PHOTOS: Kirk Douglas & Wife Anne Buydens Over the Years

Kirk Douglas and Wife Anne Buydens Photos

Getty Actor Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens in the audience during the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Al Pacino held at the Kodak Theatre on June 7, 2007 in Hollywood, California.

Kirk Douglas Young With Wife Anne

GettyFilm actor Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne pose for photographers at the London airport, in August 1958. Douglas born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, made his Broadway debut in 1941, served in the US Navy and embarked on a screen career in 1946. His films include Champion (1949), The bad and the Beautiful (1952), Lust for Life (1956)j, and Spartacus (1960). From the 1970s Douglas also worked as director.

Hollywood Icon Kirk Douglas has died at age 103.

In a statement obtained by People, his son Michael Douglas said, “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”

He continued, “But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”

Kirk Douglas Kissing Wife Anne

GettyActor Kirk Douglas receives a kiss from his wife, Anne, between serving meals at the Los Angeles Mission and Anne Douglas Center’s Thanksgiving Meal for the Homeless on November 23, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The Douglas couple hosted the event.

Douglas was born in 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. His parents were Jewish immigrants who had recently arrived in the US. His father, Herschel, worked as a ragman, which is why Kirk named his 1988 autobiography, “The Ragman’s Son.”

The legendary actor was the only boy in his family, but he had six sisters. His website reads, “Kirk was the only boy among six sisters. To help ends meet in his desperately poor family, Kirk took on a variety of odd jobs while growing up. He began acting in plays in high school, where he excelled in both academics and sports. He worked his way through St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, where he was a prominent member of the wrestling team.”

Eventually, Kirk attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He joined the Navy after World War II began.

Kirk Douglas and Wife Anne Buydens


Kirk married Diana Dill, who also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, on November 2, 1943. Together, they had sons Michael and Joel. Unfortunately, their relationship ended in a divorce in 1951.

Michael Douglas has become a household name. The 75-year-old actor has received a number of accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the AFI Life Achievement Award.

Kirk Douglas With Wife and Two Sons Eric and Peter, Eric Douglas, Kirk Douglas Dead Son

GettyFilm actor Kirk Douglas his wife Anne and their two children Erick (9 years-old) and Peter (12 years-old) bathe in Monaco, 11 August 1967, during a cruise on producer Sam Spiegel’s yacht. Douglas, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, made his Broadway debut in 1941, served in the US Navy and embarked on a screen career in 1946. His films include Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Lust for Life (1956)j, and Spartacus (1960). From the 1970s Douglas also worked as director.

At the beginning of his career, Kirk acted in Out of the Past, and A Letter to Three Wives. His next film was with Burt Lancaster, and was called I Walk Alone. 

He nabbed his first Academy Award nomination in 1949 for the role of a boxer in Champion, directed by Mark Robson.

Kirk Douglas and Wife Anne Buydens Holding Hands

GettyActor Kirk Douglas, 100 years old, and wife Anne celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Anne Douglas Center for Women, at the Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row, on May 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

When he worked on Act of Love in 1953, he met the film’s publicist, who was Anne Buydens. The two married one year later and gave birth to two sons: Peter, and Eric.

One of his favorite roles came in 1962, in the film Lonely Are the Grave.

Anne Buydens and Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher

GettyIn 1961, Anne Buydens and Kirk Douglas with Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor with a large cake commemorating the first anniversary of the release of the film ‘Spartacus’ which Kirk Douglas starred in and for which he was executive producer.

Beginning in the late ’80s, Kirk started to shift his focus to becoming an author. He wrote Dance with the Devil in 1990 and Last Tango in Brooklyn in 1994.

Over the course of his career, he has received a number of prestigious awards. In 1996, he won an Honorary Academy Award for “50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.”

In his statement, Michael Douglas wrote, “Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” Michael added. “Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”

Kirk Douglas Young Photo

GettyAmerican actor Kirk Douglas looks at a book with his second wife, Anne Buydens, in 1956.

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