Anne Douglas, the widow of Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian Kirk Douglas, has died on Thursday at age 102.
She died at her home in Beverly Hills, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Anne Douglas was more than just a Hollywood legend’s wife, though. She was president of the Bryna Company, Kirk Douglas’ independent film outlet.
Anne Douglas was initially hired as Douglas’ assistant after she, at first, turned it down.
Anne Douglas Made It Clear To Kirk That She Was ‘Strictly Business’
Kirk Douglas managed to get her on board once she “made it clear our relationship was strictly business.” Kirk and Anne Douglas shared their memories in a 2017 memoir, “Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood.”
“We talked for hours, and I had a strange feeling in my heart that I could fall in love with this man,” Anne wrote. “I didn’t want to, because I had seen too many young women enter into intense affairs with visiting movie stars — Dean Martin, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant among them. Then the film wrapped and the men returned to their wives and families.”
When they first got together, Kirk Douglas was secretly engaged to Italian actress Pier Angeli and Anne Douglas was married to Albert Buydens. But they continued to work together and grow closer.
Anne, Kirk Douglas Got Married After Flying To Vegas From LA
Eventually, both flew to Las Vegas on a lark after being in Los Angeles at the same time. They were married on May 29, 1954.
Anne Laure was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1919. They had two sons, Eric and Peter. Sadly, Eric died of an accidental drug overdose in 2004 at 46 years old.
Kirk Douglas was the father of actor Michael Douglas, his son from a previous marriage. Kirk died on Feb. 5, 2020, at 103 years old. His movie career spanned roles in “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea,” “Spartacus,” “Lonely Are The Brave,” “Seven Days In May,” and others.