Anne Douglas, widow of Kirk Douglas, dies at 102

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (CNS) — Anne Douglas, wife to the late Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas and stepmother to actor Michael Douglas, died Thursday at her Beverly Hills house at age 102.

“My father could never ever hold a magic formula. Anne was just the opposite,” Michael Douglas explained in a statement unveiled by the family members. “Which is why when I study their co-authored reserve, `Kirk and Anne,’ in which she talked about her early lifetime in Germany her war many years in occupied Paris her vocation ahead of she satisfied my father she also provided their personal correspondence, which gave me new insights into their courtship and relationship.

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  • Anne Douglas, wife to the late Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, died Thursday at her Beverly Hills dwelling
  • Anne Douglas was married to famous actor Kirk Douglas for far more than 60 many years, until eventually his dying very last calendar year
  • She was an avid philanthropist, co-founding the Cedars-Sinai Investigation for Women’s Cancers and launched the Anne Douglas Heart for Girls at the Los Angeles Mission downtown
  • She and her partner also led a significant marketing campaign to refurbish playgrounds at Los Angeles Unified Faculty District campuses

 

“Anne was extra than a stepmother, and under no circumstances `wicked.’ She brought out the greatest in all of us, in particular our father. Father would under no circumstances have experienced the job he did with out Anne’s assistance and partnership. Catherine and I and the small children adored her. She will often be in our hearts.”

Anne Douglas was married to legendary actor Kirk Douglas for a lot more than 60 yrs, right up until his demise final 12 months. The pair at first wed in Las Vegas in 1954, but they experienced a additional lavish ceremony when they renewed their vows 50 several years afterwards, in 2004.

They had two young children with each other, Peter and Eric. Kirk Douglas had two youngsters from his previous relationship to Diana Dill — Michael and Joel.

She was an avid philanthropist, co-founding the Cedars-Sinai Exploration for Women’s Cancers. She and her partner also led a large marketing campaign to refurbish playgrounds at Los Angeles Unified University District campuses, renovating extra than 400 and constantly personally attending dedication ceremonies when they opened.

She also funded the Anne Douglas Middle for Gals at the Los Angeles Mission downtown, and the Douglas Basis has contributed a lot more than $118 million to a wide variety of will cause, such as the Movement Photo and Television Home’s Alzheimers and dementia device, Sinai Temple’s Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Middle and St. Lawrence University’s Kirk Douglas scholarships for minority students.

She was also a vital participant in the fundraising generate that bankrolled development of the Audio Center in downtown Los Angeles, and the relatives basis funded design of the Centre Theater Group’s Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City.

The Centre Theatre Team will dim its lights at 8 p.m. Saturday in memory of Douglas, a longtime board member.

“Anne Douglas was a devoted advocate for the theatre and a outstanding female who aided establish Center Theatre Group in its early years, improved the facial area of Southern California theatre with the launching of the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and was a pricey member of our family all through her lifetime,” stated Middle Theatre Group Creative Director Michael Ritchie.

She is survived by small children Peter, Michael and Joel daughters-in-regulation Catherine and Lisa seven grandchildren, Cameron, Dylan, Carys, Kelsey, Tyler, Jason and Ryan two fantastic-grandchildren, Lua Izzy and Ryder and a sister, Merle Werbke of Berlin, Germany. Her son Eric died in 2004.

Donations in her memory may perhaps be made to the Anne Douglas Centre at the Los Angeles Mission, 310 Winston St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.