Kirk Douglas’ widow Anne Buydens useless at 102

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Kirk Douglas and wife Anne in town for the Opera opening, September 10, 1976. (Photo by Vince Maggiora/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


Kirk Douglas’ spouse and philanthropist, Anne Buydens, has died. She was 102.

The longtime Hollywood staple, who presided over The Bryna Firm and the Douglas Basis till her demise, died peacefully at her residence in Beverly Hills, Calif., representatives for the Douglas household instructed Fox Information on Thursday.

Buydens first met the film star love of her life in 1953 when Douglas provided her a job as his publicist whereas he was in Paris to movie “Act of Love.” Though she initially rebuffed a dinner date from the late star, Buydens as a substitute opted for scrambled eggs at residence just a few hours later.

In 2017, the couple printed a e book about their decades-long romance titled “Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood.”

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Kirk Douglas and wife Anne in town for the Opera opening, September 10, 1976. (Photo by Vince Maggiora/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Kirk Douglas and spouse Anne on the town for the Opera opening, September 10, 1976. (Photograph by Vince Maggiora/San Francisco Chronicle by way of Getty Photos)

Actor Michael Douglas stated of his stepmother’s passing: “My father may by no means maintain a secret. Anne was simply the other, That’s why after I learn their co-authored e book, ‘Kirk and Anne,’ through which she talked about her formative years in Germany; her battle years in occupied Paris; her profession earlier than she met my father,” he stated.

“She additionally included their non-public correspondence, which gave me new insights into their courtship and marriage. Anne was greater than a stepmother, and by no means “depraved.” She introduced out the perfect in all of us, particularly our father. Dad would by no means have had the profession he did with out Anne’s help and partnership. Catherine and I and the youngsters adored her; she is going to at all times be in our hearts.”

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In 2017, Douglas instructed Fox Information he discovered a technique to get near Buydens regardless of her hesitations in being charmed by the film star.

“I couldn’t persuade her to exit with me, however I lastly satisfied her to do my publicity on the movie ‘Act of Love,’” he defined on the time. “I knew it will be strictly enterprise, but she nonetheless fascinated me and I needed to know all about her. She had a depraved humorousness, spoke 4 languages and was essentially the most refined and stylish lady I had ever met. So I fell in love together with her.”

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Douglas additionally instructed Fox Information that he credited date evening for sparking the romance day by day through the years.

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“[Date night is] the identical because it’s been all through our marriage,” he stated. “We spend what we name the ‘golden hour’ collectively at round 6:30 every evening. We’ll sit and discuss and chuckle and share our day and our ideas with one another.”

Kirk Douglas, one of the crucial well-known American main males of the mid-20th century remembered for his dimpled chin, chiseled options, and virile Hollywood roles, died on February 5, 2020, on the age of 103. 

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Anne Douglas is survived by youngsters Peter, Michael and Joel; daughters-in-law Catherine and Lisa; seven grandchildren: Cameron, Dylan, Carys, Kelsey, Tyler, Jason and Ryan; two great-grandchildren Lua Izzy and Ryder, parented by Cameron Douglas and Viviane Thibes; and a sister, Merle Werbke of Berlin, Germany. Anne was predeceased by her son Eric in 2004 and her husband Kirk in 2020.

Fox Information’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report



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