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Kirk Douglas’ widow and longtime philanthropist was 102 – Deadline

Longtime philanthropist and former publicist Anne Douglas, married to Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas for 65 years until her death in 2020, died today at her Beverly Hills home. She was 102 years old.

Her stepson, Oscar winner Michael Douglas said in a statement released by the family:

“My father was never able to keep a secret. Anne was exactly the opposite. “” That’s why, when I read their co-authored book, Kirk and Anne, in which she spoke of her youth in Germany; his war years in occupied Paris; his career before meeting my father; she also included their private correspondence, which gave me new insights into their relationship and marriage. Anne was more than a mother-in-law, and never “mean”. She brought out the best in all of us, especially our dad. Dad would never have had the career he made without Anne’s support and partnership. Catherine, I and the kids loved her. She will always be in our hearts.

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The elder Douglases is co-author of the 2017 book Kirk and Anne: love letters, laughter and a life in Hollywood.

Anne Douglas was a passionate philanthropist, co-founder of Cedars-Sinai Research on Women’s Cancers. She and her husband also led a massive campaign to renovate the playgrounds on campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District, renovating more than 400 and still personally attending dedication ceremonies when they open.

She has also funded the Anne Douglas Center for Women of the Los Angeles Mission downtown, and the Douglas Foundation has contributed over $ 118 million to various causes, including the Alzheimers and Dementia unit of Motion Picture and Television. Home, Kirk and Anne Douglas of Sinai Temple. Kirk Douglas Children’s Center and St. Lawrence University Scholarships for Minority Students.

Born Anne Buydens on April 23, 1919, in Hanover, Germany, Douglas also had a sporadic career as a producer on feature films. Naughty (1973) and Deep river (2009) and as a co-EP on the 2009 documentary Kirk Douglas: Before I forget.

Survivors by a son Peter; step-sons Michael and Joel; stepdaughters Catherine and Lisa; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Lua Izzy and Ryder; and one sister, Merle Werbke. Her son Eric died in 2004.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Anne Douglas Center of the Los Angeles Mission.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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