Kirk Douglas passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the age of 103. Throughout his life, he was a renowned playboy and ladies man. The actor, who was a star during Hollywood’s Golden Age, dated many women during his lifetime.
The film star was married twice, first to Diana Dill and then to Anne Buydens, to whom he was married for over 60 years. Through his marriages, he fathered four sons, including actor Michael Douglas.
Let’s take a look at his ex-girlfriends and mistresses:
Born in 1920, Gene Tierney was an actress in Hollywood’s Golden Age alongside Douglas. She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the film “Leave Her To Heaven.” Douglas revealed that part of their affair involved Tierney asking Douglas to enter her home by climbing through the window, which he referred to as “an aphrodisiac” for the couple.
Kirk Douglas had a one-night stand with Joan Crawford, an actress and dancer who was born in the early 1900s. Of their tryst, Douglas claimed that Crawford had bad breath and he was consequently turned off, thus the reason why he didn’t call her back after their night together.
Linda Darnell was born in 1923 and rose to fame as an actress, starring in films such as “Forever Amber” and “Unfaithfully Yours.” In his autobiography, titled The Ragman’s Son, Douglas revealed his affair with Darnell as he listed the plethora of women with whom he was unfaithful to his wives.
Born in 1909, Ann Sothern had a career that lasted for nearly 60 years. During her time in the spotlight, she worked in film, theater, radio, and television. She was the host of The Ann Sothern Show. The length of her affair with Douglas is unknown, but Douglas spoke fondly of Sothern when recalling his time with her.
Patricia Neal, born in 1926, was an American actress who was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Neal wrote in her autobiography that she was having an affair with actor Gary Cooper at the same time as her affair with Douglas, which he later revealed having known about as Neal would often become emotional over her feelings for Cooper while with Douglas.
Born in 1916, Evelyn Keyes was a film actress known for her role in “Gone with the Wind” as the character Suellen O’Hara, the younger sister of protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. In her own autobiography, she revealed her affair with Douglas, as well as affairs with Glenn Ford, Dick Powell, David Niven, Michael Todd, and Anthony Quinn. Douglas spoke about the affair in his autobiography as one of the many of his own romantic transgressions.