Anne Douglas Dies: Kirk Douglas Widow & Longtime Philanthropist Was 102

Anne Douglas, a longtime philanthropist and former publicist for the Cannes Film Festival who was married to Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas for 65 years until his death in 2020, died today at her Beverly Hills home. She was 102.

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

“My father could never keep a secret. Anne was just the opposite,” “That’s why when I read their co-authored book, Kirk and Anne, in which she talked about her early life in Germany; her war years in occupied Paris; her career before she met my father; she also included their private correspondence, which gave me new insights into their courtship and marriage. Anne was more than a stepmother, and never `wicked.’ She brought out the best in all of us, especially our father. Dad would never have had the career he did without Anne’s support and partnership. Catherine and I and the children adored her. She will always be in our hearts.”

Anne Douglas was an avid philanthropist, co-founding the Cedars-Sinai Research for Women’s Cancers. She and her husband also led a massive campaign to refurbish playgrounds at Los Angeles Unified School District campuses, renovating more than 400 and always personally attending dedication ceremonies when they opened.

She also funded the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission downtown, and the Douglas Foundation has contributed more than $118 million to a variety of causes, including the Motion Picture and Television Home’s Alzheimers and dementia unit, Sinai Temple’s Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Center and St. Lawrence University’s Kirk Douglas scholarships for minority students.

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City News Service contributed to this report.

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