituary provided by spokeswoman Marcia Newberger. No cause of death was given.

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend who starred in “Spartacus”, “Lust for Life” and dozens of other films, died in February 2020 at the age of 103.

He married Anne Buydens in 1954 after they met in Paris while filming “Act of Love” and she was advertising. They had two sons, Peter, a producer, and Eric, an actor.

“I often wonder what would have happened to me if I hadn’t married Anne. I might not have survived without her business acumen and finely honed instinct,” Kirk Douglas once said.

In 2017, the couple posted “Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter and a Life in Hollywood”.

The Douglas Foundation, co-founded by Anne and her husband, has donated millions of dollars to various institutions, from the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Michael Douglas said his mother-in-law “will always be in our hearts”.

“She brought out the best in all of us, especially our father. Dad would never have had the career he made without Anne’s support and partnership,” the actor said in a statement.

Kirk Douglas’ first wife and Michael’s mother Diana Douglas died in 2015.



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